By NAN Travel Editor
News Americas, CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S.V.I., Fri. July 27, 2017: The 84.17 mile island of St. Croix, U.S.V.I. may be home to just over 50,000 people but the gastronomic delights offered here definitely surpasses both its size and population. Here are five restaurants you should check out when in St. Croix or if traveling there.
1: Duggan’s Reef
Located on the water in East End Rd, Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, Duggan’s Reef offers a fine dining fare at an affordable price. Where in the world can you get a “small” lobster that actually leaves you wondering what the large one looks like, for just about US $35? The lobster bisque here is also great as an appetizer as are the salads, the sweet potato mash and lamb chops. Service is definitely excellent and the view is unbeatable – night or day. Reservations are recommended. Price range: $31-60 per person.
2: Zion Modern Kitchen
This chic restaurant located on Company St, Christiansted in St Croix is definitely a must try on any visit here. The ambiance in the court yard and on a verandah overlooking the court yard leaves you thinking about hippy New York restaurants in the summer. The cocktails here are creative include choices like Deh Thing and delicious and starters includes Mussels Rockefeller, the cheese plate and Escargot while the handmade pastas are highly recommended as a min course. Reservations are recommended. Price range: $31-60 per person.
3: Two Plus Two
If you are looking for a local fare in St. Croix, you must check out Two Plus Two, at Route 751 in Christiansted. The seasoned rice with vegetables and conch in butter sauce is a must as is the fungi (turned cornmeal) with steamed king fish and ochro. This is a place where a lot of local business men and former politicians frequent so you are sure to get a warm Caribbean welcome. A nightclub is also located next to the restaurant but Friday night seems to be the hottest night. Price range here is moderate.
4: Joe’s Bar & Grille
Located in Sunny Isle, St. Croix is this restaurant operated by former New York natives. It is a good place to get Italian food if that is your craving, but the deep fried whole red snapper with fries and a salad really offers the island taste and laid back feel that sums up this joint. This is truly a ‘homey’ experience and the owners are quick to come over and chat with you. Price range: $11-30 per person.
5: No Bone’s
In Gallows Bay, you will find No Bones Café, a neighborhood bar and restaurant with a diner feel. The big booths remind you of a New York diner and the variety of salads are distinctly a NYC thing if you are seeking a light lunch. Try the spinach salad or the Asian salad and wash it all down with ice team that comes in a mason jar and is refreshing on a hot day without being too sweet. Price range: $11-30 per person.