As you seek out the Fort Street Restaurant in Belize City, you will first notice the lovely old colonial-style residence that houses the establishment. Surrounded by lush greenery, the manor has withstood the tests of time and nature since 1928. While “Number Four, Fort Street” is well known for its fine food, it also accommodates a small guesthouse. Teresa and Hugh Parkey took over the business several years ago, and their hands-on attention has made it popular with locals and tourists alike, for everyday dining and special occasions.
The front steps of the house lead up to the main floor, where you will find the light and airy dining room, which is air-conditioned. It is surrounded by a veranda which also has tables, for guests to enjoy their meals out in the fresh Caribbean breeze.
We have had the privilege of dining at the Fort Street Restaurant many times, and find their menu to be the most creative and diverse that we have seen. The primary emphasis is on Belize’s fresh bounty of seafood, with lobster, shrimp, crab and conch leading the parade. You will also find a tasty selection of fish such as grouper, snapper and kingfish, to satisfy all palates. A couple of our favorites in this department are the Steamed Reef Crab Claws with Parsley-Lime Butter and Grouper Del Rey, a baked fillet served with sautéed spinach and cheddar cheese; each costing US$12.
Landlubbers will also find a tempting choice of local beef, chicken or pork. Our favorites here are Mahogany Chicken, which is smoked with mahogany chips and served with a cranberry-cilantro salsa ($10), and Pepita Crusted Pork Chops, which are smoked chops breaded with seeds, and pan-fried ($14). These Belizean-style, smoked meats are quite different from what most visitors are accustomed to, and are delightfully flavored.
And then there’s the famous Fort Street desserts: Most notably, their (secret recipe) Luscious Lime Pie and Death By Chocolate. A word of warning: You may want to consider your dessert choice before ordering your meal. All menu items are served in generous portions, and one slice of “Death” (or any other dessert) could last a small person for almost a week…so plan ahead, or plan to share!
The conscientious management of Robert Argue has produced an extremely friendly restaurant staff and a delightful dining experience at the Fort Street Restaurant.
They are open Monday through Saturday for breakfast (7-10 a.m.), lunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30-10 p.m.); and Sundays for breakfast and dinner only. The breakfast and lunch menus are as creative and flavourful as the dinner menu, and reasonably priced. At dinner, an average meal with a glass of wine will cost US$25 and up. Special dinners are often planned for various holidays and a traditional American turkey dinner is served on Thanksgiving Day, complete with pecan pie.
The Fort Street Restaurant and Guesthouse is located in the historic Fort George area of Belize City, at #4 Fort Street.