This gaily painted 170-year-old Creole house is a good advertisement for the high spirits inside, including a Friday-night cabaret starring the staff in drag. The interior is as colorful as the facade, all flowered tablecloths and fluttery curtains, with candlelight playing on the pitched wood-beamed ceiling. The menu is a loving ode to French bistro classics: Think escargots (seven different ways), deftly prepared poisson dishes such as sole meunière and local mahi-mahi in a heady butter sauce, and coq au vin. Plus garlic, heaps of it. For those looking for a giddy, Gallic night out, this colorful candlelit spot should fit the bill.
St. Maarten/St. Martin
St. Maarten/St. Martin› Restaurant
96 Front St., St. Maarten
Our Rating Neighborhood Philipsburg Hours Mon–Fri 11am–3pm, daily 6–10pm. Phone 721/542-2483 Prices Main courses $19–$31 Cuisine Type French/Creole Web site L'Escargot