Where To Eat In The US Virgin Islands
PHOTO: Bluebeard’s Castle features the Banana Tree Grill a favorite local breakfast spot. (Photo by Brian Major).
For travelers, cuisine is one of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ true pleasures, as welcome and appreciated as the sunny skies, white sands and blue waters. The territory’s amazing diversity is reflected in its fare, which is drawn from African, European and Caribbean influences.
In fact, no visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands is complete without a healthy sampling of the best local specialties, which can be obtained morning noon and night. For travelers in search of the best culinary experiences available in St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, here is a quick guide to the best places to enjoy breakfast lunch and dinner.
Breakfast: Gladys’ Café at the Royal Dane Mall West in downtown Charlotte Amalie features authentic Creole and continental dishes in a historic colonial warehouse setting. Visitors can opt for a breakfast featuring Caribbean specialties like fresh fish, roti or oxtail. The European-inspired Fresh Bistro, located in St. Thomas’ Yacht Haven Grande Harbor complex, features Sunday brunch in open-air bistro surroundings.
Tickles Dockside Pub is open 365 days a year and features local and national favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The AquaTerra Oceanfront Grill at the Frenchman’s Reef & Marriott Morningstar Beach Resort offers a majestic view of Charlotte Amalie Harbor and serves Caribbean and American favorites including a deluxe breakfast buffet.
Lunch: Afternoon dining here means casual, beachside fare. Dinghy’s Beach Bar and Grill is located on Water Island’s Honeymoon Beach, reachable via a 10-minutes ferry ride from St. Thomas’ Crown Bay Marina. The restaurant is extremely popular among locals, known for its pan-fried lion fish caught by local anglers. The restaurant’s beach features complimentary chaise lounges.
Iggies Beach Bar and Grill located at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, may be St. Thomas’ most popular beachside bar and grill. It combines casual atmosphere with great local cuisine and a popularity that brings out stars and celebrities visiting the destination. The fare includes burgers, barbecue specialties and crab steam pots.
Zion Modern Kitchen in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix is an innovative eatery that sources 90 percent of its menu items locally. Guests have the option of dining off the menu or simply sampling whatever the chef prepares for the table.
Another Christiansted restaurant, 40 Strand, offers unique dining offerings including Danish Smorrebrod, a traditional Danish open-face sandwich. The eatery also features vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Dinner: Night-time dining in the U.S. Virgin Islands can range from casual to elegant and everything in between, depending on the travelers’ tastes. Travelers can enjoy an open-air experience at the internationally inspired Banana Tree Grill on the terrace at Bluebeard’s Castle or at the Amalia Cafe in downtown Charlotte Amalie’s Palm Passage area, where the sidewalk seating evokes a charming European village.
Meanwhile Grande Cru, located in the Yacht Haven Grande complex, offers an upscale dining experience featuring cutting-edge New World cuisine served in small tasting plates. Full entrees including organic salmon, paella and dry-aged steaks are also available. As the name indicates, Mim’s Seaside Bistro is located at the water’s edge in St. Thomas’ Watergate Villas and specializes in lobster and fresh fish, available with the restaurant’s signature coconut curry cream sauce. On Thursday nights the restaurant serves all-you-can-eat shrimp with fries and corn on the cob.
Visitors looking for one-of-a-kind experiences can try one of several options around the territory. Havana Blue at the Frenchman’s Reef & Marriott Morningstar Beach Resort teams radiant blue evening lighting with floor-to-ceiling fabric sheets set against 20-foot open windows amidst hundreds of candles. The restaurant’s cuisine combines Latin American fare with Pacific Rim delicacies; signature samplings include lobster tostados, sticky shrimp, ancho espresso filet and miso-lemongrass sea bass.
The Epernay Bistro and Wine Bar is located in the Frenchtown district overlooking Charlotte Amalie and in addition to great local libations, it features fresh fish delivered straight from local boats. For a casual alternative, travelers will find the High Tide Bar and Seafood Grill just steps beyond the ferry dock on St. John. Located along a stretch of powdery beach, the High Tide features a diverse menu to please diverse palettes, signature cocktails and entertainment from touring bands.
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