Bocas Del Toro has some interesting lunch spots if you have time for a leisurely lunch. No fast food to speak of, but the food is excellent and is made fresh to order.
Lily’s is located in Bocas Town on a pier with a great view of the water. The food is mostly Jamaican and the menu is large. It is the home of the “Killing Me Man Sauce” which definitely needs to be approached with care. Lunches are priced from $4 to $10.
Shelly’s offers a Panamanian version of the taco, a grilled burrito. If you go to Shelly’s we recommend Number Four for a great lunch. Shelly’s is located downtown just behind the Laguna Hotel. Shelly won the chili cook in the last two years, so be prepared for a good meal. Lunches are priced at $4 and up.
Om is Indian food and it’s great and the sight of people walking around is fun. The menu has many options and many flavors. They are located in the center of Bocas near the Municipal Building. Om is moderately priced.
El Pecado is just great no matter what you order the Sub sandwich may be the best you’ve ever eaten and the service is excellent. El Pecado is located in the Hotel Laguna on the main street right across from the park. Lunches are priced at $5 and up.
Chitré is a Panamanian restaurant that has excellent chicken, rice, beans, and salad or pork and beef, also served with rice, beans, and salad. You will have to share a table quite often as it is small. The price is cheap and you get a lot.
La Coralina is located near Bluff Beach and has a fantastic view of the ocean and is worth the taxi cost. The food is excellent, the service is good and the hotel is fun. They even have a pool table, botchiball court, and a little gift shop. Lunches are moderately priced.
In Las Cabañas there are two excellent Panamanian restaurants whose names remain a mystery, but both have excellent food. The food is traditional Panamanian and everything comes with rice, beans, and salad. Lunches are cheap. The taxi drivers know where they are, so ask them to take you to the cabins.
Lunch is fun in Bocas, so take your time and enjoy.