St Lucian food consists mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and a variety of curry, jerk, rice and stewed dishes. The coal pot is a delicous stew, traditional to native carib cultures and can be found at many local restaurants in Castries, Soufriere and Vieux-Fort. Vegetarian and meat rotis can be found at a number of small local restaurants, ask any local for the best roti shop and they’ll tell you how to get there. Roti’s are usually made fresh in the morning so if eating a spicy early lunch is of interest, its highly recommended. Local cuisine is prepared throughout the island, so depending on where you are staying ask a local if they know someone/somewhere that prepares local food and you will be sure to be welcomed somewhere nearby. Many rumshacks in rural towns also prepare food if given advanced notice. Fish, veggie, chicken, and goat meals are very common and usually come with a number of sides including salad, plantain, breadfruit, macaroni, and rice prepared a number of different ways.
For a quick snack, bar-b-ques with chicken and pork can be found in any community on a Friday night. The food is well marinated and spiced, soak up the sauce with a barbequed or fried bake. Fried chicken and fish can also be found, and is quite delicous.
There are weekly parties and festivals held in various communities throughout the island where you can also sample a range of local foods, including sea food, bar-b-qued meats, salads, and drinks. These festivals are filled with dancing, drinks, food and music. Let your hair down, try some cuisine and lime it up. Be sure to ask what is in the pots before you sample the food. For those environmentally conscious, blackfish is porpoise.
Rodney Bay is full of people from all over the world and the restaurants reflect the diversity. You can find a variety of cuisines, from East Indian to Italian, in a small area.
St. Lucia has fantastic Rum Punch. It’s hard to go wrong. Highly recommended:
Chairman’s Reserve (cask-aged dark rum)
Crystal Lime (clear rum infused with lime)
Most bars will have both, even at the smaller resorts.
In addition to fantastic rum, Piton Lager beer is is brewed and bottled on the island and is very good (although it seems to have a higher alcohol content than most American beers…be warned!). If you’re a beer drinker, you must have one. If you’re not at a resort that offers it, check in coolers at the marketplaces – you’ll likely find it in there for $1 US.
Also spotted in the coolers: Heineken, Champagne, Wine, Water, Coke (All for $1 US)