Dining Options Expand in U.S.V.I.

Reed Travel Features

CHARLOTTE AMALIE , U.S. Virgin Islands-- New places to dine, wine, have a brew or a few are on tap this winter in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Here's a sampling:

* The Old Stone Farmhouse on St. Thomas reopened earlier this year under manager Winston Bennett, whose other restaurant includes St. John's Chateau de Bordeaux. Located at Mahogany Run, the restaurant serves French-Asian specialties and has its own cigar gallery. For reservations, call (340) 777-6277.

* Asolare on St. John reopened this summer in Cruz Bay after several months of renovations. Visitors can dine on Pacific Rim cuisine. For reservations, call (340) 779-4747.

* So Soup Me, a new soup and pastry shop, has opened in Charlotte Amalie with 14 varieties of soup, including seafood kallaloo and black bean. Ed Bufkin, a former chef at Maxine's in Paris, creates pastries such as cherry danishes, cheesecakes and fat-free mandarin orange chiffon. For information or for reservations, call (340) 777-5366.

* The St. Croix Chop House and Brew Pub at King's Alley Walk on St. Croix produces and sells several of its own beers from its full-service bar. The pub's upstairs dining room serves grilled entrees and boasts a view of the harbor. For reservations, call (340) 773-0103.

* The recently opened Virgilio's Wine Cellar & Bistro, located across from Virgilio's original restaurant in downtown Charlotte Amalie, offers more than 1,000 varieties of wine in the wine bar. The upstairs restaurant serves Italian specialties for dinner. For reservations, call (340) 774-8086.

* Bandana's at Seaview Farm Inn on the west end of St. Croix is another new offering. The open-air restaurant serves dinner Wednesdays through Saturdays. The view of the setting sun is free. For reservations, call (340) 772-5367.

* Located in Cruz Bay on St. John, La Tapa features light fare in the tapas style of appetizers and hors d'oeuvres. Guests sit at patio tables near the sidewalk; pitchers of sangria accompany the tapas. For information, call (340) 693-7755.

* St. John welcomed another restaurant recently when Sera Fin opened in Coral Bay. Operated by the owners who run Shipwreck Landing, also on St. Croix, Sera Fin serves European cuisine in a casual waterside setting. For information, call (340) 693-5630.

* Santa Cruz Brewery, outside Frederiksted on St. Croix, opened earlier this year. The brewery, housed in a former rum distillery, features a restaurant, a gift shop, a theater and a museum telling the history of rum production on the island. The theater has a pirate show starring company mascot Don Santa Cruz. For information, call (340) 772-3663.

For more information on restaurants in the U.S. Virgin Islands, call (800) 372-USVI.

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