What are the best U.S. Virgin Islands food experiences?

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Andrea Milam

From local food to rum to an unforgettably romantic dinner on the water, here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best food experiences in the U.S. Virgin Islands:
1. Patés. Pronounced just like the liver paste but entirely different in the culinary sense, patés are pockets of fried dough stuffed with salt fish, beef, chicken or vegetables. They’re a popular snack in the Virgin Islands, and you’ll find the best at Hercules Paté Delight on St. John. Patés make a great meal on the go, so stop by Hercules on your way to the beach and enjoy a much-loved local treat.
2. Cruzan rum. World-famous Cruzan rum is made right in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a tour of the rum distillery — as well as tasting the rum samples that are part of the tour — should be on your must-do list. Watch the various processes that create this delicious spirit, then sample some Cruzan rums including dark, light, spiced and flavored varieties like black cherry and guava.
3. Stewed goat at Gladys’ Café. Set aside some time to dine with Gladys while you’re on St. Thomas. Located in the heart of Charlotte Amalie’s historic district, Gladys’ Café serves a mix of American and Caribbean foods, and the one thing you must try here is the Caribbean staple dish, curry goat. Don’t be turned off by the fact that you may be eating the cousin of the goats you saw earlier climbing St. Thomas’ hills — Gladys does it just right, perfectly flavored and stewed down to unbelievable tenderness.
4. Dining on the beach at Havana Blue. Perhaps the chicest restaurant on St. Thomas, Havana Blue is the place to go for a special romantic meal. With South Beach-style décor and Cuban flavors fused with Pacific Rim and Asian accents, this waterfront restaurant is sure to please. For the ultimate romantic meal, however, make sure you call ahead and ask to have your table set up on the beach. Dining by candlelight with that special someone, your toes in the sand, is an experience you won’t soon forget.
5. Eat @ Cane Bay’s Sunday Reggae Brunch. Start your day off right with some irie reggae tunes on a beautiful St. Croix beach and some of the island’s best food. As part of the extensive menu at eat @ Cane Bay’s Reggae Brunch, you can build your own benedict or omelet, or choose a crêpe dish like shrimp caprese or bananas foster. The rest of your Sunday can’t go wrong when you kick it off like this.

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