St. Thomas has garnered a reputation as one of the Caribbean’s foodie capitals based on a palette of restaurants that range from small cafes and food stands that serve native fare to fine dining bastions where the local seafood shines and kitchens turn out cutting edge cuisine that stirs the imagination. This list culls from that colorful palette the cream of the crop restaurants that excel at their philosophy de cuisine, whether that be hearty West Indian fare such as what Gladys’ Café serves or inventive fusion like you will find at Havana Blue.
Downtown Charlotte Amalie is the scene of a lively casual dining scene. You will find West Indian specialties such as pate (the Virgin Islands’ version of Caribbean meat or seafood patties) and the islands’ signature kallaloo soup of spinach like greens with okra and meat or seafood. American food also feeds downtown’s hungry shoppers at al fresco restaurants. You will find some of the island’s finest restaurants at its resorts. For the freshest seafood, try the restaurants in Frenchtown and Red Hook, where commercial fishermen bring their day’s catches. The Yacht Haven Grand shopping and marina complex is another place to find good eats.
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