The Hollywood Smokehouse Diner is a new establishment in San Nicolaas, absolutely worth the drive! (The Hollywood itself has been there a long time.) Now, Mike and Tina have opened the restaurant, serving up Carolina and Texas-style barbeque. Forget those other joints that make similar claims, this is the REAL THING, at a price that is an absolute bargain.
Today I sampled the pulled pork and Texas brisket platters. Platters are served with cole slaw and two sides. I went for potato salad and baked beans on both. First, the brisket. Literally melt in your mouth. Next, the pulled pork. Tender on the fork, smokey, good. Sides, exactly what you think and home made. Let me also say the barbeque sauces on the side are also custom blends. Great for dipping. All this for 22 and 18 florins respectively. (Try that price point at the high rise area.)
Mike and Tina are great people, too, happy to get your orders in good time so you're not missing the beach. I HIGHLY recommend this place (a rating reserved for only serious quality "joints"), whether going to or from Baby Beach or simply on the roll one day. Stop in. You'll love it. It's located at the end of Helfrichstraat near the refinery wall, only two blocks from the main gate. PLENTY of parking directly in front.
Photos and more at: http://bentpage.wordpress.com/2011/0...e-diner-aruba/
Too bad I'm leaving the island soon or I'd be chowing multiple times per week here.