We all dread Mondays. Deep down, even that one person in the office that skips into work after every weekend with a smile spread wide across their face secretly hates Mondays. Seriously.
That being said, if you’ve decided to take the Monday off to extend your weekend; you don’t work on Mondays because you’re in the hospitality business; or, it’s one of those precious public holidays; you’ll find there is plenty to do.
If you’re in the mood for some traditional Caribbean food to start off your day, head down Eastern Avenue, where opposite Uncle Bill’s you’ll find Sam’s Quality Jerk and More, a quaint yet charming restaurant that serves an alluring array of Jamaican and Caribbean classics. From award-winning jerk chicken and pork to ackee and saltfish and oxtail soup, they’ve got it all. Breakfast starts here at 7 a.m., Monday to Friday, so the early birds among us can grab breakfast as well as beat the morning rush. Not bad for a Monday morning.
For those of us who are vegan, or simply looking for a healthy start to the day, Bread and Chocolate, located right in the heart of George Town, is the perfect place to grab a vegan spot of breakfast. Here, from 8 a.m. until 3p.m., you can flush out the previous weekend’s mistakes with a diverse selection of scrumptious breakfast dishes, including vegan French toast, pancakes, and waffles.
Conversely, if you’re looking for a more standard way to begin the day, you can’t go wrong with the host of established local eateries and diners. Few will be unfamiliar with the likes of Eats, Treats, and Full of Beans. Eats and Treats provide similar diner-style eating experiences, and both serve breakfast all day from 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. respectively, while Full of Beans serves coffee barista-style alongside a selection of delectable savory breakfast dishes.
Come lunchtime, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the myriad lunch spots around the island. Eats serves breakfast all day to accompany its range of diner-style lunch selections, while Bread and Chocolate serves from its scrumptious lunch menu from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Although it’s only been open for the better part of half a year, Pico has established itself as a fantastic place to grab a quick lunch if you’re in the midtown area. A casual taqueria with quick service, here customers can pick and choose what they want in their burritos, tacos and quesadillas – a bit like a Mexican subway – and prices are attractive. They also let you build your own salads, so if you’re unfortunate enough to be beaten by the lunchtime rush at Bread and Chocolate, fret not, Pico has got you well covered.
There isn’t a better way to beat the blues than ignoring the fact that it’s Monday altogether. As it is a slower night of the week for many venues, you have better odds of finding good food and drink deals on the menu. Happy hour at the Attic, for example, runs all day until 7 p.m. with $16.50 Budweiser buckets, $6 glasses of house wine, 2-for-$10 cocktails and $10 beergarita pitchers. These are nice prices, particularly for anyone working in the service industry with the next day off. The bar is also open until 2 a.m.
If, however, you are working on Tuesday and staying out until the early hours sounds like a bad idea, there are plenty of other options more conducive to getting to work on time, come Tuesday morning. Enjoy the sunset and live music from DJ Urusai at Royal Palms with 2-4-1 drinks from 5 to 7 p.m., or take advantage of happy hour at Macabuca, where you can also treat yourself to a Caribbean-style all you can eat BBQ from 5 to 10 p.m. At sunset, live Caribbean music can also be enjoyed by patrons of the Tortuga Beach Bar at the Westin.
The Ritz-Carlton’s Seven restaurant has a happy hour where certain cocktails and appetizers are all $7 each. Fans of bourbon will be in their glory here, and we can’t recommend the sliders enough. Affordable indulgence.