Who can argue with a place called Sidney’s Peace and Love? Especially if it serves fresh lobster and lets you mix your own drinks. Sidney’s (Little Harbour, 284/495-9271, 9 a.m.–late daily, dinner $18–45) lives up to its name with its friendly staff and low-key attitude. Lobster is the specialty here, but you can also get fresh steamed fish, conch, ribs, chicken, and more. Dinner reservations are requested by 5 p.m., and dinner is served around 7:30 p.m. Breakfast is bacon, eggs, and toast and runs about $6.
A few steps down the shore from Sidney’s is Harris’ Place (Little Harbour, 284/495-9302, 8:30 a.m.–late daily, $12–40), a waterfront restaurant serving three meals a day. Breakfast is available from 8:30 a.m.; ask ahead if you need it earlier. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and features burgers, sandwiches, and fresh seafood for $6–20. Dinner is fresh lobster, baked fish, barbecued chicken and ribs, and roast pork for $22–45. On Monday Harris’ serves a special lobster buffet for $40, and on Thursday there is a seafood buffet for $27.
Across the bay from Sidney’s and Harris’ Place is Abe’s Restaurant (284/495-9529, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily, $12–42), where you can get lunch from 11:30 a.m. In addition to sandwiches and burgers, Abe serves fresh lobster, fish, and barbecued chicken. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.
Foxy’s Taboo (East End, 284/495-0218, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. daily, $12–35) is a world away from other restaurants on Jost. Physically, it is set on the dramatic and remote east end of the island. Foodwise, Taboo offers much greater variety than other restaurants. Lunch includes fresh fish, pasta, homemade pizzas, and the best burgers on Jost Van Dyke. Dinner features gourmet seafood, steak, lamb, and chicken dishes for $18 and up. Taboo is a good base for exploring Diamond Cay, Little Jost Van Dyke, and the Bubbly Pool. Staff there can help point you in the right direction and may even furnish a map.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition