What's Fish Fry?
"Fish Fry is the Bahamian version of, say, the fair. It's where the
locals go on the weekends and eat local food. It's fresh food. [He
leafs through the guidebook.] They don't say anything about Fish
Fry here. It's very local."
Where would you take Vanessa for a romantic
"Graycliff. When a celebrity shows up in town and they want
high-end, top-of-the-line presentation, food, and service, they go
to Graycliff. It's downtown, in the Bay Street area. It's on a hill
and is actually a part of an old hotel they've redone. They have a
great wine cellar with more than 175,000 bottles of wine. They have
cigars that they make, too."
Do they serve Bahamian food?
"Yeah, it's local Bahamian food, but it's done with a five-star
presentation. The first time I went was with family members from
Canada who came to town. I was only like 12. My dad and mom took
me. I was like, 'Wow.' Graycliff was also the first place I took my
wife when I came back after I had some money. Oh, she was quite
impressed. She had been there before, like 10 years earlier, during
her music career. To me, to go back on a date was a lot different
than going with your mom and dad. The wine and a cigar - I felt
like a big shot."
Where else did you go when you were growing
"My dad used to take my mom and me, and my brothers and sisters,
for brunch at the Nassau Beach Hotel. Most of the restaurants and
food experiences I had were at hotels like the old Paradise Island
Resort & Casino, which Merv Griffin owned before it became the
Atlantis. We would eat at the many different restaurants there.
They still have the Bahamian Club in the Atlantis. It's a five-star
restaurant. They've got it as a two-star in this guidebook. Maybe
they got it backward."