The lolos: for gently spiced Creole cuisine

The lolos: for gently spiced Creole cuisine

To take the pulse of local life, nothing beats stopping in at a lolo for a taste of regional cuisine.

For lunch, head straight to a lolo, one of the informal barbecue restaurants on the coast in Marigot, or on the beach at Grand Case.

These small wooden huts with valances and verandas date back to the 17th-century slave plantations, but today they are laid-back picnic-style places serving inexpensive and unbelievably tasty food: stuffed crab, fritters, shrimp skewers, grilled pork ribs with barbecue sauce, crab rice, sweet potato cakes, and grilled lobsters picked straight from the tank. Lolos date all the way back to the 17th century, to the shops set up on plantations where slaves' rations were stored, along with goods intended to be kept or sold on.

Little by little, slave dwellings became neighbourhoods, and then towns. The ration shops remained in their place and became small local shops called "lolos". This name came from the word "Lot", the sales unit used in them.

Menu: around 7 EUR