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The Little Mermaid

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[Click to enlarge] People love it when they find an authentic local treat off the beaten path. I know my wife does. When she stumbled on The Little Mermaid restaurant and its spreading old genip tree, she held it over me that she knew a secret place. And she took a party of 10 there on an impulse for dinner (a reservation would have been smarter, but the owner Daphne "Matina" Lake, an Anguillian who lived many years in St Thomas, created ten dinners and setup up a buffet for us too.

While they have a perfectly nice bar and tables indoors, the attraction is their shaded outdoor patio. A fun place for a casual party and a relaxed place to take children, since they can play in the enclosed courtyard while you dawdle over your dinner.

And you enjoy a game of pool, but you will need 4 EC quarters and should observe the local etiquette (you can't hog the pool table and after you have won your game, you need to take on the challenge of the waiting players or relinquish possession).


[Click to enlarge] [Jamel Lake-click to enlarge]

Or, you can try dominos, West Indian style (much faster, theoretically simpler, and with a distinctive snapping down of your domino). If you want to learn how, ask Jamel Lake, Daphne's son (pictured above). He is an expert player will be glad to show you the rules and even give you a few tips.

They serve both lunch and dinner, but it is best to call first because the fish is always fresh. Email: jamelklake@yahoo.com, Web site at web.ai/mermaid and Telephone: 1-264-497-5523.

Directions: Start in the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, continue straight past Island Car Rentals and Anglec and National Bank. Turn right at Alberts Supermarket and continue straight. Just past Proctors Market the road makes a sharp left, then soon a sharp right. Take the next right turn and you should quickly see the Little Mermaid on the left.

 Revised: December 17, 1999




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