Delicious, Grab & Go Local Fare

Etta Samuel grew up in St. Croix but has called St. John home for the past 34 years. She is married to Mr. Nevil Samuel.

Last week, we told you about a great new authentic restaurant in Cruz Bay – De’ Coal Pot. Today we’d like you all to know about another great local spot, but this one’s more of a grab and go place. It’s called Etta’s Place and I’m not sure what’s better – the food or dear, sweet Etta herself.

The idea for Etta’s Place came about last year around this time while Carnival was happening over on St. Thomas. After tasting what she described as subpar food during the event, Etta Samuel decided it was time for someone to offer flavorful, authentic West Indian cuisine on St. John.

“I said if this is what they’re doing, then I’m going to start cooking. So I opened the restaurant and realized I had a gift,” Etta said.

Etta’s Place opened up on the second floor of the Marketplace about three months ago. She serves a variety of dishes including stew chicken, salmon balls, fresh local catch, veggie platters and more. Most dishes are between $8 and $14 and include peas and rice, sweet potato stuffing, sweet plantains or banana fritters, cole slaw and potato salad.

Here’s a peek at her full menu:

ettas menu
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And here’s a look at how good her food is (I wish we had some kind of smell-o-vision because this all smelled amazing!):

ettas food

For those of you who like conch, Etta sells a great dish of conch in butter sauce. But you need to grab it quickly, because it “sells like hotcakes,” according to Etta.

Etta’s Place is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. She is considering expanding her hours in the future.

Ettas sign

Dr. Cool Just Got Cooler

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Since 1999, Dr. Cool has been the island’s go-to air conditioning specialist. Dr. Cool can now add the island’s go-to high-end appliance retailer and servicer to their list of services.

Dr. Cool recently expanded their business to include high-end appliances. As the official USVI authorized dealer for the represented brands, Dr. Cool is pleased to be able to offer a full, two-year warranty on parts and labor across all products, with an additional 5 year warranty on compressors. An unparalleled benefit to the island community that no dealer has been able to provide…until now!

The business recently opened an expansive showroom, so customers now have the opportunity to browse Dr. Cool’s selection of fine appliances in person. Customers are welcomed and encouraged to test their cooking skills in one of Dr. Cool’s live kitchens. Sounds like fun to us!

Dr. Cool supports community building, which is why they plan to invite the public into their showroom for events that will include wine tastings and cooking demonstrations. It’s important to the folks over at Dr. Cool to share what they have with the community. (We’ll pass along dates and times as soon as they become available.)

Dr. Cool offers Energy Star rated appliances including Sub Zero, Wolf, Miele, Thermador, Gaggenau, Bosch and Electrolux.  Every Dr. Cool appliance comes with a full two-year warranty – the best appliance warranty in the islands.

Dr. Cool has been serving St. John residents since 1999. They plan to continue to service St. John’s air conditioning, refrigeration and appliances needs long after the sale and installation of these items, and for years to come.

Stop by the showroom and check it out for yourself. They’re located over in Palm Plaza just over Jacob’s Ladder. The showroom is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is also open Saturday by appointment.

You can also check them out on the web at www.DrCool.com.  You can even like them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com.DrCoolBuzz or follow them on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DrCoolBuzz

Dr. Cool has been providing air conditioning service since 1999. Pictured here is Gary, General Manager of Dr. Cool with the Mitsubishi A/C display.
Dr. Cool has been providing air conditioning service since 1999. Pictured here is Gary, General Manager of Dr. Cool, with the Mitsubishi A/C display.
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Gabrielle Nelson, Dr. Cool’s Kitchen Design Consultant, stands in front of a live Dr. Cool kitchen.
(Photo courtesy of Barbara Crites)