Miss Lucy's shines on

Landmark restaurant thrives in St. John

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Maura Curley

Virgin Voice staff note: It is with a great sense of heartache that we announce the passing of Miss Lucy co-owner, Guy Walsh. Guy, along with Miss Lucy's son, Eddie, were one of the first advertisers to support Virgin Voice when we first started in 1998. Over the years, we got to know Guy, Miss Lucy herself, and of course her son Eddie. We hope that there will be a great celebration of Guy's life and his legacy of keeping the Miss Lucy's traditions alive. We are going to miss him a lot. And we know Eddie and staff will too......Dan Bostdorf

Restaurants come and go, but Miss Lucy’s on St. John’s south shore, has endured the test of island time. Founded by native St. Johnian, Lucy Mathias Smith Prince, known affectionately as “ Miss Lucy” this landmark remains strikingly authentic, the way Miss Lucy, would have liked.

I once interviewed Miss Lucy, who lived next to the restaurant until she passed away in 2007. She was an island icon, the first female taxi driver on St. John, a true original right down to her trademark hibiscus in her hair, and her from scratch recipes she served.

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Step into Miss Lucy’s and you’ll feel instantly relaxed amidst the majestic sea grape trees rimming outdoor tables on the edge of sparkling Friis Bay, next to Coral Bay. Miss Lucy’s island ambiance alone is worth the visit, and the amazing dishes will keep you coming back.

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During a recent idyllic afternoon lunch we feasted on a killer Kallaloo, a savory stew floating with big chunks of lump crab and a fresh encrusted grouper sandwich served with an awesome aioli and French fries hand-cut in the kitchen.

We pored over the menu and wished we had room for Miss Lucy’s signature roti with mango chutney or Johnnycakes. But we did order a side of golden fungi- some of the best we’ve ever had in the entire Caribbean.

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St. Lucia native Sonia Charles was whipping out dishes in the kitchen, but not too busy to smile and pose for photo, while explaining some the restaurant’s recipes such as the conch fritters and stewed conch are originals from Miss Lucy.

The vibe at Miss Lucy’s is just wonderful. Everyone from Sonia behind the line to Joie Gerhardt behind the bar to our super server Sarah Gunyon clearly care about each guest.

The lunch menu includes something for all appetites, including bountiful burgers, but it’s the West Indian favorites that make it sparkle.

Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. and dinner from 5p.m. to 9p.m.

Jazz Sunday brunch from 10a.m. to 2p.m. is a cool creation with favorites such as pina colada pancakes with pineapple, bananas and toasted coconut and three kinds of Benedict, traditional a vegetarian Florentine, and St Johnian style with conch fritters.

Final word – Ice-cold libations flow anytime. Lucy’s famous rum punch is made with Lucy’s natural fruit punch, with light and dark rum, topped with a blackstrap rum floater.

Photos: Top - dinner enjoy the bay view at Miss Lucy's

Middle: Chef Sonia Charles and a fresh grouper sandwich

Bottom: Bartender Joie Gerhardt and Server Sarah Gunyon

Video of Miss Lucy's sunday brunch here.

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