St. Croix Appy Crawl #1

We take making
meals out of appetizers very seriously. Having them at multiple
eateries is even better. For one thing, it forces us to walk off
some of the food between stops, for another, we get to try several
different places without destroying our credit rating. We decided
to hit three brand new restaurants on the evening of the St. Croix
Christmas Parade in Christiansted:

Strand Street

starters, a fantastic gem with an innovative menu. We were
greeted by the very French and beautiful hostess/owner.
She went out of her way to make sure we were seated at a
nice outdoor table in view of the jazz quartet. Our waiter
was very knowledgeable. Entrees are nightly specials, dependent
on availability of quality ingredients. Tonight, one involved
ostrich, we didn’t ask, but we’re pretty sure that ISN’T
one of the local ingredients. Peacock could be, Mongoose
perhaps, but not Ostrich.

Lobster Ceviche
This ROCKED! As in Caribbean Rock Lobster. Served in a won ton shell
with fresh local greens. Yummy!

with Fried Risotto

Also delicious. If there’s a bivalve involved, we’re all for it.
Very innovative, the accompanying sauce drizzled about was fantastic.

J. Lohr

So good Veronica almost cried. Perfect with the food. The wine
list is one of the best on St. Croix. We think Riesling will be
the new Pinot Grigio. Kind of like 50 is the new 40, or 60 is
the new 52, or 70 is the new 65, 0r 80 is the new 78 or whatever.


Strand Street

Zizzlers bills
itself as “Cajun-Cruzan Fusion” and the beautiful decor
is right on the mark. An open-air second story space lends itself
to a fun view of the goings-on in Christiansted. We staked a claim
to a corner table. It was the perfect vantage point to watch the
people watching the parade. Usually a better show than the parade
itself. Good fun. We were told upon entering by the hostess that
the menu was limited to cold appetizers, salads and sandwiches,
as this new establishment was having the customary troubles getting
the permits and inspections maneuvered through the maze that is
your typical Caribbean government. Our waitress was fun, attentive
and helpful.


A surprising large portion for a ridiculously low price.
Nice and authentic. Great shrimp is hard to come by on St. Croix,
and this was no exception, but it was certainly passable, even
above average for these parts and the sauce was wonderful.


A huge portion
Three types–Black Bean, Sun Dried Tomato, Traditional. Nice and
cool. Served with pita.

Blue Fish

Seems to be becoming a staple on St. Croix. From one of the fine
wineries in Germany going for the American market with goofy,
nonsensical names. See, we told you Riesling is the new Pinot
Grigio. Anyway, the wine list at Zizzler’s is limited, but in
keeping with price point and atmosphere.


On the Boardwalk

Nothing beats
a romantic walk on the Christiansted Boardwalk before dessert
and coffee. The boats in the harbor, lights on the water, music
and laughing from the bars and restaurants, hand in hand with
someone you love. Then on to–Angry Nate’s. Hmmmmm…doesn’t seem
quite right. We thought of asking to see Nate so we could inquire
as to what had gone so awry that he now was in a permanent state
of anger….but then the…

White Chocolate
Bread Pudding
This bad boy was SWIMMING in decadent caramel sauce (as far as
Veronica is concerned, the more caramel sauce — the better the
dessert). The pudding itself was great and sopped up the caramel
sauce perfectly. Did we mention the caramel sauce?

Our waitress
was a doll. She put on a fresh pot of coffee for us. The coffee
was a perfect accompaniment to the caramel sauce laden pudding
and just enough sugar and caffeine to get us home.

Also see:
Appy Crawl Philosophy

David & Veronica,

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One thought on “St. Croix Appy Crawl #1”

  1. We love appies, too and tried the crawl thing a while back.

    But Zebos’ were all too tempting and we had no room for anyone else after trying five of theirs.

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