In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
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Cabrera, Dominican Republic
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We spent about 10 days in
Cabrera, Dominican Republic, a sleepy little town with a distinct Caribbean
feel. Walking down by the sea on the newly finished malecon, we ran into
this seaside restaurant.
Right out of Jimmy Buffet's playbook, Manny's
Restaurant was an unassuming place to hang out, get a cold beer on a hot day,
have some lunch and listen to great music. We noticed right at the entrance was
a sign reading that Trip Advisor said it was "The BEST."
Ok... let's check it out!
At about 45 Dominican Pesos to one USD, the
menu offers chicken, conch, pasta and fish from $8USD to $15USD a plate. Want
chicken with garlic cream? mushrooms? or bacon? How about Carbonara pasta or
Drink prices here run from $2USD to $9USD for
a Margarita with Patron tequila.
Settling in for a
Manny's is an open air
restaurant with upstairs seating as well. Great music was playing from the
collection on a computer and service was friendly and quick.
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Manny is the owner and a local Dominican. As
a businessman, he lived in Germany for quite some time wearing business suits
and speaking German. I can just imagine him in a suit with the topknot on his
head, Caribbean accent and a man of the sun, walking around in Germany.
Manny loves his adopted town of Cabrera and
has had his restaurant for about six years now. He says he likes the safety and
friendliness of the town, but his steady clientele is the older retiree. The
town isn't really "happening" for good night life and he is still very young,
looking for more.
He is thinking of branching out to do a
restaurant in another tourist town with a beach that has younger patrons.
Currently he owns this property and lives behind the restaurant.
Manny cooking our meal
Manny's Restaurant is a typical Caribbean
restaurant; casual, approachable, laid back.
View of the sea from inside the restaurant
As you can see, the floor is sand and
pebbles. Seats are basic, but the view is terrific. On the other side of this
malecon is the cliff and a drop off of about 80 feet to the ocean.
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There's not much to do in Cabrera and we did
not notice an active expat community with bridge clubs, a theater, dining clubs
or book clubs. It is very quiet and Cabrera proper has no beaches, only the
stunning cliff view.
Our meal of conch arrabiata pasta was 450
Pesos, about $10USD. It was large enough for the both of us to share and feel
satisfied. It was tasty beyond belief with the pasta, salad, beet puree and
fried plantain chips.
The Crab Special
Since our meal was so delicious the first
time we visited Manny's, we decided to return. This time we ordered the Crab
Special and we both agreed that it was one of the tastiest meals we have had
here on the island.
If you ever visit Cabrera,
make it a point to visit Manny's. You can't miss it, it's a stand alone
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