Freedom Fighters Ital Shack is a vegan restaurant located near Philipsburg on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin/Sint Maarten. Philipsburg is the capital of Sint Maarten, a dual country island in the Caribbean. Philipsburg is easily one of the most popular spots on the island due to the cruise industry. If you arrive to St. Martin by cruise ship, you will be let out into Philipsburg. You will love this Caribbean town, with streets lined with shops and restaurants. Freedom Fighter Ital Shack is located just outside of the main downtown area of Philipsburg. Enjoy this vegan review of Freedom Fighters Ital Shack.
Freedom Fighters Ital Shack
Freedom Fighters Ital Shack is an organic, vegan restaurant. Ital cuisine is typically associated with a Rastafarian lifestyle. The purpose of Ital cooking is to only use natural, organic ingredients. Rastas believe that all life is sacred, and they represent this in their cooking. Using only natural, healthy ingredients, Ital cooking emphasizes on a healthy vegan lifestyle. In Rasta culture, our bodies are viewed as a temple. As such, they only feed the body with things to improve health, nothing toxic. It is believed that all things in nature have been provided by their Almighty JAH and should be protected as sacred. I am not an expert so if I explained this incorrectly please don’t come at me.
I think most vegans/vegetarians can relate to an Ital lifestyle. From what I can tell, Ital lifestyle is similar to what some would call a whole foods plant based diet. Focusing on only organic ingredients ensures that we are only fueling our bodies with enriching foods. As you can imagine, this lifestyle aligns very well with my personal views of how people should navigate the world.
At Freedom Fighters Ital Shack, you will not find a menu. You will not find a beverage menu. Instead, the owners simply prepare what they have for the day and offer a meal. You do not choose what you will be eating. Everything is vegan and organic obviously so it is all healthy and delicious. They also offer fresh pressed juices, with the selection changing regularly.
On this particular day, Freedom Fighters Ital Shack was serving the plate pictured. This plate consisted of lentils, quinoa, plantains, greens, and some form of bean patty. This meal all together was absolutely delicious. I felt so healthy and satisfied after eating such a natural meal. The spices used were so wonderfully Caribbean and really elevated the dish. There isn’t too much to say about this meal, it was simply wonderful.
As an American, I was slightly taken aback by this style of restaurant but also found it very refreshing. I am sure the owner looked at us like some crazy, high strung Americans who needed a menu and traditional restaurant style. But it was super enjoyable to be served a plate not knowing what you are getting. We are so used to having Beyond Burgers and fake chicken that sometimes people forget the main movement behind veganism is to bring better health to our bodies and to the environment. So, I definitely will find myself eating a more whole food plant based diet after experiencing this restaurant.
Overall, I absolutely loved Freedom Fighters Ital Shack. The food was fantastic and simple. The vibe was as laid back as you can get. All I needed was a fat joint to truly get into the Ital headspace. It’s worth mentioning that if you are arriving by cruise ship to Philipsburg, you will need to take a car to get here. Unlike my previous post at Irie Gardens,this shack isn’t located directly in the walking town of Philipsburg. The shack is only a few minute car ride, but it crosses some main roads that don’t have sidewalks or a safe way to walk from town to the shack. Also, several times I tried to come here they were closed. The hours of operation on Google are not always correct.
After meeting the owner, it was obvious his goal wasn’t about growing his business or having a great online presence. He simply wanted to make wonderful food for people with great intentions. If you come to Freedom Fighters Ital Shack, be sure to talk with the owner. He is a very warm, friendly person who likes to get to know his guests from all over the world.
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