Caribbean Eateries

The Round House

Dragonfly, 364 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico; 787/977-3886. Worth the first-come, first-served wait, this restaurant is aflutter with the most creative food and atmosphere on the island. (November-December 2001)

El Picoteo, at the Hotel El Convento, 100 Calle Cristo, San Juan, Puerto Rico; 787/723-9200 or This cosmopolitan open-aired retreat offers both beautifully simple and creative tapas that go hand in hand with pitchers of sweet, cooling sangria. (November-December 2001)

La Querencia, 320 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico; 787/723-0357. Located on one of the quieter streets, this is a soothing New Wave Latin dining retreat that's also a gallery. (November-December 2001)

Smilin' Joe's at the Lazy Parrot, Rincón, Puerto Rico; 800/294-1752 or (March 2004)

The Parrot Club, 363 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico; 787/725-7370 or This bustling, tropical-themed spot is the first place a visitor to Old San Juan is sent for a taste of new San Juan. (November-December 2001)

Foxy's, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands; 284/495-9258 or An open-air beach bar at Great Harbor, serving flying-fish sandwiches, grilled lobster, and other local delicacies, plus oceans of rum drinks and beers created from the owner's own microbrewery. (December 2006)

Blanchard's Restaurant, Anguilla, British West Indies; 264/497-6100 or Owners Melinda and Bob Blanchard built their restaurant themselves, and opened its doors in 1994. No burger hut, it entices visitors with fresh seafood. (September 2003)

Double Deuce, Nevis, West Indies; 869/469-2222. Restaurant and bar. (September 2006)

The Mill, Montpelier, Nevis, West Indies; 869/469-3462 or Fine dining. (September 2006)

The Terrace, Montpelier, Nevis, West Indies; 869/469-3462 or Fine dining. (September 2006)

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