A Frenchtown landmark for more than 25 years,
Alexander’s Bella Blu (340/774-4349, $9–28) has a dizzying array of choices: Austrian specialties, pasta, Mediterranean dishes, salads, sandwiches, and daily comfort food specials. One diner can try souvlakia (skewered lamb) while another has veal jaeger schnitzel. The dining area is cozy yet chic, with a changing array of local artwork on the walls and bright colors all around. A new outdoor wine bar is the perfect place to relax and watch the sun go down over Frenchtown. This is also a great stop for a filling lunch; the daily $12 special features favorites like a roast beef platter and chicken parmesan.
Craig and Sally’s (3525 Honduras, 340/777-9949, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Wed.–Fri., 5:30–10 p.m. Wed.–Sun., $17–45) is an intimate, romantic restaurant known for imaginative cuisine. Specials change daily, according to the whims of chef Sally and availability of the best ingredients. Imagine roast pork with clams or pan-seared jumbo scallops. You can also choose from one of the best wine lists on the island.
You can nibble from the extensive tapas menu, or dine more formally on fresh seafood, lamb, or beef at Oceana (8 Honduras, 340/774-4262, 5–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., $21–35) located in Villa Olga on the tip of Frenchtown. The downstairs bar attracts a lively after-work crowd. Upstairs, diners choose from a seafood-heavy menu with specialties like pan-fried trout and mussels in white wine sauce. The downstairs tapas menu includes crostinis, cheese platters, and the like.
Most people head to Epernay (Rue de St. Barthelemy, 340/774-5348, 11:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Mon.–Sat., $28–40) for the late-night dancing, but it is a good place to eat as well. Try the sesame-crusted tuna with sticky rice. Champagne and vintage wine are served here by the glass.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition