As with most local restaurants on St. Lucia, Mama Sheila's doesn't have that familiar chain-restaurant sheen. That is, don't expect to see fancy signs or manicured entrances or stunningly massive building structures. Mama Sheila's is just a simple place that serves fantastic local food at very reasonable prices.
It was the best, most authentic meal we had during our stay in St. Lucia. Of course, our idea of a 'best meal' is sitting and talking with a local, ordering new foods, and not being at all bothered by having to pick a bone or two out of our fish because the fish itself was so fresh and tasty.
We saddled up to the small bar and started chatting with Ferdi, a quiet, but incredibly friendly bartender/server who offered to seat us at a table. We asked if we could stay at the bar to eat to talk some more, and he gladly sad 'yes'. He told us the menu for the day, and we ordered. Ferdi cheerily entertained our all-too-predictable questions about St. Lucia, and told us a bit about himself.
The food arrived fairly quickly, and all of it looked amazing. The fish plate that both of us had ordered came with rice, fried plantains, boiled plantains, salad, ground provisions (various boiled root vegetables), potatoes au gratin, and fish (of course) with salsa.
Two delicious, stomach-filling meals, great conversation and a beer only came to $55 EC, which is about $20. What a great place.
Quick conversion tip:
$40 EC = $15 US