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Ronnie
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Hooters has all you can eat wings on Mondays for $9.99.
Also try the reopened Domino's. Very good service, they even have the newly advertised stateside pasta in a bread bowl. Normally we don't see new additions here for a year or so if we see them at all. Want to see how long the new baked chicken from KFC will take to get here.

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Posted : May 25, 2009 8:30 pm
BeachPhilosopher
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I was under the impression that food in the VI was insanely expensive, what you guys are describing on this thread sounds pretty much identical with the prices food prices here in Florida!

While I've never eaten one meal in the VI I've eaten a lot of fast food in the states and I can tell you one thing it sucks. It sucks not because it's 'in the VI' but because fast food sucks. McDonalds doesn't make a fortune because they make a good hamburger. Ask the most inept cook if they can make a better hamburger than McDonalds and they'll invariably say something like "Yeah. I don't know one end of knife from the other, but even I can make a better burger than THAT!"

Also a side tangent: What is this 'government assistance' VI residents receive? Are we talking about the normal New Deal programs found in the mainland (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Wellfare, etc) or is it something different?

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Posted : May 26, 2009 5:00 am
sommerTN
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Hi, I am new here. Figured this was a good a place as any to jump in. Does he not like the local food? I have not been to USVI in many, many years, but bought a couple of timeshares there and will be coming soon, with the idea of relocating there. I love to eat whatever the local food is, whereever in the world I may be. I can't wait to be trying out some of the food that was mentioned here in this post.

Greetings to all,
Maria aka sommerTN

P.S. I was in the pre-planning stage of moving to Grand Bahama Island, which is only 70 miles off the coast of West Palm Beach, FL, for a long time. Buying the timeshare in St. Thomas re-directed my thoughts further south. Maybe "milehigh" might want to try living there....but he won't be able to work!

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Posted : May 26, 2009 11:22 am
speee1dy
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same social programs as in the states

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Posted : May 26, 2009 11:46 am
Future Islander
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B.P.:

Overall we've found food prices to be higher in the VIs than in the Northeast. Our supermarket bill is somewhere on the average of 10% to 20% higher than on the mainland.

But if you shop around you can find "bargains".

The restaurants that I previously identified are good......and I think are bargains.

F.I.

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Posted : May 26, 2009 12:56 pm
Suzette
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Across from Nisky center - T restaurant (cafeteria style) has great Latino food and it's not expensive.

Someone mentioned Price Smart --- I LOVE the chicken from there - 10 piece bucket for 9.99 - that's quite a bit less $ than KFC. And the chicken is soooo much better !

The "chicken man" in a parking lot on Waterfront - Oh my goodness, you can get lots of food for little money. Yummy too !

Oh geez, shouldn't have read this thread, now I am HUNGRY !

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Posted : May 26, 2009 7:53 pm
margaritagirl
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Went to Victor Menchos yesterday for lunch. We got the cheese steaks. AllMashUp was right these cheese steaks are really good.
We should of just ordered one and split it. The cost was $8 for each cheese steak. Good deal, nice lady that works there.

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Posted : May 27, 2009 12:22 pm
Suzette
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where is that ? Victor Menchos.....

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Posted : May 28, 2009 2:47 am
Uttica
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Does ANYONE know what is going into the old Burger King in Sunny Isles on STX???

It is driving me CRAZY!!!!

Why is it driving me CRAZY???

I don't know, something new I guess.

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Posted : May 28, 2009 2:59 am
Uttica
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And by the way, Victor Menchos is down the street to the left from the OLD BURGER KING on STX!!!

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Posted : May 28, 2009 3:02 am
Yearasta
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I heard an IHOP was going in Sunny Isles

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Posted : May 28, 2009 3:43 am
divinggirl
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Well, there are 2 job postings (on career.vi) today for IHOP St. Croix....guess the rumors are true!

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Posted : May 28, 2009 10:46 pm
Betty
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I hope they have good security if they are going to be open 24 hours in sunny isle. I'm always cautious there when I go to a movie after dark. They rob those little stores all the time.

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Posted : May 29, 2009 12:07 am
Yearasta
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What caused STT's to fail...anyone know?

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Posted : May 29, 2009 12:21 am
Betty
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They said it was because of wapa, if I remember correctly.

I would not choose to open a franchise here especially if I had to buy 'the business' and rent the building. Plus IHOP will require a large staff (labor here sucks and they sue) and much bigger food costs being open all day. I don't know how they can win but by huge volume and working like a dog.

On the other hand I would only open a restaurant in c'sted or sunny isles. To get the captive audience, so to speak.

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Posted : May 29, 2009 12:36 am
Yearasta
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I just don't get it...with that spot...it seems prime but nothing works there..I thought Ponderosa was perfect but they failed and so did others...it's crazy

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Posted : May 29, 2009 12:44 am
beachy
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Ponderosa....now you're showing your history! Were they gone before Hugo, or did the storm perhaps do them in?

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Posted : May 29, 2009 1:14 am
Yearasta
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Actually I think it's First bank that was Ponderosa...not sure what did them in

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Posted : May 29, 2009 2:01 am
Trade
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Their excuse was WAPA but after the trainers from the States left, the food (at least everything I ordered) was truly inedible & the service was even worse. Waiting for 45 minutes for breakfast when only 2 other tables were occupied & that was after waiting forever to even get someone to take the order. It was booming to start with but unfortunately it went down the tubes in short order. Really a shame because it filled a niche & was popular with locals & transplants alike. I hope the STX does better. It clearly could have been a going concern if the standards would have been kept up. After all, the ingredients for most of what they served couldn't have been cheaper.

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Posted : May 29, 2009 9:48 am
Yearasta
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So Trade what you're saying is...after the stateside trainers left the local customer service team tookover...

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Posted : May 29, 2009 11:22 am
Trade
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Yeah, for a while it was still OK but it really took a plunge downward. Some servers got really snotty but others who were new didn't have a clue & obviously nobody bothered to train them. We were really surprised that it didn't seem the owners took much interest in it & I'm sure the WAPA rate increase just nailed the coffin shut. There would only be a few tables occupied but you'd be left standing forever waiting to be seated & just ignored.

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Posted : May 29, 2009 11:27 am
sammie
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Suzette - which parking lot on the waterfront is the "chicken man"? I've got to try him out!

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Posted : May 29, 2009 3:21 pm
stiphy
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I thought I heard that IHOP was going in the shopping center where Home Depot was being built but I could be wrong.

Wow, we had a Ponderosa...amazing, before my time. I always thought of all the chains a TGIFriday's would do well. They opened one in the DR and it's apparantly done fantastic. Can you imagine finding servers here with flair though 🙂

Sean

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Posted : May 29, 2009 3:44 pm
DUN
 DUN
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we had a Ponderosa in STT, @Nisky,what in 92?
I think it went belly up BC of theft(one person would order,then feed 5 kids etc.

Trade just about hit it on the head regarding Ihop, it was great at first,then went down hill.
The reasons stated were WAPA & lazy,clueless workers(not ALL the owners fault, but a attempt to train them would have been a improvement).
Also,I waited 45minutes & my wife & I never got served,while people after us were.
i know I wrote this here before, but, I was latter told I wasn`t served BC the waitress didn`t serve white people!
Ah, I remember A Davis going back & forth with me on this, how locals don`t tip...yada yada.
I also remember, saying the waitress could learn from the taxi drivers & follow the white man as we all know locals don`t tip(lets NOT have that conversation again, OK?).

Um,yeah, the locals didn`t do well cooking, & serving after the statesiders left.
Though,there was a couple that were still good,unfortunately,it takes a team effort for this type of operation to work!

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Posted : May 30, 2009 12:15 am
sugarlander
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It's official, the IHOP is "opening soon" -- at least according to the sign that was put up today at Sunny Isle.

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Posted : June 11, 2009 9:25 pm
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