The essence of our flavorful Caribbean-fusion restaurant offerings is to blend the tendencies of continental cooking with a simpler version of West-Indian cuisine. Diners can enjoy native as well as American fare and other culinary ethnicities with plates such as boneless chicken roti and tender marinated baby-back ribs; our guests are welcome to explore the exquisite tastes of Caribbean cooking in a relaxed and casual setting while also feasting their eyes on a magnificent ocean view.
Fat Virgin's Cafe uses the absolute best quality ingredients, including locally-grown produce, catch-of-the-day fish, angus-grade beef, and homemade sauces and dressings. All recipes on the menu were originally created and mastered by our chefs including our famous hot-pepper sauce, a savory pan-fried red snapper, and Esther's scrumptious home fries, fresh cut from Idaho potatoes.
Fried foods and fritters date back to ancient cultures in Europe, Asia, and even North America. In fact, during Medieval times in Western Europe, fried chicken was already regularly enjoyed. Scottish immigrants in the United States are often credited as the demographic group to introduce fried chicken to the country whereas most other European immigrants would bake their chicken. Many of these Scottish immigrants settled in the southern United States, where fried chicken became extremely popular. When African slaves who worked as cooks were brought to the country, they put their own spin on the dish using seasonings and spices not found in most Scottish dishes.
Most slaves were allowed to have chickens but weren't able to raise more expensive meats, which is how fried chicken became a staple preparation on many special occasions throughout the black communities in the South.
In addition and independent of this, a number of West African cuisines featured dishes where chicken was fried, typically in palm oil, sometimes having been previously dipped in batter. In some areas of the U.S., these recipes were served on special occasions, or sometimes sold around the streets as snacks, which provided some means of independent economy for enslaved and segregated African American women, who became noted poultry vendors (live or cooked) as early as the 1730s; because of this, and (despite popular perception) due to the expensive nature of the ingredients, battered fried chicken was a rare and special dish in the African-American community.
Potato salad is often served with fried chicken, barbecue, roasts, hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. Although potato salad has become as synonymous to America as apple pie, it was originally a European creation, first concocted by Spanish explorers after arriving in Europe from the New World in the 16th century. The first potato salads were usually cooked and/or dressed with vinegar or wine, which is in contrast to their modern American counterparts, which are traditionally slathered in creamy mayonnaise.
Potato salad is one of our signature side dishes at Fat Virgin's Cafe!