comes to a "T" at the junction of Cole Bay-Welfare Road. Turn right and follow the road straight as if you are going to Marigot. He is on the left less than one mile ahead. Just look for the wood smoke. However, if you take a left at the "T" you'll find the Lido restaurant. Very similar menu to Johnny B but open during the day.By the way, both places have a full rack of babybacks for $5! The Greenhouse is a wonderful place to be during happy hour 5 - 7 ... 2 for 1 drinks, and half price appetizers. Chesterfields is also great... it’s between Greenhouse and the harbour... a little away from the action...but wonderful place for an evening meal and drink... and the servers and owners are great. Over in Simpson Bay, Lee’s is always a great choice--but personally it’s becoming a bit too much like Cheris.. but the food is quite Caribbean authentic...they specialize in sea food. Pineapple Pete’s is also very good... he has a mix of burgers and steaks... but the guy Pierre who owns it is a hell of a guy! worth a visit. Close to that is Peg Leg... I wouldnt really recommend their food.. but I do enjoy going there for their rather large drinks and very friendly bar tenders... avoid Fridays... good for a Monday/ Tuesday nite. http://www.peglegpub.com/
Cheris is a St Maarten landmark (located in Maho). From what the locals will tell you.. you can judge how many tourists are on the island by visiting cheris... if it’s packed.. the island is doing okay.. if it’s EXTREMELY PACKED.. then yeah island is not bad... if there’s barely place to stand outside the restaurant.. then yeah the island is doing good! This is a great place to visit ONCE.. personally I’ve been here a few times too many.. the food is usually never too good....and the music is too loud... but I cannot stress how much of a MUST GO place this is if you have never been there... but don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!
Behind Cheris... is a hidden gem.. Pizza Pasta.. run by an italian couple. It is very reasonably price... and to be honest.. best Italian food I have eaten till today!!!... Only problem is it’s a REALY SMALL place... which is why it’s so charming. You can expect a wait.. which is never a problem, as I always head over to watch the shows at Cheris.
Now lets talk about the GOOD STUFF!
Lido and Shawerma... *yummmy* my mouth is already watering thinking about it...cant wait to get there.
Lido is basically in Cole Bay, on the way to town... you really can’t miss it..there’s a huge Lido sign, and its right across from the Texaco gas station. BBQ food... chicken and ribs.. and sides like potato salad.. although they don’t have johnny cake (a caribbean delicacy that is basically fried bread...but it’s hard to describe how delicious it is unless you try it. You could probably feed a family of 5 for about $20... and your are basically either standing or eating on the road side which makes it all the more fun.
Give Chesterfields a try...promise you won’t be disappointed. To get there, head towards the AC Wathey Cruise Pier, and it’s on the right hand side.... between Bobbys Marina and Wathey Pier.
Shawerma is basically a pita bread filled with meat and veggies.. usually either chicken or lamb.The main place was on the French side, a little past the Marigot water front..but the last few times I went there, the quality had gone down a lot...I found out from a few friends that the main chef had moved to another Shawerma place in Madame Estate across the bowling alley.. this took a bit of finding, but there it was...same wonderful magical food from heaven. Dutch: Philipsburg’s noteworthy restaurants: Lunch spots are Antoine’s a relaxing spot on Front Street overlooking Great Bay for great Lobster Thermidor www.antoinerestaurant.com or The Greenhouse (at Bobby’s Marina) for catch-of-the-day specials and a 150 minute happy hour! www.thegreenhouserestaurant.com . Try Chesterfields (Great Bay Marina) for seafood and pasta overlooking the water and yachts. Pasanggrahan Royal Inn (Front St) offers international cuisine in fine colonial-era beachfront hotel. Wajang Doll (Front St) serves Indonesian food on the waterfront. Halsey’s