St. Thomas Restaurant Update for 2011-2012 Season

Food — By kelowitt on November 23, 2011 at 2:36 am

This year has seen a lot of turnover in the restaurant scene, with some old favorites sadly shutting their doors, and new upstarts making a name for themselves.

If you’re a repeat visitor to St. Thomas you’ll appreciate knowing what’s in and what’s out, so here’s a quick update.

Agave Terrace and Funghi’s: These two restaurants at Point Pleasant Resort were perennial favorites, but both have fallen victim to the times. However, renovations are under way and new eateries will be taking their place. Jack’s Wings, previously at Tillett Gardens, is moving to the former Funghi’s site, but so far no word on what will take the place of Agave Terrace.

The seafood-centric Coco Blue now occupies the space in American Yacht Harbor where¬†the avant-garde pan-Asian Lotus restaurant once was. (The new eatery is owned and managed by the same team as the old one though.) It is getting excellent reviews and is definitely worth a visit when you’re in the East End.

The Toad and Tart: The island’s only British-style pub closed its doors in September. No more “warm beer and awful food,” as their slogan used to joke.

Robert’s and Ainsley’s: The two restaurants at the Elysian resort are now closed. Sangria’s is replacing Ainsley’s, but no word yet on what will replace Robert’s.

Watahoshi: The owners of this tiny but hugely popular sushi shack on Hull Bay beach have decided to pull the plug on their venture. Sad, but true. If you’re hungry you can still get food at the Hull Bay Hideaway, the adjacent bar/restaurant.

Thirteen: Though it opened more than a year ago, this excellent Northside restaurant is worth mentioning because it took a while to become well-known amongst out-of-towners. They serve up creative (and somewhat pricey) gourmet surf-and-turf delicacies like crab-stuffed salmon and bacon-wrapped chicken.

The Looney Bien: This Mexican joint replaced another (Margarita Phil’s) on the Frenchtown strip. Well, technically it’s Tex-Mex, with a dash of Caribbean thrown in.

Latitude 18: A favorite of East End boaties, this dockside bar and restaurant closed in August after 22 years. Many thought it was the end of an era for an island institution, but a new management team leased the property and is re-opening the bar in December with a new menu and look — but hopefully the same laid-back, friendly vibe.

The beachside bar and restaurant at Secret Harbor Resort were closed and renovated over the summer. The Blue Moon Cafe is now gone, replaced by the Sunset Grille, and the bar is now the tiki-themed Beach Club.

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