The Lime Inn: One of St. John's best
The Lime Inn is about three blocks from the dock in Cruz Bay. Parking is very limited. But once there, it was wonderful. We had just arrived and needed to egt into Island mode. The people at the restaurant were friendly and helpful, getting us seated quickly after a couple of drinks at the bar. The food was top notch! We both had something different and both meals were fresh and tasty.
Favorite Dish: Hands down, my meal, the langostinos was the best even tho my sister in law's blackened fish was very good too.
Havana Blue: GREAT FOOD
Our Group of 11 went there at 6:00 and was able to sit right down. It sits right on Morning Star beach and looks over the ocean. YOu can see the cruise ships depart right past your seat. The menu looked almost too go to be true, everything looked great. The only bad thing was that there did not seem to be enough staff. It took over 10 minutes for use to order drinks, then another 10 to get them. Too long to wait for a $10 mojitio, eventhough it was the best i have ever had.
Review of Various Restaurants: St Thomas Restaurants
This trip I went to:
East End Cafe & Herve - Very Good
Duffy's - we liked alot, especially the drinks.
Burrito Bay Deli, Coconut's Bar & Grill - Love the Wraps.
Molly Malones - great ruben sandwich.
Cuzzin's - the side items were good but the ribs were *** poor.
Margarita Phil's (Cruz Bay) - didn't care for the food and the margaritas were nothing to write home about. Would not eat here again.
Iggies at Bolongo & Fungi's at Point Plesant - both good.
Agave Terrace - we heard the food was good here but ended up walking out after ordering our drinks. Our server Ken was very rude and seemed truly disinterested in serving us. The host did offer to assign another server to our table, but we declined. The movie "Waiting" came to mind so we left.
Past Trips: St Thomas: Off the Hook was OK, for what we paid I didn't feel we got what we paid for, Blue Moon - good, Roberts at the Elysian - good food, W'Indies Sunday BBQ - Good, Banana Tree Grille - not worth the $$$.
Favorite Dish: Herve and East End Cafe were the top 2 restaurants so far.
Herve - I had a spinach and mushroom quiche.
East End Cafe - I had a filet with mushroom and white truffle sauce.Related to:
Foods to Try: Virgin Islands Cuisine
Favorite Dish: Some of the local foods are:
Johnny Cake -fried dough
Pates -fried or baked turnovers filled with seafood, chicken or beef.
Kallaloo&b -stew of spinach, okra and seafood
Fungi -cornmeal blended with okra
Pictured here are some local fruits.
Conch -seafood served in steamed or fried fritters
Escabeche -cold pickled fish
Dine Al Fresco on Saffire Beach
The great thing about this restaurant is that you can literally step off the beach and onto this covered dining terrace. They do ask you to wear a beach cover up though! Whether on the beach or terrace, other islands are part of the view and oh, what a view it is. It's almost too much for the eyes and brain to absorb...the beach, the aquamarine waters, parasails and St. John Island in the distance!
At first glance, $8.50 for a pita club sandwhich and $9 for a plate of nachos seemed par for the course for St. Thomas. It was a delicious and pleasant surprise that when the food arrived, each order was more than enough for 2 people sharing! Order a frozen fruit smoothie for dessert!
Favorite Dish: The triple-decker pita club was piled high with avocado, chicken, tomato and greens on tasty, soft pita.
Pizza Amore: Pizza
Not a restaurant, but a pizza place with delivery. Pizza Pies, Pizza Slice, Sandwiches and Salads. I've only had the pizza here (twice, take-out), with pepperoni, onion, and mushrooms. V. good, not greasy, and fresh. Price: For an 18 inch pizza woth 3 toppings, it cost $18. For 4 people that's not bad.
Molly Malones: A taste of Ireland
The only authentic Irish pub in the USVI. They serve tradtional Irish food, as well as American burgers, etc. Overlooks the red Hook harbour and is located in a kind of very small outdoors mall, with a ice-cream place (the other Cold Stone Creamery'), other restaurants, and some shops. Duffy's is across the road.
Average prices for the island.
Favorite Dish: The bonnies big burger.
Foxy's: Foxy's in Jost Van Dyke - BVI
Not really American food, but sandwiches with chips, inc. the ;flying fish' sandwich. Really, if you make it to Jost van Dyke, a British Virgin Island, you'll make it to Foxy's. I went there as part of a day's sailing trip.
No shoes needed, as most people are coming to Foxy's via dingy from their boat. Extremely relaxed place, with picnic style tables. Foxy, the owner, will even play his guitar and tell jokes while you eat.
Food is very good. I had the 'flying fish' sandwich, but I forget what type of fish it was. Great though. Waitress was very helpful and friendly.
Price was $8 for a sandwich.
There's also a shop next door, where you can buy postcards, clothing and even cigars.
Favorite Dish: The 'Flying Fish' sandwich that came with chips, a pickle, pasta salad, and s small salad. I'm told it is very popular.
Duffy's Love Shack: Duffy's
It's been described as a 'winnebago in a car park', but Duffy's is more like a deluxe winnebago on the edge of a car park. A shack, with Caribbean and Hawaii decor.
Very popular with locals and tourists alike, Dress is casual. They have tables in the shack, which also houses a small dance floor, and outdoors.
I had a chicken caesar salad which was very good, but most people come here for the drinks. You get to keep the monkey, parrot, shark, whatever, ceramic cup that your drink comes in (depends what you have). Try the flamming 'Love Shack Volcano'. Or 'The Shark Tank' - a blue 64 oz concoction of 5 different rums and tropical liquors - for which you get the theme tune to 'Jaws' played, the lights flashed and the smoke machine cranked whilst they bring you your drinks. You also get a lai and a sticker that says 'I got laid at Duffy's Love Shack'.
Great for the young and old, but I've been told that it gets really busy at night, because young people on the island come here. So if you're an older couple, have kids, or aren't into crowded places, come for dinner, but leave before 9pm and you'll miss the crowds.
Favorite Dish: The caesar salad.Related to:
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Craig and Sally's: Craig and Sally's
I've put this restaurant under seafood, but they also serve pasta, lamb, veal, salads.
The menu changes everyday. I ate here tonight (April 3rd '03) and had yellow tailed snapper, with spinach linguine, lobster, calamare, and a very good sauce that's name I forget.
Very nice atmosphere. Dress is smart/casual. Mixture of locals and tourists.
Located in Frenchtown, the building is small, but the inside is nicely decorated in a colonial sort of fashion.
Waiters are overly helpful, but what you'd expect in an expensive restaurant such as this.
Price: the bill came to $450 for 7 people, including wine and tip.
Not a family restaurant from what I could tell.
Favorite Dish: The yellow tailed snapper.Related to:
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Sib's on the Mountain: Great food at Sib's
I've put it under American, but really it's just a great restaurant. Everything from salads (I had a Greek salad), to fish and pasta.
I've been here loads just to walk around (is a 5 min. walk from where I'm staying) and it has a great garden, which is lit up with fairy lights at night, with a stream. The owner, Ted, is really friendly although I haven't met any of the staff as I've only had take out.
Although it's 'On the Mountain Top', there are no views of Charlotte Amalie, or the beaches here, but the surroundings are nice in themselves.
There's a bar next to the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: The Greek salad.
Pizza Hut, Hard Rock, Mc Donalds...: Avoid big name restaurants
Although it's tempting to eat somewhere that is familiar to you in both surrounding and food, I would try and avoid all the fast food restaurants in Charlotte Amalie. There's everything from Pizza Hut to McDonalds here, but they offer nothing that you can't get at home. Instead, try a local seafood restaurant, which will offer fresh fish. An obvious tip but one I wanted to share.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Caneel Bay Buffet: Bring an Appetite
Friday Night Seafood Buffet at the Caneel Bay hotel restaurant. It's pricey ($60/person), but if you've got an appetite and appreciate fine food, it's a rare experience. The buffet includes a variety of gourmet-level appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts - including all the Carribean lobster you can eat. Would go back again.
Favorite Dish: Far too many standouts to choose just one.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Lime Inn: Great seafood in Cruz Bay
Open air spot in Cruz Bay with tropical ambiance and a variety of seafood - skillful dishes without gourmet excesses. It's a fairly casual spot wih mid-range prices - would again be first choice of where to dine.
Favorite Dish: 3 lb. Carribean lobster - definitely worth a splurge!Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Ramano's: Don't Drink the Water
First off don't drink any water in the Islands unless its from a sealed bottle.
tap water comes from the sky and is held in gigantic storage tanks called "sisterns"
and you in the tropics --a perfect breading ground for all sorts of nasty stuff.
Ramano's is best kept for that hot date that you want to impress
-Best service I've ever had ... ever!!!
-Food is outstanding and your gunna pay for it to
Favorite Dish: Dishes change seasonally.
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