I'll admit it. I am a Foodie. With a capital "F". One of the things that I enjoy about being in the villa rental business is having the opportunity to experience cuisine from a variety of different islands and countries when I travel to do the villa inspections. It's an important contribution to the ultimate travel experience, whether you are staying at a villa that is staffed with a chef or cook or exploring the wide range of dining options at the destination of your choice.
The island of Saint Martin / Sint Maarten is known as the "Culinary Capital of the Caribbean" and with good reason. This popular dual-nation tropical getaway boasts an amazing plethora of dining possibilities, from the casual 'lolos' (grill shacks) along the sea in Grand Case to more elegant establishments found throughout the island, covering an extensive range of dishes from around the world. Here you will find talented chefs from across the globe creating an intriguing menu of French, Italian, Asian, Continental and Caribbean cuisine. There is something here for everyone, no matter what's your taste and pocketbook.
Today, I'm going to mention a few of my perennial favorites located in Grand Case, a former fishing village on the French side of the island known for its fabulous authentic French food. There are so many restaurants worth your time and money, so I will add a second (and perhaps even third) list at another time. Reservations are recommended, especially if you are going in-season (December 15th - April 15th). Also, parking can be a challenge along the narrow Boulevard, so get there early and take time to explore the lovely gift shops and galleries.