Whether you’re downing daiquiris at a sand bar or noshing on a mahi mahi BLT at Blanchards Beach Shack, Anguilla’s dining scene is never mediocre. A highly competitive culinary culture, where it’s practically a right of passage for local chefs trained at the five-star resorts to go on and open their own award-winning restaurants, flourishes. Despite the fact that 150 millionaire villas exist on this tiny isle, the range of eating establishments is huge and it’s far from being strictly top-end.

Cheap and cheerful

Owned by a French pâtissier, Le Bon Pain is home to freshly baked bread and pastries (264-497-4090). For lunch, feast on mahi mahi sandwiches served with pickle spread beachside at Smokey’s at the Cove (264-497-6582).

Still not breaking the bank

Decent mid-priced recommendations for dinner are Tasty’s Restaurant and Oliver’s Seaside Grill, whose resort-trained owners skillfully execute homestyle menus.

For the big spender

For a special date, the best sushi in the West Indies is served at the CuisinArt’s Tokyo Bay, a Nobu lookalike. Or dine alongside heads of state and Hollywood elites at Blanchards.