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Highlights of dining out on St. Thomas

For that elegant dinner, the Banana Tree Grill (776-4050) overlooks the town and the cruise ship harbor. Reserve a sunset view to watch the ships leave port. For a much better quality of food and service at about the same price with the same type of view, there’s Herve’s (777-9703). We were planning on dining at Mafolie’s, which is another one of the fancy, view-of-the harbor restaurants, but several different locals warned us to stay away unless we liked poor food and service. If you only have one evening and can skip the view, Craig and Sally’s in Frenchtown is your best bet. The menu changes daily and is beyond great. Our party of four wanted to each order two or three entrées from the enticing menu.

While shopping downtown, you can have lunch at Cuzzin’s on Back Street if you enjoy local West Indian food. It is THE place for conch on the island. For my money, Glady’s Café in the Royal Dane Mall offers the same style food and is a lot more fun. Her hot sauce burns all the way down, and the staff is as wonderful as the food.

For a fun lunch or dinner out by Coki Beach, there’s Fungi’s on the Beach, where the motto is "Reggae Always," and the Caribbean-style menu works well as you sit over the water across the bay from Coral World. In downtown don’t miss The Green House next door to the Hard Rock Café. The two-for-one happy hour provides more alcohol then many bars serve in a dozen drinks, and the discounted appetizers make a great early dinner. Our group rated their calamari the best on the island. It is lightly breaded, cooked perfectly, and very fresh. The T-shirts offered were also rated as the best walking advertisement by our group.

If you miss that traditional American breakfast, Hook, Line and Sinker in Frenchtown provides eggs done everyway imaginable during the Sunday brunch, or you can get your eggs, hash browns, toast, and coffee at the Petite Pump Room located on the second floor of the downtown Ferry Terminal. This is one of the few places on the island where you can actually find adequate parking.

On the north side of the island, Indigo’s at the Megan’s Bay Resort is slowly being discovered as one of the jewels of the island cuisine. We caught the staff of Craig and Sally’s eating there one evening! The menu is somewhat limited, but they have several specials every meal that are so good you may not even get to the standard fare. A notch below Indigo’s in price and style is The Hideaway at Hull Bay. Take the turn to Drake’s Seat and just keep on going downhill. The less adventurous will be tempted to turn back as the road gets worse and more remote, but the trip is worth it. As you enter, you will pass the kitchen area, and as you leave, you will be amazed that food this good and inexpensive can come from what is basically a skillet over a stove burner. The enchiladas are a wonderful blend of Mexican and West Indies creole food. The seafood is fresh, and while simply prepared, we thought it was some of the best seafood we had in the two weeks on the island. They also have a grill that prepares excellent jerk pork and beef dishes. Sample all the rest, and then plan on returning time and time again to Craig and Sally’s, Indigo’s, and the Hideaway at Hull Bay.

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