After the quiet lent season and coinciding with the start of St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, downtown Gros Islet saw the revival of its Friday nights, with an enhanced Creole cultural programme and, as usual, plenty of music – not jazz music though!
Apart from chilling out with a bottle of Python, one important motive to go to Gros Islet night is to get some lovely local grilled chicken, some bakes etc. Now, not all the chicken you get in Gros Islet is great. Here are some tips:
1. Make sure we are talking grilled, not fried (and then warmed up).
2. Make sure it is straight from the grill. Buy from those vendors with a high frequency of guests (see photo). The green house by the main street is Luciagel’s preferred choice.
Lunch at Ladera is a must when visiting St Lucia for at least two reasons. First, the place is located just between the Pythons, the two landmark peaks, so the view of them with the sea in between is simply marvellous. Second, the food is Creole with just a bit of fusion, so there will be tasty grilled chicken and fish, with a very special homemade barbecue sauce, rice and beans, pumpkin pie and mac cheese. Natural juices come with sugar syrup – lovely. But be alert: local birds might be eager to claim their share of your delicious platter!
There is not much to improve at Ladera and even pricing is pretty reasonable considering the location & quality, especially when compared to comparable options in the north of the island.
Apart from juicy and tasty chicken wings and a very friendly (yet not pushy) attitude, Wingz n’Tingz features a cosy place to chill outside on an evening over some nice grilled meat and a Python beer in the middle of Rodney Bay Village, yet slightly detached from the vibrant night buzz. Combining fast food-style (and prices) with attentive and flexible customer service, the place is rather unique in the area.
Grilled ‘wingz’ come stirred with a delicious sauce – we can recommend honey barbecue, and if you are not too much into wings, you may also be able to get some juicy pork chops instead, so just in case you are not offered a speciality upon arrival, always ask what is available.
Wingz offer a really good value for money in terms of good food, friendliness and location. Luciagel recommends.