St. Thomas, a vibrant island among the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, has a diverse and delicious cuisine that reflects the island’s cultural influences. Whether you’re a foodie looking to explore the culinary scene or just a hungry traveler searching for a delightful meal, you will be satisfied with the variety of dishes St. Thomas offers. You’ll find the island’s culture and beauty through the inspirational dishes served around the island. Our Flavors of St. Thomas Food Tour highlights some iconic foods from around the island. Here are five must-try entrees and appetizers that will give you a taste of the Caribbean’s rich and flavorful cuisine.
- Callaloo Soup: This is a popular dish in the Caribbean, made with callaloo leaves, a leafy green vegetable similar to spinach. It is typically cooked with onions, okra, peppers, and coconut milk, giving it a rich and creamy texture. Callaloo Soup is a must-try dish for anyone visiting St. Thomas who wants to experience the island’s African culinary roots.
- Conch Fritters: Conch is a type of sea snail commonly found in the Caribbean waters. Conch fritters are a popular appetizer in St. Thomas, made by mixing conch meat with flour, onions, peppers, and spices and frying them into small, crispy balls. The dish has a chewy texture and savory taste, making it the perfect appetizer for seafood lovers. Conch fritters are a great way to experience the island’s maritime culinary heritage.
- Johnny Cake: Johnny Cake is a type of bread popular throughout the Caribbean. The bread is made with flour, water, and sugar and is often served with butter or honey. The dish is believed to have originated in Native American cuisine and was adapted by Caribbean islanders. Johnny Cake has a sweet taste and a soft texture, making it a great breakfast or snack option.
- Chicken Curry: Chicken curry is a traditional Caribbean dish that the people of St. Thomas have adopted. The dish is made by slow-cooking chicken meat with a blend of spices and vegetables, such as onions, garlic, tomatoes, and thyme. The curry has a rich and hearty flavor, with tender meat that falls off the bone. Chicken curry is a must-try for anyone visiting St. Thomas who wants to experience the island’s Indian culinary influence.
- Rum Cocktails: St. Thomas’ cocktail scene is reason enough to travel to St. Thomas in and of itself, and the island celebrates the history of the cultural importance of rum throughout its drink offerings. You’ll find a nearly endless variety of punches, piña coladas, and fabulously creative drinks like the “Painkiller” cocktail pictured here. A deliciously smooth rum cocktail perfectly compliments the beautiful food of St. Thomas. On the Flavors of St. Thomas Food Tour, you’ll have the chance to actually craft your own cocktail with the guidance of an expert bartender! Some of our restaurant and bar stops on the island include the Rum Island Pub and the Petite Pump Room, both of which offer some of the best cocktails on St. Thomas!
St. Thomas’ cuisine reflects the island’s rich cultural history. On our Flavors of St. Thomas Food Tour, you’ll have every chance to take in the island’s scenic beauty and Dutch colonial architecture. Join us at Flavors Food Tours to become more than just a food tourist. Our knowledgeable guides will help you become an insider on the local food and drink scene, and you’ll create some unforgettable memories along the way!