Our humble kitchen has been producing dinner here in Hopkins, Belize for over 18 years. That may not seem like that long, but when you realize that we only got electricity 22 years ago and that this kitchen was the only thing standing in the midst of dense jungle, it puts our heritage into perspective!
The original owner was a wiry old Nordic woman named Sharon, who would cook and serve right in front of you with a cigarette dangling from her mouth, its long ash hanging precariously over your food! The restaurant took a serious upturn when it was taken over in 2006 by Tony and Angela Marsico. They’d built up the Two Rivers Lodge in Fairbanks over 20 years into one of Alaska’s premier dining establishments, and brought that culinary experience to Belize.
In 2015, Tony turned over the kitchen to Shane Martinez, a young local man, whom he’d trained up from a dishwasher into the fine, young chef he is today. When the current owners took over, they worked with Shane and Dougie (his brother and sous-chef), to take what they’d learned from Tony, and produce a world-class menu that could rival the best restaurants from their home in New York City. We’ve also introduced a brunch and lunch menu that combines popular classics with a Belizean flair!
We’re not fully convinced we’ve reached that goal yet, but what we can promise is what the Barracuda has delivered since it was just an outpost in the jungle--quality food, using the freshest local ingredients, served in a simple beachfront setting by people who care. Since its inception, the owners have always lived above the restaurant, and that tradition continues today, with Jessica, Ryan, and their two children Fay and Rex. So when we say, we want you to feel at home, we mean it. Welcome home!
Belize Hopkins Lunch Bar
The Sea Bar
The Sea Bar is the biggest party on the beach in Hopkins. Featuring an extensive drink menu, beers on ice, and wood-fired pizzas and kebabs, Birdman has created a great mix of locals and tourists for one of the most eclectic crowds in Hopkins.
Located on the beach, just behind the Barracuda Bar and Grill, it’s open Saturdays and Sundays noon-5pm
Belize Hopkins Coffee Shop
Amped Coffee serves a variety of coffee drinks and pastries in our air conditioned cafe. We have all your favorite espresso drinks, cold brew, and full range of creamers from milk, to whole cream, to almond and soy milk. Our pastries, including our famous Belizean meat pies (beef, chicken, and veggie) and coconut crusts, are baked daily on-premises.