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Neil
 Neil
(@Neil)
Prominent Member

I'd like to hear about your two or three favorite places to eat on StX, and why.
If you want to include STT, feel free.
Would also be interested in your 'critiques' of certain places.

My wife and I have come up with something of a rating system for the places we eat at:

1. Food Quality
2. Atmosphere
3. Price and Service

For example, we like Ft. Christian Brew Pub because it has decent food at a decent price and has a great atmosphere noon and night. And we like to occasionally eat lunch at Paradise Cafe because it's all good, very reasonably priced, and the interior is interesting.

Whereas we give a much lower ranking to the Pickled Greek -which some have raved about, because its facility and location are sub-par, and the food is merely average and not under-priced. Feel the same about Cheeseburgers and Chicken Charlies locations, -their food is 'ok' but servers we've had there tend to be harried, which isn't pleasant. Whereas we love going to Off the Wall because of it's location and friendly atmosphere.

Still looking for more choices that have great atmosphere as well as food, and don't leave you feeling like you overpaid.

Note to restauranteurs:
One of the disappointing things about eating out on the island is NOT knowing what's going on at your restaurant on any given night. Many of your schedule some interesting bands, theme nights and food specials. But few of you have flyers we can take with us to put on the frig, or have websites we can check.

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Posted : April 3, 2009 3:14 am
Juanita
(@Juanita)
Islander

My favorite is Salud! It's small and intimate, but still has a fun feel, particularly at the bar. We always run into people we know, and for us, it's right in the neighborhood. The food is outstanding. We have our favorites, but we are never disappointed when we try something new. Good service too. It's considered upscale, so I wouldn't call it inexpensive, but there is a bar menu with lower priced choices.

Recently visited the new restaurant on the north shore, Rowdy Joe's. Can't wait to go back. It's a neighborhood bar feel, with tables inside and out on a porch. I had the fish tacos ($12) and my husband had the Asian ribs ($22). Both were excellent. Service was good too. Oh, almost forgot.....The Espresso Chocolate Chip homemade ice cream is about the best ice cream I have ever had!!!

Neil,
I don't have the web address handy, but SCUBA publishes a page on their site with a lot of the STX restaurants. It's not advertisements. The restaurants don't have a thing to do with what is posted there, so it's all honest. I go to it often, if we want to go somewhere new , or I'm just having a senior moment and can't think of anywhere to go for lunch or dinner.

Juanita

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Posted : April 3, 2009 11:15 am
meowruff
(@meowruff)
Reputable Member

http://www.stcroixscuba.com/restaurants.htm

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Posted : April 3, 2009 11:17 am
newarrival
(@newarrival)
Estimable Member

In NYC, the Zagat guide to restaurants is based totally on customers' reviews. I think they use the same three categories (food, atmosphere, service) and then each reviewer estimates the cost of an entree and a drink. The Zagat guide takes the average of all the estimated prices, and an average of each category and prints it. It is so useful! And the rating scale for the categories is just 1, 2, or 3 (or 0 I guess), so it is pretty easy to do.

If there is anyone here who loves to compile figures (AllMashUp?) it would be awesome to have so many opinions. Or someone could contact zagat.com and see if they want to add St. Croix to their list...? You never know!

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Posted : April 3, 2009 11:21 am
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

we like tutu benes ( did i spell it wrong?) it is a bit noisy in there the later it gets. price is ok location could be better as it has no view, the service is great.
the galleon is a wonderful celebration spot, pricy, great service on the water i think, its always been dark when ive been there.
for lunch i like cafe fresco, the owner is so nice, she has great soup she is only open for lunch. food is wonderful location i love ( wonderful courtyard) price is average.

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Posted : April 3, 2009 11:38 am
bathiel
(@bathiel)
Island Expert

Neil:

I found your reviews interesting because our experience has been completely the opposite to some of yours.

We do love the brewpub for the reasons you mention (the location is great, we love craft beers, and the food is decent and reaonably priced). One thing we have noticed, though, is that the place has a split personality. During the day, it's all happy and bouncy with a nice blend of reggae and rock. At night, though, it gets a bit stranger and its much much harder-edged. I still like it, but it's interesting how it changes.

We also like Paradise because the food is reasonable and it has an interesting interior. However, after about 30 minutes in there, I start getting claustrophobic.

On the three places you don't like--Pickled Greek, Cheeseburgers and Chicken Charlie's--here's where we disagree. We actually love the Greek: the atmosphere is fun, the staff (while admittedly harried) are nice and friendly, and we've found the food to be some of the most flavorful on the island. It's not cheap, but it's not way overpriced for what you get (can anyone say "Zebo's"?). And the other two we've found to have good food--not gourmet, but certainly good enough and reasonably priced so you can eat there regularly. And the staff at Charlie's we've also found to be really friendly.

I can't argue about Off the Wall for it's location and ambience. However, their menu is pretty limited, their bartenders can be a bit surly and unfriendly, and the service can be interminable. We still love the place; we just don't go there to eat.

I do have to expand on my Zebo's crack earlier. We've eaten there three times, and each time the experience got progressively worse. The servers are really obnoxious--they try way too hard to bet witty and sophisticated and end up looking like a caricature of a NY waiter. The food, while decent, is beyond overpriced. One day, we got the gourmet cheese plate appetizer: five small hunks of cheese (all of them very standard, by the way, and something you could pick up at Schooner) and some pieces of bread: $27. We love the wine list there, and the interior is nice (the "living room" in the front corner is really cool), but we won't be going back for dinner.

We have had a couple good dining experiences at Angry Nate's. We've found the food to be consistently good and the service generally efficient. And you can't beat the location. Luncheria, if you're into Mexican, is also good. Another spot we really enjoy is the Columbus Cove Marina bar. Service there is really good, and the Sunday brunch is varied and very tasty. We've also had dinner there and enjoyed it a lot. And if you want to save your innards, do not eat at Spratnet on Cane Bay. I had one of the THE worst breakfasts there of all time. The food was cheap--and for good reason. Ugh.

The rotis at the Domino Club on Friday afternoons are really tasty.

My all-around thumbs up, however, has to go to the La Reine Chicken Shack. I have not had better roast chicken on island anywhere, and am hard-pressed to think of where I've had better off island. It's amazing, as are the conch salad and stew conch. Yes, the atmosphere is a bit underwhelming, but the people who own the place are friendly and the prices simply can't be beat. Oh yeah--and they make the best johnnycakes on island.

Bernie

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Posted : April 3, 2009 1:02 pm
Yearasta
(@Yearasta)
Prominent Member

If money is not a problem...I say Bacchus....They nail it on service, food and atmosphere.

I really like Salud for service, food, atmosphere and price

Quick chines take-out - Beijing House, they still don't have the fully understanding of "spicy" yet but I like their combo plates.

Pizza- East End Pizza...(OK so I'm biased....but I think Mel does a really good job)

La Reine Chicken shack to me is the best local plate of food you will find for the money.

El Flamboyant, Cool-out, Junie's, Paquito's, and El Sol are excellent places if you just want to stop and pick-up a plate of food to take home...10-12 dollars...you can even call them ahead of time.

Early morning food (3-4am)....Panchie's in Gallow's bay...the conch soup is out of this world...the boil fish and fungi is awesome too....for more early morning food...there is Rebound where u can pick up wings and so on.

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Posted : April 3, 2009 2:07 pm
terry
(@terry)
Islander

You must have never had a Johnnie cake at Normas' in the rain forest. I can make a whole lunch on two of those with honey.
Also like Coconuts on Sunday evenings, best beef brisket we've ever eaten anywhere.
Love Off the Wall. Like Bombay Club for lunch as well.

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Posted : April 3, 2009 2:24 pm
Betty
(@Betty)
Noble Member

Wouldn't some kind of * (star system) be easier? One * for poor *****five for excellent.

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Posted : April 3, 2009 2:28 pm
bathiel
(@bathiel)
Island Expert

I have had Norma's johnnycakes. They're not bad--but I definitely prefer Chicken Shack's.

And is it just me, or do johnnycakes go really, really well with a cold Presidente or Carib?

Bernie

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Posted : April 3, 2009 2:42 pm
Yearasta
(@Yearasta)
Prominent Member

The star system is good Betty...come up with one 🙂 and we will follow it and rate other restaurants....Make like a VI Moving Center restaurant guide.

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Posted : April 3, 2009 2:56 pm
crucianne
(@crucianne)
Active Member

We have been off island a little while. Is No Bones and Case Place still there? They were two of our favorites along with Tuttu Bene, Salud, Chicken Charlies and last, but certainly not least...Villa Morales. I almost forgot Spratnet. Used to love spending Sunday's with Calven and the crew.

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Posted : April 3, 2009 3:27 pm
nforbes
(@nforbes)
Island Expert

Those restaurants are all still around. Try Rowdy Joe's on the Northshore - i hear it is AWESOME! Villa Morales is still kicking Thurs - Sat 10-10. I am not a fan of Chicken Charlies, although i do love his chicken (which he sells at Rainbow Beach every Sunday).

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Posted : April 3, 2009 4:10 pm
vroberge
(@vroberge)
Reputable Member

How about Savant? Never had a bad experience there, or bad food. A bit pricey though.

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Posted : April 3, 2009 5:10 pm
rotorhead
(@rotorhead)
Noble Member

Don't forget Ono above Turtles's deli in Fredericksted. I tried it the other night and was impressed. Not cheap but the food and service were good.

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Posted : April 3, 2009 5:15 pm
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