Big Kahuna

Lucky Thirteen

Nicci and I took my folks to Thirteen Restaurant for dinner last night. We’ve been trying to get there for a while but they are always very busy – which is a good sign.

I called ahead and spoke with the owner Kirstie (I hope spelled it correctly) and made a reservation (good thing as they were packed again). Trust us, make a reservation if you want to dine here, otherwise you will be out of luck.

Now, I remember Deano’s (the place they took over) and let me tell ya, this ain’t no Deano’s. They completely remodeled the place with dark wood and brick and they opened up the wall so there’s a fantastic view. As soon as you walk in you can feel the difference.

So after the initial disbelief of how great the inside now looks like we were greeted by Kirstie and seated. We introduced ourselves and Nicci took some pictures.

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Some of you may or may not know that Kirstie used to own Indigo (which we are fans of) so expectations were high. Our waitress Jayden greeted us (she just moved here from San Diego) and we looked over the scrumptious menu choices. Here’s a shot of the appetizers…creative and tempting – just the way Nicci likes her appetizer menu:

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And the main courses…yum…:

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For our appetizers Nicci and I ordered the scallops with prosciutto/manchego cheese/basil and my mother Shelly and step-dad Steve ordered the shrimp, crab and artichoke.  The first words from my mother’s mouth was “”WOW”.  The appetizers were awesome! Nicci loved the scallops – the basil was fresh and the prosciutto/cheese mixture was fantastically tasty! While we waited for the apps we enjoyed fresh bread flavored with salt and herbs and a garlic/herb oil for dipping…tasty!

For dinner my mother and I ordered the lamb:

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Steve ordered the pork chop:

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…and Nicci ordered the halibut. The lamb was cooked exactly to temperature. It’s a real pet peeve of mine when meat is cooked incorrectly so I was pleased it was done perfectly. Nicci’s halibut was great and she finished everything (if you know Nicci you know she usually leaves restaurants with a doggie bag). Steve loved his pork chop – everyone really enjoyed their dinner, the food was exceptional.

As the licked-clean entree dishes were removed we all sat back in our chairs and tried to make room for dessert – which was a good idea, considering the desserts that were presented. Feast your eyes on these descriptions (and try not to drool…I dare you):

- Glazed doughnut bread budding with mixed berry compote (on the left)  Banoffie Tart: Chocolate and caramel served in a grahm cracker crust with sliced bananas and sweet whipped cream (on the right):

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- Warm fudge brownie with cayenne ganache, crushed pretzels and bacon. Yes, I said bacon!

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Nicci is a not a sweet-tooth kind of girl, so after munching on all three treats she was experiencing a pretty content sugar buzz! These desserts were creative and delicious…the bacon/brownie thing really works!

So – after all of this great food and presentation you might be thinking you’re about to break your wallet – hardly true. Here’s the catch, the pricing is very reasonable for the service and quality you will receive. We was surprised at the $28 price range for almost all the entrees. Given the experience we had I think this might be the best VALUE on St. Thomas right now. So if you’re looking for great quality food, presentation and service this is a place to frequent – immediately. So go! Now!

We left the restaurant at 8pm, and it was packed – as was the bar area. If you know where the restaurant is located than you know there are roughly 7 0r 8 actual parking spaces, the rest is street parking, and the cars were lined up down the road. Thirteen has obviously filled a void for us Northside people (and any East Enders that are making the trip over!).

Nicci and I are giving Thirteen two very big, full-bellied, sugar-buzzed, we’ll-be-back-soon thumbs up!

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13 Comments »

  1. March 23, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

    Simon Said,

    Thanks for the info. What part of the Island is this spot located?

  2. March 23, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

    chris hendrickson Said,

    All the mention of the fantastic food and presentation but no mention of the chef who prepared. (Ryan Llewellyn, co-owner)

  3. March 23, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Well we’ve never met Ryan but I think the review was pretty positive as we really enjoyed the food.

  4. March 29, 2009 @ 3:49 am

    Heather Nicole Said,

    Ok, I know this is a bit useless to say, but…. I was watching Food Network, and they were talking about chocolate bars. Apparently there`s a chocoltier in NYC who makes really wacky ones, including BACON CHOCOLATE BARS! It seems to be one of their biggest sellers. Anyway, it`s the first I`d heard of such a thing, and to have it come up twice in one week, well, I just had to share.

  5. April 22, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    Andre Said,

    What is the phone number and address for this restaurant?

  6. May 7, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

    Sharon Said,

    It was nearly impossible to find the phone number of this restaurant! I had to actually drive by and get it off of the door– Call (340) 774-6800. It is located on the Northside in the old Ferrari’s Restaurant location (down the road from Bryan’s Plants). Good Luck!

  7. May 28, 2009 @ 8:41 am

    Ashley Photography Said,

    LOVE THIRTEEN!!!

  8. June 1, 2009 @ 6:00 am

    Best Of St. Thomas Awards 2009 Said,

    [...] Winner -  Best “Newbie Restaurant”: Thirteen [...]

  9. June 7, 2009 @ 8:25 am

    Thirteen Restaurant Winner Best of St. Thomas Award 2009 Said,

    [...] Thirteen Restaurant wins ” Best Newbie Restaurant” St. Thomas. Why Best Newbie Restaurant? Well, as soon as they opened they were and are packed each and every night. And you know that old saying, “location, location, location”? Well they’re pretty remote on the North side and they’ve certainly overcome that. They offer gourmet style food at very reasonable prices. [...]

  10. March 23, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    tim herriage Said,

    What is there phone number

  11. May 27, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    jason Said,

    Is this place still open? Do they have a website with updated menu??

  12. May 28, 2011 @ 4:43 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    yes it’s open. No they don’t have a website.

  13. December 25, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    Lisa Said,

    Thirteen is by far the best on island

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