Holy Buckets! This is nom nom nom nom (wipes sauce from corner of mouth), nom nom nom.
Spoonaz Facebook page has been taunting me for weeks! Weeks I tell you! Every time they posts that they are doing smoked ribs and that it sells out. I hear friends talking about it and every week, something keeps coming up that prevents me from making that visit to this lovely photo cafe bar & bar. Finally I clear my schedule for a Saturday, double check that smoked ribs are on the menu for the day and immediately I feel the grumbling wants from my tummy.
Spoonaz Photo & Cafe and Bar is located on North Front Street in Belize City and their deck overlooks the historical Haulover Creek. Their Facebook page describes themselves as “A place for locals and visitors to relax and enjoy the warmth of Belizean hospitality.” The “chef” responsible for their smoked ribs is no other than Jeremy Spooner who some may know as “da white man weh tek picha”. Jeremy has been taking photos for years in Belize from the 1hr Mini Lab and I am not sure how framing shots spilled over to tinkering around in the kitchen but I am most certainly glad it did. After a complete overhaul of the 1hr mini lab, The Photo Cafe & Bar was born. The cafe is a delightful getaway from the bustle of North Front street and their menu has a simple yet tasty range of food, from meat pies to home made quiche (oh, believe me, that quiche deserves its own blog post). Love coffee? Then stop in and pick up a hot cup, always served fresh. They have a great bean selection, both local and abroad, to satisfy everyone’s taste. Not feeling for coffee but prefer a cold Belikin Beer? That is fine too because they serve up the entire line of beers from Belikin.
While I have dropped by on many occasions to grab some grub and a hot cup of coffee, my agenda for Saturday was strictly for their smoked ribs. After much testing and experimenting, Jeremy has perfected the seasoning and smoking of the ribs. They are served up with red kidney beans cooked with pigtail to give that signature Belizean taste along with cole slaw and a big fresh flour tortilla. While the trimmings on this plate were tasty, I was all about making sure I got full off of ribs. Before I could even indulge in the taste, the aroma kicked my hunger into high gear as the smokey smell of the ribs rose up from my plate. The meat was so tender and I didn’t have to fight with the bone to get off the meat because the meat just slipped right off. I have no clue where Spoonaz gets his ribs but they are meaty! Sure there is some fat but only enough to lend itself to the taste. His seasoning or rub has the perfect balance of heat. I am not much for pepper and found the heat level on the ribs just right to give that sensation on your tongue and lips. There is a pepper sauce on the table if you need to amp up the heat but I thought that would mess with the taste profile of the ribs. The smokey taste is just so right. Jeremy keeps them in the smoker for hours to give them that signature taste that everyone buzzes about.
Wait, what?! Ribs again this Saturday! (October 17th, 2015). Oh yeah!
- Stalk out their Facebook Page for updates on their menu and when they are doing their ribs and then email them to reserve your order.
- Don’t get takeout. Go to the back on the deck and get a seat overlooking Haulover Creek to take in the view and cool breeze.
- If you see Jeremy, chat with him. He is always up for a good conversation about anything, food, politics, photography 😉
RESTAURANT: Spoonaz Cafe and Photo Bar
LOCATION: 89 North Front Street
post by: JC Cuellar