How lucky for me to find one of the best cafes in the Virgin Islands of the Caribbean.

Cuzzin’s conch, creole, and curry creations are full of Calypso crunch and spice. I felt right at home when served a surprise side of authentic Johnny Cakes.

But first, our small, hungry group of IFWTWA food, wine, travel writers, and photographers, gathered at the busy bar.

By noon, the Cuzzin’s landmark bar was full of visitors and locals -standing room only. This made for a jolly beginning. We sipped delicious rum punches made with fresh citrus and island rum. The locals advised us what to order – conch and more conch.

We also had to try the local lobster. A large half of tender lobster meat on the shell was stuffed with fresh seafood and served with warm sweet butter. We all dug in and had some to spare. I am a Maine lobster lover, yet Cuzzin’s prepared one of the best lobsters I have ever tasted. My mouth waters when I picture that delectable lobster. Another adventurous food lover ordered stewed island style mutton, with a Jamaican twist.

Cuzzin’s is that perfect combination of flavor, local ambiance and a professional staff of mixologists, waiters and managers. The owner was visible at every table of happy diners.

I do not know how I missed Cuzzin’s on my many visits to St.Thomas. Thanks to our knowledgeable guide, Keezi Pinney, a local from the St. Thomas Tourist Bureau, we discovered many new delightful spots on this beautiful island.

I am on a quest to try the new, before the tried and true. However, I cannot wait for my next journey to St. Thomas. I will call Keezi and ask her to meet me for another memorable feast at Cuzzin’s.

Brenda C. Hill
International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
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