So this year the gang headed to Antigua. The Island (there seems to be some confusion on this Board) For the past 5 years we've been going to St John USVI. The major difference... CHOICES!
There are about 50 million places to eat on Antigua from roadside stands to $150 pre fix and we pretty much ran the gamut. And there are BEACH BARS! This might not be a revelation to most, but on St John the only drinks on the beach are the ones you carry... So nice.... so convenient...
We stayed in the Jolly Harbor area and really didn't hit St John the city, so I'm going to pass on all the St John restaurants. Next time...
The Nest made a rum punch that was somehow so much better than all the others that I still have the taste in my head. Rumkin Pie was what we called it... Castaways had good jerk chicken, Darkwood good BBQ, Gibsons made some mean drinks... Turners had some nice chicken curry. Guess we didn't get much food for lunch now that I think about it... But the stand-out was Pepperz N Lime - really great mexican on the beach - the fish balls were memorable. The other place overlooks Cliff Bluffs, can't remember the name but has a Cuban theme'd bar - the cook cranked out lots of nice lunches but then offered to make us curried chickpeas - she was from India - WOW!!!! And a killer view.
Miracles - right next to the entrance of the Jolly Harbor resort is incredible. It's only been open for a few months but the kitchen is cranking out the best lobster on the island. No kidding great.
Dennis's - suckling pig. Really great. The rest of the BBQ is equally good but that whole pig was special. The view is nothing to sneeze at either.
Sugar Hill Restaurant is a really great place to have a drink and maybe an app but the dinners were average. Not bad, just average.
Went into the English Harbor area and had a great meal at a place who's name I can't remember - they had pork schnitzel on the menu but the fresh caught wahoo was amazing.
The Copper and Lumber was a real step back in time. Fish and Chips were great and the atmosphere is outstanding.
Abracadabra gets some hype - or maybe they just seem to advertise more than other places - but our friend at The Nest used to work there and highly recommended it. We had a really great meal and a really great time. The owner is genuine and friendly, highly passionate about his food and from the number of repeat customers that he was greeting as they came in - his service wasn't some one-off for the tourists. His suckling pig was great , as was the tuna and lasagna.
Overall, a great experience, memorable meals and amazing beaches. We'll be back, oh yes, we'll be back...