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St. John-Figtree Parish, Gingerland
The setting alone inspires poetry—they claim this is the oldest wooden house in the West Indies—but the top-notch quality of the restaurant's ingredients and cooking are the real draws. Using only house-raised pork, lamb, produce, and local fish, American expat Maureen Lupinacci runs a kitchen that would make Alice Waters proud.
St. James Parish
This old-fashioned (air conditioner notwithstanding), Victorian-inspired dining room delivers a silver-service, dress-up, big-ticket night out. Prime dining spots on the veranda offer picturesque views of the estate. After dinner, get a head start on the evening striptease by asking your husband to give his tie to the maitre'd, who collects them.
This sublimely simple wooden cottage of a restaurant serves the freshest seafood around, thanks to the owners' deep-sea fishing charter. Grilled wahoo or mahimahi and lobster quiche are some of the menu's standout dishes. Start with a cocktail at the cute beach bar that resembles a bandstand.
When visitors have had their fill of fancy hotel food, they head to this down 'n dirty BBQ shack. The Killer Bee rum punches and hearty grilled ribs will have you licking your plates before the night's end.
Old Manor Inn, Gingerland, Charlestown
Another late-18th-century plantation that's now a hotel, the Cooperage is distinctive for its wood and cut-stone buildings. The dining room is formal, but the warm service takes the starch out of the experience. Palatable seafood, but the real standout is the steak.
Rawlins' lunch buffet is legendary; imagine tables laden with West Indian dishes, all made using local meat, fish, and produce overlooking the gorgeous 12-acre grounds. Evenings are formal four-course dinner affairs.
Ocean Terrace Inn, Fortlands Basseterre
A Kittitian institution and none the worse for it, this casual spot with its wooden booths is a nice place to take in the lights of the capital glittering in the bay. If you tire of that vista, you can set your sights on your mahimahi, spiny lobster, or strip loin gently charring on the open grill.