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Gladys’ Cafe in St. Thomas, USVI, is like a home away from home

Gladys' Cafe

Photo by Munson Steed for Steed Media Service

St. Thomas is a wonderful island to visit. There is a pleasant surprise that awaits travelers — the cafés and shops reminiscent of home. Gladys’ Café happens to be one of those places that offers a touch of the familiar when you cross the threshold.

Gladys’ Café in St. Thomas has that island spirit that. Its enticing aromas envelope you at the door, telling you you’re welcome.

Photo by Munson Steed for Steed Media Service

Photo by Munson Steed for Steed Media Service

Gladys herself might be there to welcome you and share her hospitality. She may touch your shoulder, grab your hand, or say thanks for coming. Gladys has found an entire staff who understands the value of good service and putting the customer first — it’s a winning combination.

Photo by Munson Steed for Steed Media Service

Photo by Munson Steed for Steed Media Service

Gladys’ serves only the freshest fresh fruits and vegetables — bananas, succulent papayas and creamy avocados — and those ingredients are the mainstays in her delicious island cuisine.

Photo by Munson Steed for Steed Media Service

Photo by Munson Steed for Steed Media Service

Gladys’ Café offers fresh, whole fish, pan fried or steamed with fungi or Creole style, and the thought of sopping up all that yummy goodness will get those salivary glands working overtime. If you’re from the American South, Gladys’ wonderful fish and grits will remind you of home and make your wallet happy, too.

Gladys’ Café also has something else that is often overlooked by other establishments — a staff who cared. They explain not just what to buy, but analyze, ask and probe to see exactly why you came to Gladys’ and what of type treat would make you happy. Once the food is delivered to your table, the service does not stop there; they offer personal attention, continually, to make sure the experience is enjoyable. Gladys walks through, not just the bar, but throughout the restaurant, greeting patrons at each table and making sure each feels welcomed.

Photo by Munson Steed for Steed Media Service

Photo by Munson Steed for Steed Media Service

The walls were adorned with celebrities who found their way to Gladys’ when they came to St. Thomas. They knew Gladys’ was one of the treats in one of the jewels that was waiting for them.

When you leave your home for the USVI, Gladys’ should be at least one of your stops. Of course, try the fish and grits for breakfast, or if it’s lunchtime for light fare, try the avocado with crabmeat, or for those who just want to enjoy a good avocado salad and a whole snapper, give Gladys’ Café a shout-out and let them know that you’re on your way and take a picture with Gladys while you’re there. Gladys’ warm smile and bubbly personality will give you a beautiful memory and a beautiful picture to take home with you.