8 Great Places to Eat in St. Croix

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As one St. Croix local told me, “The only bad meal you will have on St. Croix is Wendy’s or McDonald’s.” Mr. Ames—the driver for our group of four travel writers—says there are many great places to eat in St. Croix and that his favorite is Chicken Shack (included below).

St. Croix is relatively isolated, 35 miles from the nearest island (St. Thomas). Imported items cost a lot so St. Croix chefs and residents incorporate local ingredients whenever possible. In fact, farm to table is a trend all over the world but an inherent cultural lifestyle in St. Croix.

Seafood is very fresh. Chicken is plentiful and free range (roaming the streets). Pork and beef are amazing. Local rum is made at the Cruzan rum factory in St. Croix. Pretty much guarantee yourself the freshest, local dishes and drinks by ordering any or all of these items.

8 Great Places to Eat in St. Croix

AgriFest

Crucians—as St. Croix residents call themselves—love to eat at festivals and St. Croix hosts at least one festival nearly every weekend. Fortunately I visited St. Croix during Agrifest, the largest annual festival on St. Croix. Vendors from all over the Caribbean sell produce, baked goods, and crafts at AgriFest. Popular St. Croix specialties include crab rice, tamarind balls (sweet with seeds), conch in butter sauce, deep fried fish, goat, and pork.

places to eat in St. Croix: Crab Rice at St. Croix AgriFest

Crab Rice at St. Croix AgriFest

 

places to eat in St. Croix: Roast Pork at St. Croix AgriFest.

Roast Pork at St. Croix AgriFest

 

AgriFestwebsite : Facebook

 

Savant

Savant is located near the Danish fort in Christiansted. In fact, Savant is in a building made with bricks brought to St. Croix from Denmark before 1750. The outdoor patio is romantic and unbeatable on pleasant evenings. Savant’s chefs buy fish directly from fisherman at the nearby dock. The daily special will be something caught within the past few hours so definitely consider ordering it. I ordered the pork chop, advertised as double cut but was probably triple thick. I ate maybe half and gave the rest to my local host to take home. USA Today named Savant one of their top 10 Caribbean restaurants for 2017.

places to eat in St. Croix: Savant

places to eat in St. Croix: Savant

 

places to eat in St. Croix: Savant

pork chop Savant in St. Croix

 

Savantwebsite : Facebook

 

Rumrunners

Rumrunners is a popular restaurant and bar located on the waterfront at Hotel Caravelle. Sure, their rum drinks are inexpensive and potent but I was surprised how good their food is. For dinner, I shared appetizers and entrees with a couple of others. The sea scallops were astounding. For one breakfast, Rumrunners’ Caribbean French toast was really yummy and a side of ham perfectly complimented and offset the sweetness.

places to eat in St. Croix: Rumrunners

scallops at Rumrunners in St. Croix

 

Rumrunnerswebsite : Facebook

Hotel Caravellewebsite : Facebook : Twitter

 

Zion Modern Kitchen

Zion Modern Kitchen’s creative chefs use local ingredients and sustainable products whenever possible. The mixologists prepare craft cocktails from custom infused blends, using local ingredients, rather than buying flavored liquors. Both use fresh herbs from the onsite garden. The restaurants name represents the harmonic convergence of a new life brought to one of the oldest buildings on St. Croix. Like Savant, the building is classic brick and you should strongly consider the daily special.

places to eat in St. Croix: Zion Modern Kitchen. Article and photo by Charles McCool for Food Travelist

places to eat in St. Croix: Zion Modern Kitchen

 

places to eat in St. Croix: Zion Modern Kitchen

Zion Modern Kitchen: daily catch

 

Zion Modern Kitchenwebsite : Facebook : Twitter

 

La Reine Chicken Shack

This quintessential roadside shack is one of the most popular places to eat in St. Croix. The outside rotisserie at La Reine—Crucians just call this place the Chicken Shack—continually turns, cooking dozens of locally sourced chickens. The atmosphere is casual but the food is top notch, tasty, and memorable.

places to eat in St. Croix: La Reine Chicken Shack.

La Reine Chicken Shack in St. Croix

 

La Reine Chicken ShackFacebook

 

balter

balter’s chef hosted a James Beard dinner (the first in the Virgin Islands), won Caribbean Chef of the Year, is a member of Slow Food Movement and James Beard Foundation. In other words, you cannot help but eat well at balter. You will also drink well— choose a homemade infusion cocktail (I had The Hemingway with local Cruzan rum) or craft your own cocktail.

places to eat in St. Croix: balter shrimp mac and cheese

balter’s Shrimp Mac & Cheese. Photo credit: USVI Tourism

 

places to eat in St. Croix: balter infused liquors

infused liquors at balter in St. Croix

 

balterwebsite : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

 

Harvey’s

Said to be one of NBA star and local celebrity Tim Duncan’s favorite places to eat in St. Croix, Harvey’s is an institution on the island. Unlike the other places in this article, Harvey’s is neither relaxed luxury nor a shack but something in between. It is almost like eating homemade food at someone’s house, with a dozen new friends. The daily menu appears on whiteboards and, oh, yes, Harvey’s runs out of food. My pictures show availability when we arrived and when we left 75 minutes later. I love the homemade hot sauce sitting on tables in recycled rum and vodka bottles.

places to eat in St. Croix: Harvey's

menu at Harvey’s in St. Croix

 

places to eat in St. Croix: Harvey's

homemade hot sauce at Harvey’s in St. Croix

 

places to eat in St. Croix: Harvey's

Harvey’s menu when we left

 

Shupe’s

Shupe’s is St. Croix’ version of Five Guys, but with adult drinks and a better view. Instead of ordering at a counter, diners fill out a form at the table, choosing options like cheese, bacon, and toppings. The fresh ground burgers and hand cut fries are delicious. Try the three types of fries if possible: Sea Salt, Truffle Parmesan, and Rosemary, Thyme, and Sage. Give Shupe’s Happy Hour a try—it looked very popular.

Shupe’s: Facebook

 

What are some of your favorite places to eat in St. Croix?

Please also see the McCool Travel article: 8 Great Things To Do in St. Croix

Note: United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism (USVI Tourism) hosted me as an opportunity to explore and learn about the food and culture of St. Croix, USVI and share my findings with the McCool Travel network.


Article by Charles McCool, whose travel site McCool Travel shows travelers how to increase travel happiness and reduce stress on every trip. Follow McCool Travel on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestStumbleUpon, LinkedIn, and Bloglovin.

 

54 Responses to 8 Great Places to Eat in St. Croix

  1. Arlene Holman Reply

    April 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    The Dominio Club in Frederickstead. Love the fusion of Caribbean food there. Love the place as well

  2. noel Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    OMG, so many amazing and wonderful meals, this looks and I’m tasted delicious – I want to go there now and it’s almost my lunch time!

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 30, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Reading food articles around lunch time is dangerous!

  3. Doreen Pendgracs Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I don’t believe I’ve ever been to St. Croix, but your post certainly has my mouth watering! Would love to visit some day soon.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 30, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Sweet. You will find some great places to eat in St. Croix.

  4. Jason Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Blue’s Backyard BBQ and Toast

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      I walked by Toast a couple of times and would have definitely eaten there if I had one more breakfast. Next trip, and Blue’s also!

  5. Jeannette Criloe Reply

    March 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Love the Bombay Club. Had dinner there tonight. Delicious

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 29, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Love it. I want to try Bombay Club some time.

  6. Cathie Reply

    March 29, 2017 at 8:26 am

    St Croix is a foodies heaven for both beach food and tantalizing meals from our wonderful chefs who abound on island. St Croix can be divided into areas where restaurants are concentrated from the “East End”- (‘Duggans’ Sunday brunch is not to be missed) “Christensted”- (covered well above but must add ’40th Strand’, ‘Toast’ for a casual breakfast, ‘The Courtyard’ for healthier fare and do not miss lunch at “Café Christines”); North Shore – (‘Flyers’ in Salt River Marina, the best fish and chips on island,’ Rowdey Joes’ Edamame and Fish tacos, ‘Off The Wall’ the friendliest of beach stops & ‘Eat at Cane Bay’ for good family fare to the West End, – (Polly’s good coffee and yummy light snacks, Turtles for the largest and best sandwiches, food to take to the beach.) and lets not forget the food trucks. You definitely need to come back to explore the other food delights of St Croix and I have not even mentioned ‘Thali’ the Indian Restaurant or The Pop Up Restaurants trending., recently a Brazilian Night was held at Carambola Golf Course. Taste of St Croix is coming up SOON.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Oh, I want to come back for much longer. So many places!

  7. Blair Reply

    March 29, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Great list! I have to throw some love towards Rowdy Joe’s on the North Shore. Highly recommended.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 29, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you, Seems like I must do at least one more 8 great places to eat in St. Croix. Right?

  8. charles dove Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    A little place in Gallows Bay not to be missed, Maria’s cantina. Some of the best Mexican food anywhere with an island twist. The mahi tacos are to die for. Fresh mahi brought in regularly. Lobster dishes you won’t soon forget.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 29, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Wow, love the recommendation. I will not miss it next visit.

  9. Katie Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    No Bones, Un Amore, Blue Water Terrace, TLC Kitchen for breakfast, Rum Runners, Savant………….How can anything be bad in St. Croix? It’s Paradise. I’ve been there every year for the last 5 years and I’ll never stop going back.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Wonderful. Thank you for more suggestions.

  10. Agnes Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    hmmm! everything looks delicious especially those scallops. This is one place I would love to visit. St Croix looks like a beautiful destination and the food is something I would love to experience.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 29, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      You can see from these recommendations that people are passionate about their St. Croix food.

  11. Wendy Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Some other great restaurants here on STX are Castaways (great wings and pizza)
    Bombay ( great lobster and crab chowder)
    Duggans Reef ( lobster ah gratin)
    Tavern 1844 (great bar food)

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you, Wendy. I look forward to trying your suggestions.

  12. Keith Hotchkiss Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Ziggys! A curious mixture of bar/store/gas station unique and very memorable!

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Love memorable places. I will check out Ziggys next visit.

  13. Bonnie Naef Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Don’t miss Duggan’s out East!

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Sounds great. I will try my best not to next visit.

  14. Lori Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    These are great but so many more! Blue Water Terrace, Cafe Christine, Cafe Fresco, and for casual but homey–Castaways! Out west, don’t miss Blue Water!

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Love it! So many places.

  15. Natalie Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    That quote about McDonalds!!! Oh, my, I love it!!!

    • Charles McCool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      I know, right! It applies to anywhere in the world but I am so glad I heard it in St. Croix.

  16. Jenn Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Yum! I am all about the food when I travel. No matter where I go. These sound and look delicious. Not sure if I will ever be in St Croix, but ya never know. Fun list.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you, Jenn.

  17. Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Love the food down in the islands! I haven’t been to St. Croix yet, but… I am all about that shrimp mac and cheese. I can be such a kid at times lol. I’ll have to check out some of these places or try to make the meals at home…. Eh, Nah. I’d rather be there, lol!

    • Charles McCool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Oh, yes, be there. I do not know your culinary skills but definitely try the dishes onsite in St. Croix.

  18. Vera Bortolotto Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I always wanted to go to St. Croix. I have heard so many wonderful things about it. This is a great go to for when I am able to go. Thank you!

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Hope you visit the great island soon, Vera.

  19. Ali Rost Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I haven’t been to St Croix .. but I can say we travel a lot. Whoever we go .. what’s for dinner is always on our minds (we’re foodies). Zion Modern Kitchen caught my eye right away .. not only for their catchy menu .. but also because they use local ingredients. True confessions? I’m a little jealous you ate your way through someplace tropical and fun. Good for you!

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      You can do it, also! Travel happy, Ali.

  20. Jenn @ EngineerMommy Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I would love to visit St. Croix. There’s something so fun and special and traveling and visiting new destinations. I think the whole family would enjoy a trip here. All these places sound great. The chicken shack sounds like a wonderful place to dine.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Chicken Shack would be a wonderful stop for the family. Travel Happy!

  21. Cecile Roth Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 10:31 am

    We have so many wonderful places to eat great food here on St. Croix. Savant and Zion are two of my favorites, but too often overlooked (perhaps because it overlooks a horse pasture) is Rowdy Joe’s. Truly amazing, fresh, innovative food reasonably priced. You can find lots of locals hanging out at No Bones. I like The Deep End for the great view of Buck Island, and the Galleon for the bar ambiance. And for the most amazing cocktails ever, you need to drop in at BES Craft Cocktail Lounge, a small place tucked away just a few steps from balter. Charles, come on back. At a minimum you’ll find at least a dozen more great places to enjoy on St. Croix.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Oh, at least. I am sure of that. Thank you, Cecile.

  22. Melanie Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Wow- I would not even know where to begin if I had all of these options for eating. I have not visited this region before, but it looks like there are plenty of culinary adventures to be had here. I will definitely keep it in mind in case we ever get to visit.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Great, Melanie. Hope you do get a chance to visit St. Croix.

  23. Mars Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Scallops at Rumrunners look deliciously sinful.😋

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      So good.

  24. Kg Reply

    March 28, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Savant, chicken shack are definitely must haves when I come to St. Croix. Bombay Club is great too.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      I walked by Bombay Club a few times and just ran out of time. Will visit it next time.

  25. Karl Danga Reply

    March 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    The list of 8 in Saint Croix should include FortyStrand and Toast Diner and of course Cafe Christine. I won’t mention them by name, but two of the eight are way overrated as I have had mixed luck at both of these expensive places.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Love it, Karl. Thank you. I cannot wait to return to STX to try more places.

  26. Janice Chung Reply

    March 27, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Quite the culinary scene in St. Croix. I had no idea there would be such great food there and Charles, you got there at the best time—-for a food festival! This island has played it smart incorporating local ingredients as much as possible. I had forgotten that a lot of islands in the Caribbean have to import a lot of their ingredients and therefore things can be pricey. So bravo to St. Croix.

    • Charles McCool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you, Janice. AgriFest is so fun and I loved the home cooked foods. I did not even include photos of the desserts!

  27. michele Reply

    March 27, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Count me in for those sea scallops at Rumrunners – they look delicious and the Caribbean rum would be a nice bonus.

    • charlesmccool Reply

      March 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      I know, Michele, I still dream of those scallops.

  28. charlesmccool Reply

    March 27, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Thank you for including my article in your amazing food travel collection.

    Travel Happy. Eat Happy. Y’all.

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