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:
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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.
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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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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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.
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.
There are so many great...
There are so many great restaurants on St John, but our favorite for special dinners is Asolare; for fish it's Fishtrap, and for lunch and all-you-can-eat shrimp on Wednesdays it's Lime Inn. Best cheesburger is at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay and 2nd best is at the snackbar at Trunk Bay. Cheap beer at Freds or Mooies at anytime and other places for happy hour.
Asolare has great views and sunsets. Menu has Pacific rim character and constructed dishes. Fishtrap has good family ambience and most reasonable prices. Lime Inn is a great lunch place and reservations are a must in the evening (except Wed when it's 1st come).
Favorite Dish: Asolare's menu changes, but we love the tuna when they have it. Any special on Fishtrap's daily menu. Shrimp at the Lime Inn or caribbean lobster.
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.
Shipwreck Tavern: Don't Miss the Nachos and Burgers!
Shipwreck Tavern is easy to miss as you are driving by Havensight Mall. Try to get directions from a local because this is a place you absolutely do not want to miss.
Shipwreck has a bar in the middle and tables along the walls. They have a DJ in there once in a while playing some tunes. But all of this is not why I come here.
I come hear for the veggie burgers. They have the best ones I have ever had. The best thing is that they have so many varieties of burgers which can be substituted with a veggie patty. My friends had the regular burgers and they loved them just as much as I loved my veggie burger.
We liked this place so much, we stopped there at the beginning of our trip as well as before we had to get to the airport to head back home.
Favorite Dish: Try the veggie burger with any option available. They are equally good. My favorite was the veggie burger with the guacamole and jalapeños.
Gladys' Cafe, St. Thomas: The best food of the trip!
Tucked in a small alley in Charlotte Amalie, we stumbled across this restaurant on our last day on our way back to the airport. Prices were reasonable, service was great, food was amazing, and the restaurant is cool and comfy. Open for breakfast and lunch.
Favorite Dish: We ordered the Curry Caribbean Chicken as well as the Stewed Caribbean Chicken and both were excellent! They were served with rice and peas, mac n cheese (Amazing!), and plantains. Also the fresh lemonade was very good. They also make 3 different types of hot sauces which are all tasty with a kick!Related to:
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Molly Molone's: good food, very casual atmosphere!
This is my second favorite restaurant in St Thomas. It is an open-air eatery, in Red Hook, by the ferry to St John. It is a favorite among locals: good food, great atmosphere and location - boats docked nearby.
They serve fresh fish, oversize deli sandwiches and great soups and stews.
This is the place where iguanas are roaming freely and they beg for table scraps. Bring your camera! It is a nice and fun place to eat and enjoy the evening.
Upstairs, the same owner runs A Whale of a Tale, a pricier seafood eatery that also serves freshly made pasta dishes and fine wines. We did not eat here, why paying top prices and dining inside, when you can have good food and lots of fun dining on the patio of Molly Molone's!Related to:
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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.
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
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:
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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.
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