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    Foodies

    I have been poking around the forum the past two weeks and I have noticed many of you are foodies...and I love that. My wife and I are taking our first trip to Aruba next week, and would really appreciate some help. We will be staying at the Marriott Surf Club for 7 nights. We are younger 28 and 24 so we dont have a huge budget. I was thinking of 3 nights of "fine" dining and 4 nights of casual (under $20 per person) dining.

    I think I have the fine dining down but always love suggestions.
    Passions, MJ, and possibly the Chefs Table/Papillon Restaurant/Windows (would love a good view or dock dining)

    As for the more casual dining I am in dire need of help. I was going to wait to ask the concierge but I would rather have a few places up my sleeve.

    Thank you for the help.
    -ryan

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    smokey joes is fantastic for ribs and really reasonable. there is a take out place called the kitchen, around the corner from lings that has really good food, lots of it and the meals are really reasonable. usually have left overs for lunch the next day. burgers at dushi bagels are very good too. have a great trip.

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    Madame Janettes doesn't really fit in the $20 range, but it's worth the splurge, and I probably would opt for MJs and just have 2 fine dining places. I am, of course, much more of a fan of casual dining in Aruba, given the heat and the fact that DH will never ever wear long pants to dine out there. Don't blame him it's vacation. The Casa Tua restaurants are a nice casual spot for pizza etc., and they are very accomodating when you ask for a modification on the menu. You would probably also like Cuba's Cooking downtown, but I did hear something about them changing their location. Matthews Beachside in the low rise area is a popular spot and they are open for lunch as well as dinner. They're popular for their all you can eat rib night and they make a good steak, staff is wonderful. Still on my list to try are Wacky Wahoos, Cooks and Gasparito.

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    Yup! Love the food... and the Amstel Bright too! In the high rise area, some good bets are Smokey Joe's, Cafe Rembrandt, Bavaria, Casa Tua, Salt and Pepper, and Iguana Cantina. A number of restaurants offer early bird specials that can save some money like Tango's. All of these are within a walk of the Marriott! Here's more:

    http://www.restaurantsaruba.com/ http://dinearuba.com/default.aspx

    If you cannot do all the restaurants you want during this trip, you can catch up next trip! And there will be a next trip!!!! Enjoy!

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    What are some good restaurants to eat at?

    Cheap & Local Dining

    click the above 2 links for chatter on restaurants that may suit your needs


    B55 is a good inexpensive spot
    Lindas also
    Cafe Rembrandt

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    Wow, thank you for all the responses. We really appreciate all the help.

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    Linda's Pizza and Pancakes is great!!! Her pizza with gouda cheese is sooo good and a great price and her beef sate is delicious and very reasonable!! Her homemade Dutch tomatoe soup is the best I have ever had. Bingo's is great too.

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    LINDAS is wonderful and that tomato soup and beef sate' you mentioned is AMAZING.

    In case you did not know, Linda had been ill with cancer for quite a while and recently died.

    Her family members have been running/managing the restaurant for some time now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boofer View Post
    Linda's Pizza and Pancakes is great!!! Her pizza with gouda cheese is sooo good and a great price and her beef sate is delicious and very reasonable!! Her homemade Dutch tomatoe soup is the best I have ever had. Bingo's is great too.

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    Wacky Wahoo, Bingo and Linda's would be our three choices! Enjoy!

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    If you are renting a car, I would suggest Hollywood Smokehouse in San Nicolaas. Outstanding southern bbq and desserts. They serve dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.

    Casa Tua Pizzeria has excellent woodfired pizza and good sangria.

    Bingo Cafe has a really good burger that is huge and extremely filling.

    These are a few casual spots that would fall within the range given.

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