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Dining Around St. Croix: Casual / Local

Photo Courtesy of La Reine Chicken Shack

When you move to St. Croix, you want to learn where the locals eat.  These restaurants are a few of the places tourists rarely find and locals frequent.  Expect bizarre locations, plastic tables and chairs, etc.  These places aren’t big on atmosphere, but the food is amazing.

Ace Roti

Recently moving from their location east of Christiansted (near WAPA), Ace Roti can now be found just south of the main intersection of Sunny Isle Shopping Center in a residential area.

If you like curry, you’re in luck.  Try authentic West Indian food made with customary ingredients inside flat bread wraps.  Try chicken, beef, goat, fish, shrimp, or potato.  They add traditional fillings like peas, cumin, garlic, and pepper.

El Sol

Located on the south shore near the old HOVENSA oil refinery, El Sol is easiest to find by turning south from the Sion Farm intersection near Plaza Extra East.

The restaurant was tailored to the good ol’ boys who worked at the refinery, so they’re famous for meat and taters.  The steaks are huge and the baked potatoes are deliciously drenched in butter.  The mofongo is also a popular entree option.

La Reine Chicken Shack

Once truly a shack with rotisserie chicken spinning in the back, this restaurant has expanded in recent years into a full-scale dining pavilion with plenty of tables to accommodate their loyal local following.

Ordering is pretty fool-proof, just choose your meat (while they’re famous for chicken, they also have tasty turkey and other options).  Entrees come with pigeon peas and rice, red beans and a side salad.

Villa Morales

Run by a wonderful couple, this restaurant is an excellent place to try fried local goodies like conch, tostones and Johnny Cakes.  If you’re looking for seafood, you won’t be disappointed with red snapper, mahi and more on the menu.  If you’re feeling brave, try a goat special.

Ready to try hole-in-the-wall restaurants so good you’ll remember them for life?

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