A lot of what the St. Thomas dining scene has to offer is a selection of well-loved and heavily-frequented establishments along the well-worn tourist path. Though these restaurants deserve their good reputations, some equally good restaurants on the island can be found off the beaten path. Finding them might take a little more time, but will be well worth your while.
Tucked away in a so-so neighborhood on the road to Coki Beach and Coral World sits Romano's, one of the island's best-kept secrets. Owner Tony Romano conjures up exquisite Northern Italian cuisine that has local residents and visitors returning for more to his white tablecloth eatery.
Up on Crown Mountain Road, far from the madding crowds, you'll find Thirteen, which serves up innovative American cuisine in rustic surroundings. The menu includes beautifully presented rack of lamb, crab stuffed salmon, filet mignon, ribeye steak, bacon-wrapped chicken, and lobster.
For a sampling of authentic West Indian cuisine, head to Diamond Barrel, which is on Main Street, behind the courthouse. In this casual cafeteria-style eatery you can sample some good regional dishes, including the catch of the day and various local dishes such as stewed mutton or the pickled pigs' feet. For Caribbean-Thai fusion, try Theo's on Back Street downtown (near Cuzzin's). Local chef Theo Gumbs cooks up amazing and tasty creations such as mango barbecue wings, red thai coconut curry tofu, pepper-crusted New York strip steak, coconut ital stew, and pigeon peas rice pilaf.
Watahoshi is literally just a little shack steps from the sand at Hull Bay beach. Despite its nondescript appearance, the sushi ranks on par with conventional sushi restaurants on the island like Enkai and Buddha Sushi, though it's more traditional and you won't find fancy exotic rolls like at other places. Just superb, well made sushi and sashimi. But if you decide you just can't live without those super-duper dynamite rolls, ask a local for directions to Enkai, which is in a hard-to-find location on the waterfront just west of Frenchtown.
Randy's Wine Bar & Bistro is tucked away in a nondescript plaza on Raphune Hill, but offers imaginative dinner cuisine like thyme mango chicken or pepper-crusted pork tenderloin, and desserts like warm chocolate brownie served with ice cream and chocolate mango sauce.
And if you're on your way back from Magens Bay and have a sweets craving, don't miss the Udder Delite Dairy Bar. Here you'll find thick ice cream shakes in exotic flavors such as pistachio and coconut, with a shot of liquor such as Amaretto or Kahlua (you can also order them virgin for the kids).
A white house just before Coki Beach
Point Pleasant Resort
Located off Smith Bay Road at Tillet Gardens. Take a right at the Texaco station.
4002 Raphune Hill
Al Cohen's Plaza between Tutu and Raphune Hill