Virgin Islands Eats: 13 Fantastic Food Trucks and a Food Truck Fete

Virgin Islands Eats: 13 Fantastic Food Trucks and a Food Truck Fete

img_1476The Virgin Islands are a must visit for any self respecting foodie. If you’re visiting the islands, you’ll find endless opportunity to experience the culinary delights we have to offer. Once you’ve dined at the top local restaurants, the next thing on your agenda should be to check out some of our many fantastic food trucks.

Food trucks have been a mainstay in the Virgin Islands for years. Now the rest of the world is catching up to what we islanders know: food trucks are perfect for experiencing local, authentic cuisine without the steep restaurant prices. Many serve up the staple island cuisine: delicious pate, fried conch fritters, and johnnycakes, but like in any other major foodie capital, you can also find more international options.

St. Thomas Food Trucks

For excellent local cuisine that has people lining up, Curbside Cuisine should be your first stop. You can get it all here!

If fish is the dish you can’t get enough of, Hot on the Spot has all the local bites but specializes in fried fish. It’s the tastiest you’ll ever try.

Looking for the best pate on the island? The Carol and Paul food truck is the place to go. Wonderfully spiced beef, chicken, salt fish, or conch pate fried to perfection for a midday pick me up if you find yourself feeling peckish.

A favorite for St. Thomians is the Red Roti Bus, an old school bus that has been repurposed into a food truck with some of the best food on the island. You can pick up perfectly seasoned curried potatoes and massive rotis to suit everyone’s taste: beef, chicken, or vegetarian options. There’s a reason why it’s considered a can’t miss if you’re on St. Thomas – the food is absolutely amazing!

Speedy Redemption Vegan Raw Food Sandwich Deli has plenty of scrumptious choices for fresh, quality, meatless dishes. Although not a food truck in the strictest sense, that’s no reason not to stop by!

Looking for the best barbecue on the island? Check out Texas Pit BBQ. There’s almost always a line of people waiting to get their hands on a meat platter or smokey brisket. The chicken is moist, tender and packed with flavor.

Off the Grid is another favorite, serving up delicious barbecue and burgers, and hosts live music. They’re best known for their big, juicy burgers, but the pulled pork sandwich and burritos are outstanding with just the right amount of an Island twist.

Need a slightly different culinary vibe? The BGB food truck is the spot for authentic, flavorful Honduran food. They’ve elevated sandwich making to an art. Make sure to try their delectable vanilla flan – assuming there’s any left!

St. Croix Food Trucks

On St. Croix stop by the Joe Can Cook food truck, a Crucian favorite. It was even featured on the Travel Channel. This is island food at its best and a great place to pick up some succulent goat water. Also on St. Croix is Ruki’s Roti where you can pick up a conch roti.

Corrine’s Food Service is well-loved for its mouthwatering vegetarian dishes. Corrine is a vegetarian herself, so she knows a thing or two about making phenomenal dishes without meat.

St. John Food Trucks

Photo by Steve Simonsen
Photo by Steve Simonsen

If you make it over to St. John, Little Olive is the truck to visit for fresh Greek eats. Little Olive is a great stop for vegetarians and vegans looking for authentic food; most of the dishes are prepared from the owner’s family recipes. Mid-island on Centerline road, you’ll find Tony’s Kitchen featuring daily local specials.

Food Truck Fete

Not sure where to go first? You’re in luck. On St. Thomas, we host Food Truck Fetes where you can stop by and sample food from the best the island has to offer while enjoying live music and entertainment in the heart of beautiful downtown Charlotte Amalie. It’s a great way to live like a local for an evening. This event is a massively popular. Although the Fete started out small, it’s quickly growing with more vendors joining in to offer their tasty eats each time. It’s an unbeatable way to try some of the island’s top food offerings in a convenient, fun, and festive setting. You can end your night right with a fraco, our version of the snow cone, or stop by Mr. Yum, for the best gelato on the island.

The Virgin Islands are a rising culinary hotspot in the world. Thanks to our unique local flavor and the incredibly diverse cultural influences from around the globe, we’re able to offer our visitors a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience from the moment they wake up through well into the night. After a few Painkillers or Bushwackers, be sure to stop by one of our many phenomenal food trucks for a quick late night bite. You’ll thank yourself in the morning.

Where can you find these mobile eateries? It’s hard to map since many trucks moves from place to place. Keep your eyes open or contact St. Thomas Food Tours for current routes or locations.


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Alsin Sauer

Aslin SauerAslin has lived or traveled all across North America but has somehow always come back to her roots. “I love to travel and I love different kinds of foods.” While stationed in Nebraska, she became a beer connoisseur and New Jersey introduced her to delicious Greek and Mediterranean foods. She fell in love with afternoon tea because of her yearly travels to British Colombia. The idea for a food tour on St. Thomas came from her experience on a food tour in Seattle.

St. Thomas is finally receiving recognition for its delicious and unique cuisine and Sauer’s goal is to highlight the island’s gastronomy. “The idea behind St. Thomas Food Tours came from my travels. I noticed other places offered food tours, and St. Thomas didn’t have one. I said why not? We have the history and we surely have the food. It’s the perfect recipe for a fantastic food tour.” St. Thomas Food Tours

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10 thoughts on “Virgin Islands Eats: 13 Fantastic Food Trucks and a Food Truck Fete

  1. Your People-Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands
    Dan

    Always looking for the street vendors and trucks. Great food at great prices

    2 years ago

    1. Your People-Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands
      Aslin

      Food trucks are my favorite!

      2 years ago

  2. Your People-Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands
    Bluewindez

    All about St. Thomas! Need someone to write a real review for STX and STJ.

    2 years ago

    1. Your People-Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands
      Jennifer

      Agreed Blue Windsez! Do you know of someone in particular? If you wanted to share what you know about food trucks on St.Croix and St.John please do so in this thread. We really want to share first-hand information with our readers.

      2 years ago

    2. Your People-Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands
      Aslin Sauer

      Hi Bluewindez,
      I second Jennifer’s comment. I’d love to get a few others for St. Croix on that list. As a self-proclaimed foodie, Virgin Islander and habitual visitor to St. Croix, those were the food trucks I personally experienced but if there are more they’d be on my itinerary for my upcoming visit to the island!

      Aslin

      2 years ago

  3. Your People-Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands
    Glenn Harman

    @Jennifer. Not too many trucks on STJ, much less food trucks! Little Olive and Tony’s Kitchen are just about it. There was an awesome one in Coral Bay that had a mechanical breakdown and has partnered with an evening restaurant to share their kitchen. Amazingly, they have not lost their vibe and tasty food. BBB (Triple B) is now serving four days a week around the weekend out of Oasis restaurant in Coral Bay. While not a food truck at the moment, you get the feeling they could go mobile at anytime, and until then we get tables and chairs to use rather than a parking lot…

    2 years ago

  4. Your People-Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands
    Monique

    Any suggestions on how to find where these trucks are?

    2 years ago

    1. Your People-Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands
      Jennifer Knowles

      Hi Monique.The problem is that being a food truck means that they are mobile and the locations often change. On St.John you can find a food truck near the DMV and also by the Coral Bay overlook on Centerline Road. On St.Thomas often they appear in Charlotte Amalie and there is one almost always near Sapphire Beach, near Nisky and near Lionel Roberts Stadium. Many are food stands and these pop up in crowded areas like Coki Point Beach. When you spot one, stop and try!!!

      2 years ago

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    Sean Russell

    Red roti bus… overrated. Not true Roti but charged us $127 for 8 Roti and 3 beers.

    2 years ago

    1. Your People-Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands
      Aslin Sauer

      Hi Sean,

      Sorry to hear you didn’t have a good experience at the Roti Bus. A Roti tends to be in the $10-$14 range per order but $127 still seems high.

      If you live on St. Thomas or still hanging out, Ideal Roti (http://idealstthomas.com/index.html) is my personal favorite. It’s owned by a Trinidadian family and their roti is phenomenal. I normally get the chicken, which is $11 dollars, but I seriously can’t eat all of it. It ends up being lunch for two days.

      Aslin

      2 years ago

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