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eiplanner
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Good morning to you all!

I've been meaning to inquire about the local foods you guys have. Are there any VI specific types of cuisine? (Something they call their own like the Jamaicans and their jerk chicken.) Could you describe what would be considered Caribbean food on island? Are there St. Thomians and Crucians that operate as very small food vendors that serve only one type of food? I'm thinking of things I've seen other places that are much like a hotdog vendor would be here in the states. Taco stands in Mexico and gyro stands in Greece are a couple examples as well.

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OldTart
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Roadside vendors in food vans sell johnny cakes, fried fish, patés, chicken, goat water, etc. The cuisine here reflects a big mixture of Caribbean, European, East Indian and Hispanic influences.

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Lots of roadside vendors - and some small food stands spread throughout the island.
You might google or research 'Arona Petersen" a legendary food and folklore writer of the VI.

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eiplanner
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Is it relatively cheap to eat at roadside vendors? Is it generally safe to eat? I have always loved street food the most when I go places. Any suggestions on what local tastes most seem to like or brag about?

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OldTart
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Yes, it's relatively cheap and yes, it's safe. As far as taste goes you just have to try it and see if you like it!

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