Dine on local favorites prepared to perfection at Gladys’s Café, a lively spot housed in a 1700 pump house smack-dab in the middle Charlotte Amalie’s historic district. It’s open for breakfast or lunch only. Sample jerk mahi-mahi, curry chicken roti, creamy conch chowder, and kalaloo soup. Entrees come with peas and rice or fungi, a local cornmeal-based specialty similar to polenta or grits. A house specialty is the colorful and nutritious Caribbean lobster salad in a homegrown avocado—you can also get it with tuna or chicken salad. The owner, Gladys, is in the house daily—if you’re lucky you will hear her occasionally burst into song. Don’t leave without taking home a bottle of Gladys’ homemade hot sauce, made with local peppers.