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  1. #1
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    First night dinner ideas

    Ok, we leave a week from tomorrow and get into Aruba around 4:30pm. We are staying at the Holiday Inn and are looking for opinions on where to grab a bite to eat within walking distance of the hotel. We also would like some place we don't have to make reservations.

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    Jon
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    I would suggest Smokey Joe's which is within walking distance; great ribs and chicken. It is across from Playa Linda which is next door to the Holiday Inn. Another suggestion would be in the new mall across from Holiday Inn; Scala being one. There are other restaurants located in the mall and you may want to watch the dancing water performances at the maill at 7:30, 8:30 or 9:30 p.m.

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    http://www.saltandpepperaruba.com/ Salt & Pepper
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    Salt and Pepper is the best - have tapas or whole meals very relaxed and varied menu. It's across the street from the hard rock

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    Thanks for the responses. Does anyone know if you need reservations at the Pelican's Nest?

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    Junior Member DuKe's Avatar
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    Smokey Joe's was packed every night we passed by and the food smelled great. We never ate there, but it looked like a good spot.

    I was not impressed with Salt and Pepper...

    There are a bunch of small restaurants within walking distance that you should be able to walk right in and sit down, or have a short wait.
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    I love the rosted fishes the most.

  8. #8
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    This ones easy

    We stayed at the holiday inn also.just walk down the beach to the pelican pier and eat at the end of the pelican pier,you will want to stare out at the water on your first night and order a tropicalodia drink,there awsome, foods good to, the view is best.We do it every year on are first day because of the jet lag we dont feel like taking the rental car anyware.Have a great trip

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