We’re positioning ourselves to cross over to the states in the next 3 1/2 weeks, so we’ve begun saying goodbye to some of our favorite places. We’re anchored in Elbow Cay, near the Abaco Inn, on the opposite side of the island from Hope Town. From here, it’s about a mile walk to our favorite take-away place, Mackey’s.
We lunched there again for the 3rd day in a row. Today’s specials were sweet & sour conch and barbecue ribs. I had the conch – duh – and George had the ribs – the best ribs we’ve had in the Abacos by far.
We almost gave up on Mackey’s because no one could tell us where they were located. I’ve only seen them mentioned on one local forum in passing and no directions were included. This seems to be the common thread on local forums – unless something will bring in tourists and revenue, it’s not mentioned. Negative feedback on rentals, restaurants and services is also taboo. And whatever you do, don’t mention shark attacks!
Since Mackey’s is about 2.5 miles from the resort rentals in Hope Town, and doesn’t offer happy hour, bingo night, free golf cart pick-up service, or a water view, the obvious assumption is that tourists won’t be interested in it. I’m glad I’m not a tourist.
When we asked people in Hope Town for directions, one woman actually said, “Why? Do you just like the food?” Um…I don’t know about you, but good food is pretty high on our list of reasons to visit a restaurant. Another woman replied, “You’re going to walk there? In this heat?”
We had to find Mackey’s on our own and judging from the huge crowd of locals at lunch, they do just fine even being “so far away.”
Everything on the menu is fresh, perfectly prepared and delicious. Can’t decide? You can’t go wrong with the day’s specials. Having lunch there? Don’t make any plans for dinner. You won’t be hungry.