Hi, welcome to my podcast. Talking travel with Wendy. I travel the globe interviewing really cool people and small hospitality and tourism businesses join me each week as I discover and share something or someone new with you. You can find more at www dot travel with Wendy dot net. And remember it's always an adventure when you travel with Wendy. Over the past year. I've had the opportunity to visit ST Croix in the U. S. Virgin Islands. Not once but twice. My friend Candy lives there and she's introduced me to some of her friends too. She's a culture queen like me and has found some amazing places to eat on the island. I wanted to share those with you. Some are her favorites and now mind too. This is from my visit this past spring. Oh my God, this is insane. Yeah. Okay policies at the pier has fresh breakfast options and is a local favorite. It's popular with tourists as well and their location could not be better.
Right on the main street and Frederick stead. Everyone greeted us with smiles and hello policies at the pier has eggs, scrambles, veggie options as well as juices, organic teas that were fabulous. I had the mango strawberry and it was delicious. They also have world class coffee to polly stays pretty busy most of the time. So be prepared to wait in line to place your order. But the service is fast and friendly and breakfast for two with fancy drinks and an extra scone. I just had to try it. It was coconut mango was a total of about $35 plus tip ext up is toast diner, which is located right off the pier in christian. Instead, this little restaurant has an incredible breakfast and lunch menu. Here's a travel tip locals know to get there early. As a matter of fact, we were cutting it close when we got there at 7 45 when they opened at eight, there was a line already and the waitress took note and seated us according to how we arrived.
When you eat in ST Croix. Make sure you visit toast at least once. Their motto is a Venezuela fair and funky diner. You just have to look at the ratings on google maps to see what people really think. Try an arepa. This is a breakfast sandwich filled with all different kinds of fillings. Ours had fried bananas and another had black beans and onions. They also serve hash browns your way just like they do at waffle house in the States. I like my hash browns that melt in my mouth and they absolutely did, toast is located and christian said, and is really surrounded by lots of restaurants. So you want to make sure that you don't miss it. It's down a little alley and it's hard to find if you see a whole bunch of people who crowd up, you're definitely going to be in front of toast. Now let's talk about some lunch options. Sand Castle on the beach. This restaurant quickly became one of my favorite places to eat in ST Croix. In my 2.5 week visit with my friend Candy. We dined here three times.
The food and service are spectacular and chris the owner is the friendliest guy you'll meet on the island. Amy Candies friend introduced us and we totally hit it off. Check out my blog and blog for more information on staying at their place to Sand Castle on the beach is one of the prettiest restaurants in Frederick stead and in the views are just sublime. I'm super grateful to Amy when she said, you know where we need to have lunch and let us back there time and time again john and I also enjoyed dinner by sunset. The fans were humming above us in the waves were crashing in front of us. We definitely felt like we were in paradise. When the food arrived, it was totally amazing and our taste buds just exploded. Try the room pound cake. You'll thank me if you do. This cake is everything you think of. When you think of the caribbean, sweet and light and soaked in Cruzan rum yum. Their menu ranges between $11.18 dollars and the dinner is a bit more, but it's fresh fish from the ocean and fine dining.
This is typical price for the island. The views are just spectacular and this is just another great place for lunch as well. Another great restaurant in ST Croix is Salt, Great Pond. This restaurant has such a fabulous vibe that you'll find yourself there for lunch and maybe even decided to stay for dinner too. One of Candy's favorite restaurants and it's located on the eastern shore of the island. Salt serves brunch, lunch and dinner menus and their menu has original recipes with a little bit of flair. For instance, they have french toast, Allah Elvis, which is peanut butter and banana stuffed french toast. Yeah, no kidding. When we arrived for lunch, we were delighted with our puffed calamari, brisket hash and the belly burger. We started off though with an appetizer of mushrooms and marsala, onion tart tins and had a really nice chilled bottle of pinot Grigio. Check out their website for more information in the links below how their special menus changes frequently and Salt.
Great Pond also has lively weekly music and special events. Another travel tip if you're visiting salt is to make reservation. Their website suggests this, however, if you want to make sure you get a seat, I would definitely make a reservation if you're looking for a place to eat in ST Croix that offers a different menu. Salt. Is it incredible views and an exceptional cuisine? Yeah. Okay, let's talk about dinner places. Although this first one rum Runners, you can have lunch there too. It just is a little crowded rum Runners is located right on the pier in christiansted ST Croix. This restaurant has just incredible views of the harbors and sailboats. There's always lots of activity going on there as well as scuba divers. We really enjoyed our dinner with the view. The service was friendly, nice and really quick. It's a fun, fish beachy restaurant that reminds me a lot about visiting the east and south coast beaches of mainland Usa rum runners of course has specialty drinks and the famous rum runner is made with the island rum cruisin.
This place fills up quickly on the weekends, especially with tourists and if you're down in the area for the evening I would definitely recommend stopping in for having a special drink or even some fish. Just know that you might have to wait a little bit if you come on the weekends. However, sitting on the pier watching the water and the boats and all the people watching isn't too shabby either. Next up Maria's cantina Maria's Cantina restaurant describes itself as a fresh southern mexican cuisine and it's also located in christian. Instead I would say it's southern fare with a caribbean twist, You can definitely taste the island influence in the menu. They definitely have tasty margaritas and we were visiting during covid, so master required and social distancing tables were set up to while we were waiting for a table inside. We were able to enjoy our drinks outside on the patio. Indoor seating does fill up quickly so you might have to wait, but it's no big deal. We had margarita in hand, I'm sure this was because they had to reduce the seating because of covid.
So it's probably back to normal by now if you're craving a bit of mexican food while you're in ST Croix, I would definitely recommend Maria's, we enjoy quesadillas, steak, fajitas, guac and cheese dip and of course the margaritas, They have a fun decor all around the restaurant, including a sign that says barriga Ayana Corazon content to which I probably just killed that, but that means a full belly makes for a happy heart. Okay, this next place is not a restaurant, it's a food truck and you know, I love me a good food truck, Nigel ari I absolutely love this eatery, especially since they serve vegan vegetarian food. I could have eaten here every single day. Thanks to Wendy from go to ST Croix dot com who introduced me and candy to marry in the owner who is the supremely talented baker and has a heart of gold. The location was a bit hard to find unless you're a local and you know where to go. So be sure to look her up on our website. The links are below in the description.
Her blog is cool too. She's open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and I would follow her on facebook to know what the menu in the times of opening our, we were lucky enough to try several of her pastries and candy was able to pick up some fresh bread and eggs too. She does have a few tables available for outdoor seating behind the caravan and it is shaded and a little bit cooler under the tree canopy. One of my favorite snacks was the beetroot hummus This I absolutely devoured in just a few bites. So what do you think? I hope you're as excited to check out these eateries in ST Croix as I had as much fun meeting the owners and trying all the culinary delights of the island. I have even more content on ST Croix on my Youtube channel and on my website. Travel with Wendy dot net. Thanks so much for joining me here today and for listening to my podcast. Stay tuned next week as I share more about cool digs and places to stay on ST Croix. My podcast helps support small businesses and share authentic experiences around the globe.
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