10 outdoor dining spots in St. Croix that’ll make you wish you were there

Among the easiest of Caribbean islands to visit during these post-vax times, St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands does not necessitate COVID testing, nor does it require a passport or incur roaming charges. To top it all off, despite what the pandemic did to dining out on many islands, St. Croix actually saw a flourish of restaurants.



a group of people in a dark room: The Galleon's outdoor space overlooks the yacht harbor at Green Cay Marina


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The Galleon’s outdoor space overlooks the yacht harbor at Green Cay Marina

Its rural temperament, furthermore, is conducive to the thriving crop of artisan farms and markets that support the vibrant restaurant scene. The island’s balmy, sea-breezy climes have always equated with year-round outdoor dining, and here are 10 of the best for feasting al fresco safely and scenically.

Salt – Great Pond



a bunch of food sitting on a table: A spread of starter dishes at Salt


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A spread of starter dishes at Salt

Don’t be fooled by the backroad location and roadside shack appearance,

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Chinese restaurant near Eagle Vale in Perinton NY has outdoor dining

For the past three years, the Yan family has run Beijing Dumpling, an authentic Chinese dumpling shop in Binghamton. But as they neared the end of their lease, they spotted a space available near Rochester, and it was so beautiful they couldn’t pass it up. 

The family recently opened Yanhuang Gourmet next to Eagle Vale Golf Club; the space at 4400 Fairport-Nine Mile Point Road in Perinton was previously home to Thai Mii Up.

The restaurant has two inviting dining rooms separated by a spacious bar. A 16-seat outdoor deck provides an idyllic vantage point for dining outdoors and watching the golfers pass by in their carts.

The Yan family is originally from Beijing, China. Zhengxuan Yan, the mother, along with her son, Yunzhi, immigrated to Seattle in 2014. Yingquan Yan, the father, along with his son Lizhi Yan, arrived two years later. Lizhi is now 18, and goes by

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Chinese restaurant near Eagle Vale in Fairport NY has outdoor dining

For the past three years, the Yan family has run Beijing Dumpling, an authentic Chinese dumpling shop in Binghamton. But as they neared the end of their lease, they spotted a space available near Rochester, and it was so beautiful they couldn’t pass it up. 

The family recently opened Yanhuang Gourmet next to Eagle Vale Golf Club; the space at 4344 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road in Perinton was previously home to Thai Mii Up.

The restaurant has two inviting dining rooms separated by a spacious bar. A 16-seat outdoor deck provides an idyllic vantage point for dining outdoors and watching the golfers pass by in their carts.

The Yan family is originally from Beijing, China. Zhengxuan Yan, the mother, along with her son, Yunzhi, emigrated to Seattle in 2014. Yingquan Yan, the father, along with his son Lizhi Yan, arrived two years later. Lizhi is now 18, and goes

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Traditional Irish food, tacos and great service at this Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining spot

HOLLAND, MI – It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, the owners at The Curragh Traditional Irish Pub just want you to come out to the Lakeshore and have a good time.

“It’s pronounced ‘Cur-ruh’, but we don’t correct anybody,” said Sophia Leongas, who has owned the downtown eatery since 2004.

“We’re just happy they’re here,” said her husband, Dave Jurgensen.

The Curragh finished in second place of our poll for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining for Muskegon and the Lakeshore, but it was the only place in Holland nominated by MLive readers.

Even though they didn’t win, they were just happy to be nominated, especially after such a challenging year.

“Last year was tough,” said Leongas, who originally owned J.J. Finnegan’s in Holland. “We were holding our breath. But the summer came through for us. It was a good summer, considering.”

A little excitement is good as Michigan restaurants across

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