We were already on the island when someone told us about Cafe Christine, so we made a point to check it out. After wandering the streets of Christiansted, you come upon a lush courtyard with an art gallery and another restaurant or two. The exterior of Christine is unassuming and a bit hidden if you don't know where to look, but it IS there! You can either sit outside on the front porch, or enter a charming little double room with about 15 tables, a handwritten menu board, crafty decor, and a display of freshly made desserts, and sit inside to enjoy a reprieve from the afternoon heat. The menu is grounded in healthful ingredients treated with delicate and gourmet preparation. We each got the tuna tar tar salad, which was perfectly dressed and balanced with several tortilla chips, and our heads turned to follow the lentil and chicken salad plates we saw carried out to other tables. Later on a pasta production walked past that I actually considered ordering to take home... but we finished off with a piece of coconut pie. I should also mention the giant ice-cube mold with a lime frozen into it was a nice touch for the water served. And the current owner is the head and sole chef, making everything in small batches every day! In summary: simple, real food with nice garnishing touches and an overall atmosphere that suggests community and genuine love of cooking and eating!
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