Make reservations several days in advance for dinner at Sale e Miele (57C Company St.; 340-719-0510) a tiny, year-old deli-cum-trattoria in downtown Christiansted. Owners Michael and Rosaria hail from Florence, and their blackboard-scrawled menu, which changes daily, combines the best of Italy and the Caribbean. Expect prosciutto di parma with fresh cantaloupe ($12), native mahi alla puttanesca ($24), and panna cotta with blackberries ($7).
Linger alongside locals over Carolina-style pulled-pork sandwiches ($11) and hand-cut French fries ($2.50) at eat@canebay. Husband-and-wife duo Frank and Kat Pugliese left their more formal restaurant Bacchus (still worth a visit for its stellar wine list) to open this casual beach eatery eighteen months ago, which is most popular for its Sunday brunches featuring build-your-own eggs Benedict ($12.50), seafood-stuffed crêpes ($15), live reggae, and the latest island gossip.
Taste some of the best locally sourced food on the island at Rowdy Joe’s (east of Cane Beach, North Shore Road; 340-718-0055), where the fish is caught fresh daily. Inside, there’s a dark, cozy dining room accessorized by dartboards and TVs, while outside there’s a spacious patio. Locals come for the super-fresh fish tacos with mango-habanero slaw ($13). Save room for homemade ice cream like vanilla praline and espresso white chocolate ($5).