The Old Gin House, recently renovated, gourmet dining. Good creole and international food at the Golden Era Hotel, service can be slow, order well in advance.
The King’s Well, good lobster, steak, German food, Jaeger and Wiener Schnitzels, cocktails, friendly atmosphere, owners like to chat and play cards with guests, lunch is served 1200-1400, dinner from 1800-2100, reservations requested.
Cheaper meals at Chinese Restaurant, Prinsesweg 9, T82389. Shut Sun, tell cook not to put in monosodium glutamate, no credit cards.
Happy City Chinese Restaurant, around the corner from Duggins Supermarket, T82540. Open 1130-2300, a/c, no smoking, closed Wed.
Ocean View Terrace, just by tourist office and Governor’s House, T82733. A nice place to take a break while touring town or to have a drink and watch the sunset, Chef Percyvan Putten has improved the menu considerably, seafood specials and shrimp creole highly recommended, daily specials are reasonably priced and good, sometimes have live music, happy hour and BBQ on Fri, good place to meet locals, closed Tue.
Blue Bead Bar and Restaurant, right on beach, T82873. West Indian, American, Indonesian and international food, reasonably priced daily specials, lunch Mon-Sat 1130-1430, Sun brunch 1100-1430, dinner 1800-2100, bar hours 1000-2200, occasionally stays open later.
Cool Corner, on the square opposite museum, T82523. Currently the most popular bar on the island, run by Chucky, a friendly Chinese who manages to serve drinks, talk to customers and prepare decent Chinese food.
Sonny’s Place, next to Mazinga Gift Shop, T82609. Popular hangout for locals and terminal employees, pool and football tables, music is good, if sometimes too loud, Sonny serves good creole and Chinese food at reasonable prices, lunch and dinner, chicken, fish and daily specials recommended, service can be slow.
For fresh fish, go to the fish processing plant (Statia Fish Handling) at Lower Town opposite short pier, Mon-Fri, usually 0800-1300 depending on the catch, they will clean the fish for you. If it is not available at the fish plant approach the local fishermen at the harbor. Grocers sell frozen fish. Lobster is available fresh Nov-Mar. Fresh bread is baked daily in outdoor charcoal-fired stone ovens and best bought straight from the oven at “fresh bread time”, which varies according to who makes it. Bake sales are announced by the town crier: open air takeaway meals of local dishes some Fri and Sat, from 1100, usually at Charlie’s Place just below Mazinga Gift Shop and Africa Crossroads Park opposite museum. Hotels serve purified water. Bottled water is sold at groceries. Tap water is usually rainwater & not for drinking.