Slideshow: Snapshots from St. John: Tropical Eats

Miss Lucy's
Miss Lucy's

You won't find a prettier spot for waterfront dining, or, frankly, a better place for local dishes like roti and conch chowder. It's a hike from the more populated side of the island, but if you have a car, it's well worth the curvy half-hour drive. Go for lunch or dinner—or both. You won't want to leave.

Miss Lucy's

Rt. 107, St. John, USVI (map)
+1 340-693-5244; Miss Lucy's on Facebook

Miss Lucy's Fish Fry ($17)
Miss Lucy's Fish Fry ($17)

The best (dining out) meal of the trip was this plate: delicate, clean-tasting grouper that was dusted with seasoned flour and fried and served with a spicy remoulade; sautéed carrots, peppers, onions, and mushrooms; fluffy rice and black-eyed peas, and ultra-sweet, creamy-textured plantains.

Miss Lucy's Roti ($13)
Miss Lucy's Roti ($13)

The meatless version of this packs deeply spiced vegetables—potatoes, peppers, onions, and mushrooms—into a fresh wrap. Fries come with.

Miss Lucy's Conch Chowder ($7)
Miss Lucy's Conch Chowder ($7)

The brothiest and also the most flavorful version I've had, with plenty of seafood brine, butter, and sweet onions.

Sushi at Caneel Bay's Beach Bar and Grill ($25)
Sushi at Caneel Bay's Beach Bar and Grill ($25)

The place to go if you're looking for a splurge lunch and/or craving sushi. Half the menu on the menu at this posh hotel is dedicated to sashimi and souped up maki. This one features jewel-like pieces of salmon and tuna, fresh crabmeat, and avocado wrapped in rice, topped with tobiko, and drizzled with wasabi mayo. (Note: The resort's $20 parking fee is waived if you eat there, and you're welcome to stay and use the beaches, too.)

Caneel Beach Bar and Grill

North Shore Road, St. John, USVI (map)
800-230-4134; caneelbay.com

Josephine's Greens at Coral Bay Organic Gardens
Josephine's Greens at Coral Bay Organic Gardens

Coral Bay, on the east side of St. John, is home to the only commercial farm I could find on the island: Coral Bay Organic Garden. Most of the land appears to be a nursery for plants and flowers, but in the open-air building, you'll find barrels and a refrigerated case full of Josephine's Greens produce: tomatoes, squash, angle beans (they taste like green beans, but grassier), delicate bok choy and tat soi, herbs, mustard greens, and salad greens. (Some of her produce is also available at local supermarkets.)

Note: The farm also grows chiles for, and sells bottles of, a locally made mustardy hot sauce called Valley Doll 151.

Josephine's Greens at Coral Bay Organic Gardens

8-4-1 Estate Carolina, St. John, USVI (map)
340-693 5579; Josephine's Greens on Facebook

Our Market Coconut Water ($4)
Our Market Coconut Water ($4)

Doesn't get any fresher than this. (Straw included.)