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Coal Pot, Castries

Vigie Marina
St. Lucia
Tel: 758 452 5566's insider take:

More than 40 years old, this tiny place on the water in Vigie is still adored by everyone who manages to score one of the ten tables. Its second-generation owners, Michelle Elliott (artist daughter of the founder) and her French chef husband Xavier take great care to make sure their guests are happy. That's usually not a problem, thanks to choices like grilled or sautéed steak, chicken, or fish with a variety of sauces—red-wine peppercorn, ginger, Creole, and coconut-curry are just a few. Start off with the lobster bisque or pumpkin soup—both are served in hand-thrown pots, and delicious. On a fine night, a table outside can't be beat, though you'd miss seeing Michelle's paintings on the semi-open wood walls. Don't forget to call ahead.

Open Mondays through Fridays, noon to 2:30 pm and 6:30 to 10:30 pm; Saturdays 7 to 11 pm.

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