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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | May 13, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Sips and Savories: The Dynamic St. Croix Dining Scene

    Sips and Savories: The Dynamic St. Croix Dining Scene

    Photo courtesy of balter.

    Island food often gets swept into a narrow “tropical dishes” box of seafood, pineapple, coconut and various spices. But every island boasts a particular cuisine with offerings that reflect local produce and history. St. Croix, as the oldest U.S. Virgin Island and headquarters for Virgin Islands history and culture, displays a sophisticated and stylish dining scene that will dazzle the snootiest foodie. Forget about rum punches and jerk chicken and explore these eclectic spots during your next St. Croix visit:

    Zion Modern Kitchen

    A consistent local favorite since its opening in 2015, Zion Modern Kitchen is self described as “somewhere where you can restore and fortify your mind and belly.”  Housed in a 17th century building on Christiansted’s bustling Company Street surrounding a tranquil courtyard and serving up a host of locally sourced dishes, Zion is fortifying indeed.

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    Start at the bar, where crack mix master Frank can whip up anything you dare imagine (I tested him with a request for something spicy, purple and with passion fruit and he did not disappoint) or try one of his root and herb-infused specialties like the Pineapple Express (hot pepper, pineapple infused tequila, cucumber, lime and triple sec.) 

    Move to the courtyard and dive into curried calamari and lobster ravioli and finish with a juicy fruit cobbler of the day, slathered with vanilla ice cream. Expect to stay for the rest of the night, eating, drinking, talking with locals and wondering why your clothes suddenly feel tight.

    Photo courtesy of Zion Modern Kitchen


    A hotly anticipated fine dining spot helmed by St. Croix’s own top chef, Digby Stridiron, (2015 Caribbean Chef of the Year) balter supplies a contemporary take on Caribbean cuisine.

    A streamlined, elegant decor with lines trailing into the street makes it easy to think you’re in a trendy big city restaurant but the fresh menu will remind you that you’re on St. Croix. A proponent of the slow food movement, Chef Digby mixes local produce for innovative plates like local Southdrop yellowfin tuna with fennel, nage, carrot, agra, dolce and quinoa or coconut curried roasted chicken with braised pumpkin, faro and kale. Don’t miss the locally flavored popcorn served in place of bread.

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    A classic St. Croix eatery for traditional dishes, a stop by Harvey’s is a must for every visitor to the island. An old-school, cash only spot, Harvey’s saves the frills for the tummy-bursting food, served in heaping portions. The chalkboard menu features an array of St. Croix mainstays like stewed conch or goat stew with fungi (a savory cornmeal pudding). All the tables are dotted with the bright orange of Mrs. Harvey’s homemade pepper sauce and you’ll notice that the decor is mostly a shrine to local NBA hero Tim Duncan. Come early for lunch before the food sells out at this popular diner and wash it all down with tamarind, gooseberry or passion fruit juices.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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