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chefnoah
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I love Tavern 1844. If you had seen the place (Bongo's) prior to Tavern, you'd really appreciate it. Smoking was allowed before, but not anymore.
The food is good and one of the few places you can get a draft beer. I'm not an Irish Pub expert so I'm not sure how to rate it on that scale. You have to take it for what it is on St.Croix, and forget the saying "Back in the states".
I think they're doing a good job with it.
Noah

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Posted : September 8, 2010 12:04 pm
Juanita
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I like Tavern 1844 too. The food is really good. I think of it more as a sports bar rather than an Irish Pub. Like Noah, though, I'm no expert on what is traditional. I worked in an "Irish Pub" on STT for years, but I doubt seriously it was anything like you would find in Ireland or even in a city in the states like Philly or NYC.

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Posted : September 8, 2010 1:23 pm
Hiya!
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I've been to many stateside british and irish pubs and I think it compares well to what I've see. They have pretty good food and seem to ship in fresh seafood on a regular basis. Sign up as a friend on facebook and they will post when it's in and when they have the beer pairing menus. They have unusual beers (for stx) which is REALLY nice on stx, ALL the bars carry the same beers so it gets very dull quickly. And the draft thing is a plus too, the only other place I know of for draft is Pollys in f'sted.

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Posted : September 8, 2010 3:17 pm
reaader30
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Thanks folks! We're looking forward to getting there! Just waiting on an answer from a job intereview! Wish us luck and maybe we'll tip a pint at the pub soon!

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Posted : September 8, 2010 5:51 pm
limetime2
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Lunched at Good Spirits today and had another awesome meal. Had the chicken tacos (tree a dem), with soft corn tortillas - delish! Hubby had the brisket burrito and loved it. Lots of food - more than we could eat . Service is quick and cheery and always looking after ya! I highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner if you are looking for informal, filling, and yummy! Worth the drive!

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Posted : September 8, 2010 8:53 pm
STXoldie
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Had lunch at Tavern 1844 this week; fresh oysters very good as were the mussel's and crusty bread.

Bleu cheese stuffed mushrooms were not so good; fish and chips just average.

Service was horrendous; there were 10 people tops and the waitress was totally in the weeds; the cooks were bringing orders out of the kitchen, asking who had ordered the dish and serving.

Cannot imagine what it would be like if they were busy.

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Posted : September 10, 2010 1:42 pm
Hiya!
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Well to be fair I can only name about 3 or 4 places that have good service. Nobody trains these people, which blows my mind. Take a little extra time to train and your staff will stay longer because they make better money and you will get more repeat business.

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Posted : September 10, 2010 5:29 pm
Uuaww
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Tried Blue Water Terrace twice now and can give my review.

First, lunch and dinner there are two totally different meals. I don't think they have one menu item that is on both. Lunch is meant to be fried chicken, sandwiches and the like while dinner is more higher end.

First, lunch. We went to lunch earlier on so they were probably working out some cinks but the service was just not that good. Waitress seemed out of it. The food was mixed but had decent prices. 10-12 for a sandwich seemed a bit high but it came with fries. The sandwich was delicious, plenty of meat and toppings. Good stuff. The fries were awful, don't know what they were trying but it tasted like I was just eating baked slices of potato.

Dinner service was much better, a month had past after our lunch so they seemed to have worked out the kinks. Food was again mixed. Gator bites were fried and drowned in buffalo sauce; if you are going to make the effort to get gator down to st croix, making it taste like chicken isn't the best method. The waiter said it was getting good reviews, probably because it tasted nearly identical to chicken. Entree servings were big, lots of food and they were universally well accepted, the steak was a very good cut and cooked right and the fish was a large cut. Warning though, you will pay for the large servings, but you will have leftovers. The biggest gripe with dinner and the restaurant in general was the drinks. $2 per soda is alright, but it was watered down and filled to the brim with ice. If you don't have fountain soda, fine, serve me a can with a glass of ice, that way I know what I am getting into. Serving me half a can's worth of soda with ice for $2 is pretty bush league.

Overall a good experience. The wait staff when we returned was much much better and actually one of the best I have experienced on the island. The lunch experience is a decent deal, but the dinner is high end. I would return for sure and def. recommend it, just as long as you stick to water.

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Posted : September 11, 2010 6:18 pm
Jumbie
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Nobody trains these people, which blows my mind. Take a little extra time to train and your staff will stay longer because they make better money and you will get more repeat business.

Yep Hiya, you are soo correcto mundo. But then again too much common sense would have to be applied,and that's too much effort.

Jumbie-STX

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Posted : September 11, 2010 7:41 pm
StCroix
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Had dinner over the weekend at Rowdy Joes.
Another good experience, -but they need to get some comfortable furniture in there.
The steel chairs inside and the cushioned benches are instruments of torture 😮

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Posted : September 15, 2010 11:41 am
Jumbie
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FYI in case not everyone is aware --Rowdy Joes will be closed from 10-4 to 10-25 (3 weeks).

Jumbie - STX

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Posted : September 15, 2010 5:00 pm
Bassman
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Has anyone been to Salud lately. I don't seem to recall any reviews. It was excellent when Noah was there and fortunately didn't seem to suffer much after he left. The mussels appetizer they server is a favorite of my wife's and mine. We have compared my others in CT and NY and Salud's is still the best. This is one of the few restaurants that we go to twice in our 9-11 day stays.

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Posted : September 16, 2010 12:51 pm
chefnoah
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Bassman, I know they just came out with a new Tapas bar menu and swapped in a few new entrees.
I checked the website and I don't think it reflects the changes.
The new chef (Joseph) is very talented and I think you'll still love it when you visit.
I doubt the mussels will ever come off the menu!

Noah

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Posted : September 16, 2010 1:23 pm
Beeski
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a shout out to Cafe Fresco in the Penthany courtyard
Lunch there the last two days...as good as ever;
- Gobble Gobble, using stuffing as the bread for a turkey sandwich....brilliant!
- Fatty bean burrito = mmmmmm
- Tuna Sammie = perfect

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Posted : September 16, 2010 6:25 pm
speee1dy
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cafe fresco HAS ALWAYS been good. try her soups too

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Posted : September 16, 2010 7:18 pm
mminstx
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Salud has been consistantly good. I always end up getting the mussels. They now have duck two ways on the menu, as well as boar, and a nice pumpkin seed salad. They had a great leek soup one night. Still on the menu is the truffled mac and cheese, also nice.

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Posted : September 17, 2010 3:50 am
Uuaww
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I've been to Salud quite a few times lately. They are good and the service is great. I usually stay away from entrees there, they just always seem to bore me. I love the soups and usually pair it with another app or two for my meal.

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Posted : September 17, 2010 11:18 am
margaritagirl
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Recently went to Salud and was not impressed. The service was great but the food was not that good.
I had the wahoo special, the fish was overcooked and not seasoned, it was served with cranberry beans which overpowered the dish. It was also served on a bed of pasta, which it consisted of a few noodles.
I'm so glad I ordered the mac & cheese for an app. because that's what I ate for my dinner.
I think they add way to many things to the dishes. Sometimes keeping it simple makes all the difference.

Went to lunch yesterday at No bones Cafe, we sat at the bar. The bartender (Tony) was fantastic. He was really on the ball. The food was good and reasonably priced.

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Posted : September 17, 2010 2:39 pm
Jumbie
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Another kudo for No Bones Cafe. This is one of my wife's and my favorite places to eat. Very modest prices, good food, good service, great bartender (Tony) and a super "hands-on owner".

Jumbie -STX

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Posted : September 17, 2010 8:32 pm
srb
 srb
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I have read a lot of interesting opinions on this board. Have any of you ever thought about posting on Yelp.com where the listings are a little more organized and you can rate and write funny stories about your experiences? I've noticed very few stxers are on there and I would love to see a few more... They even have an iphone app so you can read the reviews everywhere (or everywhere you can get your phone to work 😉

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Posted : September 17, 2010 11:30 pm
margaritagirl
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Went to Above the Cliff last night for dinner.
I had the pulled pork sandwich and fries, both were delicious. I like that you choose the sauce for your sandwich and it comes on the side.
My husband had the brisket plate with fries and the BBQ green beans. He also was very pleased.
They had entertainment also. (Mercy Child) which was great.

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Posted : September 19, 2010 1:45 pm
AbovetheCliff
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Thank you Margarita Girl. It is always a pleasure to see you guys. Kris will be a regular player here, I do believe. We left here a little while after 3:30 am, back at it again by 11:00 am. See you all soon.

Chris

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Posted : September 19, 2010 3:38 pm
terry
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Can't wait to get back and go to Off the Wall for Pizza, try Above the Cliffs, and go to Bombay Club for the beef brisket. Be back Wednesday!!!8-)

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Posted : September 19, 2010 4:00 pm
Jumbie
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Flat Iron Grill has much better tasting pizza in my opinion than Off The Wall. BTW I'm pretty sure Off The Wall is closing for a couple weeks starting next weekend.

Jumbie -STX

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Posted : September 19, 2010 4:36 pm
terry
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Where is flat iron grille?
I will have to get over there either Wednesday as soon as we get there.
Their food (Pizza) is good, but I love the atmosphere. Makes up for anything lacking in the food.

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Posted : September 19, 2010 6:54 pm
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