It's hard to pin down where to find the best local traditional food in St. Thomas, because it's served up in so many different ways and places. From cheap, non-descript diners where locals eat lunch, to pricey five-star restaurants frequented by celebs, to everything in between, there are a million ways you can experience it. The fact is, the best traditional West Indian restaurants in St. Thomas run the gamut.
Eateries like Cuzzin's and Gladys's, both in downtown Charlotte Amalie, combine laid-back, affordable dining with menus that offer both American fare and a selection of Caribbean dishes - or American fare that's been Caribbean-ized. Another popular choice for Caribbean-American fare is the Petite Pump Room, on the downtown waterfront above the marine terminal.
In the East End, Fungi's on the Beach, whose motto is "De Best in Local Flavah," offers "de local food" as well as American grill items in a beachside bar setting -- and lots of reggae.
At the higher end of the scale are semi-posh restaurants like Agavé Terrace and Theo's, where award-winning chefs fuse Caribbean, American, Continental and Asian flavors in innovative ways. Agavé is located at Point Pleasant Resort, and Theo's, which offers Caribbean-Thai fusion, is on Back Street downtown.
If you want to rub shoulders with the locals and get away from the resort restaurant scene, try places like Little Bopeep or Diamond Barrel. On the outskirts of Charlotte Amalie in Barbel Plaza, Bopeep is an unassuming joint which offers breakfasts and lunches of curried chicken, meat patties and fried plantains. Diamond Barrel, located behind the waterfront courthouse, has much of the same, plus fresh fish dishes and more.
And if you're headed to St. John for the day, don't miss Vie's Snack Shack and Miss Lucy's. Vie's Snack Shack is just a simple a wood-sided hut on East End Road in Cruz Bay, but Vie whips up some of the best garlic chicken, johnny cakes and conch fritters you'll ever taste. And Miss Lucy's, a low-key seaside joint with an unpaved parking lot and goats wandering freely by, draws customers from all around eager to sample the famous paella, callaloo soup, and Sunday jazz brunch.
7 Wimmelskafts Gade
6600 Estate Smith Bay
In the Point Pleasant Resort
Royal Dane Mall
Royal Dane Mall
In the Edward Wilmoth Blyden Building, Veterans Dr
West Indian food on the waterfront... read more
In the Point Pleasant Resor
"Reggae always" and Caribbean cuisine... read more
Local restaurant with lovely setting... read more
East End Road
13 miles east of Cruz Bay on Route 10