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Dining is one of the favorite pastimes in the USVI, and the goods are served up in a wildly diverse selection of venues, from casual diners to elegant beachside bistros. The restaurant scene is heavy on "surf and turf" (meat and seafood), but most eateries offer their own interpretation on that theme, whether it be a Latin-Asian flair, a Caribbean twist, or an old-world European sensibility. Due to the high cost of importing even commonplace foods, dining out is not cheap, and there's not a whole lot of ethnic diversity, but with over 300 restaurants, cafes and snack bars, you won't go home hungry or dissatisfied. Plus, there's nothing stiff or snooty about dining in the USVI – even the finest, priciest places have a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
In St. Thomas, Havana Blue's Latin-tinged fusion and Old Stone Farmhouse's exotic meats draw the biggest kudos, while Alexander's Bella Blu and Thirteen remain perennially popular due to their innovative fish and pasta specialties – including schnitzel at Bella Blu.
St. Croix's elegant Kendrick's and casual Duggan's Reef may be polar opposites in terms of atmosphere, but they are rivals in terms of the quality of their food and the loyalty of their clientele. Same goes for Eat @ Cane Bay, which dazzles diners with its food shots and uber-fresh fish.
On St. John, dining spots like Asolare and Zozo's combine achingly beautiful views with top-notch food, while La Tapa offers a taste of Spain in the Caribbean.