One of the first things we do when visiting a new city or country is to ask the locals what their favorite places are. Harvey's was mentioned a few times, so today we sought them out. Boy, are we glad we did! This is a little hole-in-the-wall cafe/diner type of place that probably hasn't been updated since 1977 and the "chef" was obviously someone's grandmother, cooking us what I can only imagine is the same sort of fare she makes her family on Sunday. In short, it was perfect! The food was absolutely fantastic - and we are on St. Croix staying at a fairly expensive resort with 3 different restaurants. But, the resort serves merely competent corporate resort food, and we want to eat the real deal. And, "real deal" is what we got! Our waiter, a very nice, helpful older gentleman (possibly one of the owners??), brought us our "menu", which was 8 dishes written in long hand on a small notebook. LOL Cool! There were no prices by the items, but we didn't care. My wife had the "Fry Pot Fish", which was a whole fish, lightly battered and fried to perfection. I can't pronounce that fish, although our waiter said it was one of the fish you would see when you go snorkeling. Awesome! I had the conch, which I had never tried before. There was a ton of firm, succulent pieces of conch surrounded by a delicious sauce that included onions and peppers. Conch, it turns out, has a texture similar to scallops. It rocked! Both plates were piled with extras, such as some fabulous fried plantains, rice, cole slaw, a quarter of an avocado, and some macaroni salad that resembled macaroni and cheese. Whatever it was, it was pretty good! We also tried a tamarind drink that I would buy by the gallon if it was available on the mainland. Our very helpful waiter told us about all of the dishes, explained how to eat them and with what, and helped us not to look like the clueless tourists we are... In case you wondered, our meals were $15 each and the drinks were $3 each, and we were stuffed. Compared to what we have paid for meals at our resort here, it was a screaming deal. In fact, if I could get food like this back home for $15, I would be one happy camper! If you are looking for any "negatives" about this place, it might be that the service was, at times, a little slow. But, our meals and drinks arrived fairly quickly. Our server just wasn't in too big of a hurry to bring us a check or refill our water, which he did do. Then again, this is island time and we were in and out in under an hour. And, we got to chat with some very cool people who made us a fabulous meal and made us feel like one of them. All things considered, we would highly recommend this place! If you want to experience the "real" world, outside of resorts and hotels, you need to seek out places like this. You will not regret it.
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