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ChrisMI
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I thought it might be nice to start a thread where people put out their three favorite St. Thomas restaurants. There's a lot to choose from and probably a number I've never heard of, so I thought it'd be a helpful thread for many folks on STT.

Please list your three, with its location, a comment or two about what you like about it, and what you spend on food (not drinks) per person for a typical dinner there. No negative comments or criticisms of others' picks please, just positives about what you like and why.

My 3 faves on St. Thomas:

Green House (Charlotte Amalie waterfront) - cool harbor views, 2 for 1 happy hour before 7pm, large menu selection. We average $15 per person.

Iggys (Bolongo Bay resort) - beachfront dining, games on the beach. Live music most nights, with a wide variety, everything from great acoustic renditions of classic rock songs to loud bands. You will like some nights better than others based on personal taste. Average $16pp.

Molly Malones (Red Hook) - Pretty good variety of mostly Irish food, like the atmosphere a lot too. Live music pretty much every night. Mostly acoustic when we've been there, so it doesn't drown out conversations. We've loved every act that's played there when we were there. We really like their Sunday brunch too. Average $17pp at dinner.

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Topic starter Posted : November 23, 2014 1:59 pm
speee1dy
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if you had said stx i could have chimed in

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Posted : November 23, 2014 8:19 pm
ChrisMI
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STX already has a long-running thread on the topic of restaurants on this page - -you should chime in there,

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Topic starter Posted : November 23, 2014 11:44 pm
Alana33
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For lunch:
Rancho Latino (Spanish food), Petite Pump Room (West Indian) Hook, Line and Sinker and Texas Pit BBQ. I also like the Mongolian beef from Cinese restaurant in Havensight next door to Delly Deck - Great Wall?
For dinner: Northside Bistro, Oceana are my 2 favorites.

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Posted : November 24, 2014 10:58 am
AandA2VI
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My top 3:
1. Greengos - bandido margarita $8 and taquitos $9 or shrimp quesadilla $13 or homemade MOMs enchiladas $10 on Fridays and amazing guac and beans. Plus they use all corn made non-plastic cups and straws and bio bags and bio to go containers. Love that!!!! That's why they get #1 food is so fresh.

2. Fish tails for oysters $21 doz and fresh fish $25avg

3. Island View Guest house!! BEST STEAK ON ISLAND. Maybe ever. $28 for 17oz. Split add $5 charge but plenty for two. Honor bar which is great to take visiting mainlanders to. Simple and great view.

Other cheap and quick favs are:
Hull bay fish tacos $9 - mesclun greens salad w/ wahoo shrimp cakes $18 (enough for two)

Off the grid for anything PORK! Best pork belly EVER. Best whole hog EVER - better than in HI. $20pp avg

MeLt awesome Ruben and amazing compressed watermelon skewers! $15pp

Tap and still burgers $20pp with a beer or two

ITP for hummus app $15pp avg

XO Baked Bree wheel - to die for $30 pp avg (with wine 😉 )

Lady in food truck by BMV for pate $4

Pizza amore for subs $15

Senior pizza for cheap slices $7

I've got a dozen more lol. I'm a bit of a foodie. Which is why I can't lose any weight! Ugh! 😉

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Posted : November 25, 2014 2:46 am
Petra
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Love Greengos, XO Bistro, and Fresh Bistro!

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Posted : November 25, 2014 2:58 am
Optimist
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We had planned to stay at the Mafolie small hotel last year in part because we heard they have a very good restaurant. We were disappointed we had to change plans. Thought we'd try again this winter. Can anyone comment on the restaurant?

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Posted : November 25, 2014 6:28 pm
ms411
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Excellent food for brunch. They have fresh coconuts if you want coconut water. Haven't tried dinner.

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Posted : November 25, 2014 6:32 pm
Optimist
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Excellent food for brunch. They have fresh coconuts if you want coconut water. Haven't tried dinner.

Thanks! Will be sure to add them to our list. Obviously I don't have the experience you folks do but we had a wonderful evening at Havana Blue. The atmosphere/space is as beautiful as the food was delish. It's the whole package/special night kind of place imo. Fun people watching, too. We also have a sentimental attachment to Gladys's for breakfast or lunch. Have not been for dinner.

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Posted : November 25, 2014 7:05 pm
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Gladys is not open for dinner.

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Posted : November 25, 2014 7:30 pm
Alana33
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Mafolie, years ago, used to have the best filet mignons and steaks and seafood, a terrific salad bar and a fantastic night time town and harbour view.

Haven't eaten there in ages since the best thing about the last meal I had there was the baked potato. They gave us iceberg lettuce with tasteless tomatoes and the medium rare steak was cooked to within the inch of its life and tough as shoe leather and about as thin.
Very disappointed. Hope they changed.

At least they can't spoil the view.
Request a railing side table when making reservations, to be able to enjoy the view.

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Posted : November 25, 2014 7:42 pm
speee1dy
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chrisM, i only posted because no one else did and i was bumping it to the top for you.

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Posted : November 25, 2014 8:34 pm
ChrisMI
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chrisM, i only posted because no one else did and i was bumping it to the top for you.

Thanks........ I was starting to feel like I wasn't one of the cool kids 😉

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Topic starter Posted : November 25, 2014 11:13 pm
OldTart
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I think one of the problems in picking a "top three" is that so few are consistent. Chefs change, ownerships change and you find a "great" which in sometimes just a couple of months does a complete turnaround for the worse.

One place I've enjoyed for 30 years for consistency in all areas is Banana Tree Grille at Bluebeard's Castle. The same owners have had it for all those years (they changed the name from "Entre Nous" years ago) and up until their chef, Patrick, retired a few years ago he'd been with them from the beginning - and trained all his staff so well that even when he'd take a vacation you'd never know the difference. The new chef is excellent, the view is stunning and the ambiance is delightful - it's a restaurant I've always recommended without hesitation.

Another place I've always enjoyed is Seaside Inn out on the East end by the mangroves. It's a hole in the wall very basic place but Diane reigned over her cast iron stove for years turning out wonderful fresh fish island-style and her daughters now carry on the tradition. The best boiled ole' wife I've ever had!

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Posted : November 25, 2014 11:29 pm
Alana33
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Ditto on Diane's Seaside boiled fish/the best.
Petra' s Schnitzel house on the east end is pretty good, too.

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Posted : November 25, 2014 11:36 pm
DonExodus
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STT:
Thirteen
Virgilio's
Pie Whole

STX:
Salud
Tavern
Turtles Deli / Bombay

Ambiance- Savant

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Posted : November 26, 2014 1:55 am
AandA2VI
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Anyone eaten at that Vicars place by sapphire? I keep wanting to try it out as I pass it almost every day.

Off to OffTheGrid for turkey legs. Happy thanksgiving!

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Posted : November 27, 2014 2:28 pm
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