Skinny Legs Bar & Grill is located in Coral Bay on St. John, also known as the quiet side of the island. It calls itself “A Pretty OK Place,” but I think you’ll find this laid back, easy going restaurant much better than just ok. The restaurant is frequented not only by tourists, but also those who live on St. John looking for a quick, but tasty meal. Skinny Legs first opened in 1991 by two friends, Doug Sica of New Jersey and Marice Chabuz of Massachusetts. Doug Bean and his wife Jaime Elliott purchased the restaurant in 2012 and now run it in the same family friendly way that the original owners intended.
Don’t expect linen tablecloths here! Instead at this family friendly bar and grill (dive), the colorful decor is second only to the quality of food. Doesn’t hurt that they serve some kick ass hot sauces here as well. On my entire trip it was a struggle to find anything non-meat of interest on a menu at the restaurants we visited so I was ecstatic to find a veggie reuben on the Skinny Legs menu. It was ridiculously tasty and although completely not what I would eat back at home (bread, cheese, fat laden dressing), it was a-MAZ-ing! But have no fear you carnivores! There’s burgers, cheeseburgers, and even a burger of the day on the menu. All sandwiches and burgers are served with potato chips and not french fries. In addition to their burger menu, they also serve fish, chicken, salads as well as specials on their specials board. For beverage choices you’ll can choose from beer, wine, and some extremely creative drink specials from Margaritas to Painkiller to Bushwacker and more. All drinks are shaken and not blended and they proudly state that they are a “blender–free zone!” After you finish your meal, head out to the store and pick up a t-shirt, hat, or other souvenir item before you leave.
Without question, Skinny Legs was my favorite dining spot on St. John on this trip because service was fast, the food was excellent, prices weren’t ridiculous, and Skinny Legs is the kind of place I’d go to no matter where it was or how it appears from the outside. I’ll always take great food and service over pretentiousness any day of the week.