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Foodie in St. Martin - please help

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We are going to the Coral Beach Club (Dawn Beach) mid-may with 2 other couples. We are serious foodies. Our friends, not so much :-). Looking for reccomendations on the BEST places you have eaten in (please consider food, atmosphere and proximity to Dawn Beach) for under $150/couple. Is that even doable in St. Martin?

So the question is - what is the best of the best for under $150? We will have a car.

Recommendations are greatly appreciated.

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  1. Do not miss Ti Buchon in Cul de Sac!! Momo makes incredible food (ask him to do a tasting menu for you)....and he is the best host. Also, take a day and go to Pinel Island. Sit all the way to the left, and order the grilled lobster for lunch along with a bottle of the blue bottle rose. If you're a foodie, you'll die over this place too!! We just spent a week there (you can see my entire list of restaurant reviews by clicking my name) and the best meals were these....enjoy!!

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    1. re: sockster

      Thank you. How far is Grand Case from Dawn Beach? How about Marigot?
      I'm looking at the tripadivsor, and seems like travel time can be up to 40 min...is this correct?
      Thanks

      1. re: upscaleTO

        Its probably a 25 minute drive to Grand Case. In Grand Case (and DO NOT go on a Tuesday night- theres a craft fair and VERY LITTLE parking)...make sure you book Le Pressoir...very professional, very nice French food. We also had a good (not fantastic) meal at La Villa. In Marigot, which is another 15 minutes further, in my opinion, there is really not a great place to go for dinner. If you want to go for lunch, try the lolo Ediths...great creole food....I'm sure I'll hear objections to this, but it's just my opinion. Two more, you should try either lunch or dinner at the lolos in Grand Case- we love the one to the back right on the water....it's always busy. And if you want a very decadent lunch, try Bacchus in the Hope Estate (a shopping village on your way to Grand Case).. BTW, if you want wine, in the grocery store in front of Hope Estate, they have the blue bottle rose for about 16 euro a bottle....and they don't sell it here in the US....Trust me....I've tried many times....let me know if I can be of any more help.

        1. re: sockster

          Thank you - recommendations are much appreciated. I didn't realize the drive to Grand Case is that long....is that an easy drive at least? Thanks again.

          1. re: upscaleTO

            The drive is EASY...one road.....We always went out at night and went somewhere!! Just FYI, here is a link to my trip report from Feb 1: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8315...

            1. re: sockster

              Which one is lolo #6 if you are facing the ocean?

              1. re: madamebatignolles

                From the street facing the ocean: Back right.

                1. re: sockster

                  Thanks, went tonight was great!

    2. Big Fish is right there at CBC and is very good. Another surprisingly good place nearby across Oyster Pond is Mama Pizza if you are looking for close and inexpensive.

      Grand Case is about a 20-25 minute drive but can be a bit hairy in the dark if you are new to the area.