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Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

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Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

I am kind of torn between these two. Anyone with experience with both care to offer an opinion?

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1. Re: Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

Toss a coin, both are excellent! Great food, owners and settings.

I may choose Barrel Stay only because its in Sandy Ground and easy to get to the Pumphouse and Elvis's for later if that is important to you.

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2. Re: Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

Daffy:

Would a group of 4 need reservations at Barrel Stay in late May? Or could we just go there and get a good table close to the water. Also, what time does the music start at Elvis' or the Pumphouse? thanks for any help. I'll be in Anguilla May 20th through the 23rd, so am looking for a fun evening out. Sharon

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3. Re: Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

LOL Daffy-toss a coin is right. Both have lovely

settings--so no wrong choice.

It always helps to make a reservation, especially

if its slow as it lets the chef and staff know

what to expect.

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4. Re: Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

I think it is always helpful to the restaurant to make a reservation. You can always cancel it.

A nice idea would also be to have a before-dinner drink at Malli while you watch the sunset and then meander over to Straw Hat right down the beach, for dinner.

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5. Re: Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

Boy, that is a difficult choice. I love them both. We had just excellent meals at both this past November. If you can get to both I'd do it!

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6. Re: Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

Toss a coin, to decide the dinner.

Then have lunch at the other.

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7. Re: Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

Live music at the Pumphouse starts 10'ish. Depending on what band or DJ Elvis has lined up, could be as early as 8:00. Pumphouse Thursday for Musical Brothers is a must-do if you can stay up!

I think by mid-May you will catch sunset from Straw Hat...it might be a bit early for the sun's position with respect to Barrel Stay. If you choose Barrel Stay for dinner (and intend for it to be romantic), please don't do Mondays or Thursdays - the two days Tropical is usually in unloading their cargo.

Have a great time!

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8. Re: Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

Sharon

Even though it's off season, if you want a table by the water you should call and request that. I think Barrel Stay is closed on Wednesdays.

Still remember the delicioius pork tenderloin I had there in Nov.

If you go to Elvis or the Pumphouse bring some bug spray. For some reason they didn't bother us at Barrel Stay.

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9. Re: Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

delicious (sp)

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10. Re: Straw Hat vs. Barrel Stay

I like it spelled better the other way!

:-)