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St. Croix, USVI eats (long)

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St. Croix, USVI eats (long)

eurie | Feb 9, 2003 11:24 PM

Hello all -

Before I left for St. Croix, I did a search for hints of good places to eat but found very few. So here are some places I went to and hopefully it'll help someone out. Unfortunaly, my choices were limited by that fact I didn't have a car most of the time.

I was at a conference for most of the time I was there so a good part of my meals were eaten at the Divi Carina Bay resort. If you don't have to eat there, don't. The black bean soup from the more casual restaurant by the pool was flavorful, probably the best thing I had there.

The fishermen were on vacation the week I was there so the stocks of fresh fish and conch were low.

The Bombay Club is not part of the chain found all over the States. It's more American style food: pastas, chicken, steaks, etc. But the food was well done. Highlights of the meal were the crab cakes (well seasoned to compliment the crab and not mushy), the escargot (very tender melt in your mouth), and the fish & chips (crisp buttermilk batter surrounding a firm, flaky fish - couldn't put my finger on the type of fish though).

Singh's is further up the street, heading west. They serve rotis - seasoned meats/potatoes/vegetables rolled up in large flatbreads - like a Caribbean burrito. I had always thought rotis were fried pastries shells but I guess on St. Croix, those are only eaten in the morning and are called pasteles (which you can get at La Dolce Vita on Queen's Cross Street). We got 3 types - goat, chicken, and shrimp. They were served with kuchela and various hot sauces. The fillings were curry based and very good, especially with the kuchela - the wonderful combination of smoky and spicy. The down side was there was no difference in the seasoning between the goat, the chicken, and the shrimp. The goat was a clear winner of the group.

We had a large group dinner at Case Palace - similar type of food as Bombay Club. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there but if you are in the neighborhood, it's not a bad place. Pastas, different fish dishes, meat dishes.

On our way to Shoy's beach, we stopped in Just in Case deli for sandwiches. Every Sunday, they have fried chicken - about 5 pieces of breast for $6. Not a bad price but I would have liked some thigh also. The chicken was marinated in some sort of hot sauce before being breaded and friend. Even after a few hours, the breading was crisp and the meat was moist.

Random tidbit of information - the Purple Papaya, a gift store located near the waterfront in Christiansted, has a FREE rum tasting bar. So if you can't get to the rum distillery, you can try a few of them at the gift store.

The Bombay Club and Singh's are located on King stree on Christiansted. Case Palace is located outside of Christiansted to the east. Just in Case deli is located on route 83 on the NE side of the island, between Point Udall and Green Cay Marina.

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