The Larder

With top-notch food at affordable prices, The Larder is Antigua’s culinary rising star. The ‘gourmet-to-go’ concept was recently introduced to the island by the gifted husband and wife team, Drew and Ali Knoll. These smart young chefs have tapped into the need for imaginative, great-tasting food in a friendly environment. And Antigua is loving it.

The small, cheery gourmet shop bustles midday with a daily changing menu, a well-stocked deli and an array of great retail products. Billed as a ‘unique catering and gastronomic retail store’, there’s a wealth of options: take out, eat in (11 am – 7 pm), order for picnics, barbecues, parties and special events. Tables and chairs outside are good for people watching at lunchtime and for happy hour on Friday evenings, when things get cozy. There’s a small but good selection of wines, beers and juices, and the coffees are excellent.

Drew was Executive Chef at Antigua’s swanky Pavilion restaurant. Under his stewardship it notched up the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award and featured on the 2007 Condé Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’. Before moving to Antigua he was Executive Chef at Emeril’s Delmonico restaurant in New Orleans. His wife, Ali, also an accomplished chef, opened the first tapas restaurant in New Orleans. Credentials like these pretty much guarantee success.

Food at The Larder is freshly prepared using seasonal ingredients. The menu is wide ranging and imaginative, reflecting various culinary influences. There’s a particular nod to the unique flavors of the Mediterranean and New Orleans.

  • Some Larder favorites: chicken Andouille gumbo; salmon tacos with jalapeño-pickled cabbage; Sloppy Drew (pulled barbecue pork with cilantro/apple slaw). And if you need a simple burger fix, they’re terrific here. The homemade cookies are also heavenly.
  • On a budget’ Eat for under US$10 by selecting from a great range of foods at the deli counter.
  • Check out their website for more information
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