Restaurants & Bars Latin America & Caribbean

St John USVI 2011 Recap

timwhoeatsalot | | Apr 25, 2011 11:55 AM

My third annual recap - drinks for everyone! Yay!

Two Plus weeks condensed into this:

Fatty Crab - great addition to the island food scene, lousy addition to the bar scene. The bartenders were maddeningly slow. 45 minutes for a drink. A first drink. 45 minutes. I hope someone from there reads this and a light bulb goes off. And it wasn't THAT crowded. The food makes up for it - sliders, noodles, everything tastes as described. Definitely a must stop for a foodie - assuming they speed up the bar... did I mention the 45 minute wait? You would think they would comp you a round - they would have in NY....

Lime Inn - I love this place. Best grilled fish, prepared simply and always cooked how I ordered it. Never seemed flustered with a large group, drinks arrive quickly, went on oyster night - I'm a Wellfleet lover, but the one's being served were pretty darn tasty.

Candi's. Now, I don't want to split BBQ hairs, because honesty, the best BBQ on island is the Fatty Crab - but the best local BBQ now belongs to Candi. Washed down with some ice cold Presidente. Mmmm....

Miss Lucy's - grouper ruben. 'nuff said. almost. Went back for the full moon party. Ish - the Band - was great. The food was ok, nothing bad, but in a crowd like that, you're not really there for anything other than dancing, drinks, and a wonderful time in a beautiful setting - so why worry?

Skinny's - there was a soccer game on, we were sort of fed, so we had drinks. Which was perfect.

Cinnamon Bay - The BEST rum drinks on the island. To watch the way those women pour rum... Trouble in a glass.

Cafe Roma - take out pizza on a night that we just sort of spaced on reservations and thought we'd get something somewhere but with a big group it's tough to just sort of pop in to a restaurant.... plus half of Cruz Bay was without power... A few beers later we're carrying what might be the only pizza to outweigh my cooler - and I pack a mean cooler - these are seriously thick, loaded pies. Not NYC thin or Chicago deep - what I call Bar Pies. Lots of sauce, lots of cheese, lots of toppings that soak up lots of beer.

The food highlight tho, probably belongs to Da Livio. Tuna in a caper cream of such delicacy, such unbearable lightness, such complex simplicity that allows each flavor to highlight itself while balancing the total - nice dish. The pastas were impeccable, the fish dishes were superb. On a sad note, if you, like me, longed for their tuna tartare - it is no longer on the menu. Maybe it will return, but it is missed... (so have the tuna in caper cream to make up for it... mmmm.....)

Banana Deck - I usually stick to an all fish diet on these excursions but the jerk rib eyes are worth the exception.

Zozo's was a surprise. Sometimes when you go back to the same place a fourth time you get less than the expectation you set. Not here. We walked in the door to "Hey, welcome back, great to see you" from our waiter from last year. There was no last name on the reservation.... Just great service from someone who takes a professional attitude. BTW - I get the exact same thing from the Lime Inn. Food was outstanding, the wine an inspired choice - painkillers are a little sweet but such things make for long beach debates so I can hardly fault them.

Jakes - I used to work the line of a place like this and all I can say is - great breakfast. We only ate breakfast out once... it was here but if it wasn't I'd have gone down to the Tamarind Inn.

The Pate shop opened up the day we left, the one that burned down last year, so I didn't get a chance to try it, but I would have... oh yes I would have...

I think thats it... probably missing something... rum's starting to wear off... must find sunlight...

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