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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Stick to Your Budget in St. Martin


2. Where to Eat

Chicken and lobster being grilled boothside in Grand Case.  

For cheap eats, nothing beats the island’s lolos, or roadside barbecue joints. Most offer similar fare, but Cole Bay’s Johnny B Under the Tree is among the most famous: Former five-star-hotel chef Johnny Bridgewater grills up tender, crispy baby back ribs and whole lobsters, served with fried plantains, rice and peas, and hot foil-wrapped flat bread (559-557-5576; Tues.–Sun., 5 p.m.–midnight).

If you’re looking for something fancier than a picnic table, Rosemary’s in Marigot is a bit more restaurantlike. You’ll be so distracted by the falling-off-the-bone goat curry, you won’t even notice the views of the parking lot (Place du Marché Front de Mer; 0690-30-98-18).

For a more formal meal, head to one of the French bistros on Grand Case’s restaurant row: The 50-seat, coral-colored Le Cottage is known for its foie gras and stellar wine list.

Published on Jan 15, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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