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
* 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.