Colors by the Sea Restaurant and Bar was introduced to Abaco on February 5 by owner Jennifer Duncombe. Already, it is becoming a favourite among locals and visitors who’ve left online five-star reviews about the friendly staff, excellent food and good prices.
Certainly, the menu has a lot to do with its growing popularity as it features an exciting line up of seafood including shrimp and filleted fish, chicken fingers and chicken wings, burgers, pasta, gourmet dishes, quesadillas, and delicious sides of Jasmine rice, cole slaw, vegetables, plantain and salads.
All meats can be prepared grilled, fried or sautéed, and burgers are made from beef logs instead of frozen patties. Jennifer notes that lobster will be added to the menu when the season re-opens.
House drinks like “The Primer” and other assorted drinks and shots are available along with Colors’ signature frozen margaritas particularly the coconut margarita. There are themed days like Taco Tuesdays and Wacky Wings Wednesdays, and Free Yourself Fridays every Friday, which is complimented by Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Customers can choose from a vast selection of domestic beers and other beers, wine and assorted shots, or order from the create-a-meal styles menu that gives patrons the flexibility to personalize their orders to their liking.
When it comes to the conch fritters, Jennifer calls them “exceptional,” and I can attest to that after sampling the conchy, flavourful Bahamian favourite on my visit there. As for Colors’ price point, the menu items are affordably priced in comparison to neighbouring restaurants. For example, customers can purchase a half a dozen conch fritters from $4, or order a full-course meal that ranges between $25 to $30.
Not only can you relieve the pressure off your wallet, Colors also lends itself to an ambience of relaxation so its customers can unwind, the music is turned down at a conversational level, and those dining in can enjoy a regular sit down for dinner or shake a leg as the evening draws on. Six flat screen televisions allow customers to view sporting events while dining, and VHF communication is on location for boaters to communicate with the staff.
Colors features vibrantly colored LED lights that transform the walls of the restaurant at night to a hypnotic display of interchangeable colors. Laser lights make up the back drop of the bar area, and there are also lit shot trays, and a beer tower that lights up and holds up to nine bottles of beer.
“I call them my happy lights or happy colors,” Jennifer exclaims. “They wake you up, and put you in a good frame of mind.”
As the business expands, Jennifer plans to introduce a one-man band because the space is presently limited; however, the deck will be expanded in short order with a smoking section added near the entrance of the restaurant. Currently, there is no smoking and no pets allowed.
With an eye for consistency, Jennifer said their core, sought-after market are the locals because they will help the business to ride out the slow season when other restaurants tend to close. She is also targeting the working crowd who want to come into Colors to eat and unwind while enjoying a quality meal at an affordable price.
“I call it the priming spot,” she emphasizes, “that’s why we named a drink after it.”
In addition to the excellent food, drinks and prices, Jennifer brags on her awesome, attentive team of staff members.
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Colors’ business hours are extended on Fridays and Saturdays sometimes up to midnight or 1 a.m. depending on the traffic from their customers. Colors also caters to the after-church crowd on Sundays, birthday groups any day of the week, and it is open on holidays as well. Major credit cards are accepted.
Colors is located on East Bay Street (one-way street) in Marsh Harbour in the former Conchy Joe’s Restaurant Building. The restaurant is listed online on Trip Advisor as well as Facebook and Instagram under Colors by the Sea. E-mails can be sent to Jennifer Duncombe at firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone number for Colors by the Sea is: 1(242)699-3294.