Skinny Legs Bar and Grill

A Pretty OK Place

We are an affordable and family friendly bar and grill in beautiful Coral Bay on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

We are open most days from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Call ahead for take out. Visa, Mastercard and American Express Cards are accepted. We are closed on July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

A Coral Bay Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is the big turkey day. We're closed for the day at Skinny Legs, but we open the restaurant to a group of Coral Bay residents who host a huge community pot luck feast. Thankspigging has been happening for the past 14 years thanks to Architect Ken, formerly Long-Haired Ken (no need for last names here).

With many people in the community far away from families, Ken (that's him behind the bar which is piled high with food) started hosting a dinner at his house for folks who didn't have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving. He buys a pig and roasts it whole each year and asks anyone who is able, to bring a dish to share. The first Thankspigging drew a crowd and that crowd kept growing.

The party quickly outgrew Ken's house and he's been hosting it at Skinny Legs for quite a few years now. He still buys the whole pig and starts roasting it super early in the morning. People bring all kinds of dishes to share and the bar is full of all those awesome Thanksgiving favorites. There are musicians and beer and and I hear it's a great time. I wouldn't know. Since the party is at Skinny Legs, we would, of course, want to make sure that everything is working properly and running smoothly - far too similar to a work day. So we have a quiet dinner at home and I always escape to the beach for a few hours while the turkey is in the oven.

I get a bit sad being away from my mom and my family during the holidays. So I like taking advantage of the beach on Thanksgiving. Because you certainly can't run out to a beach like this back in Jersey. Happy Thanksgiving!