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    you shouldn't get rid of cooks..great food and reasonably priced..also try que pasa..they have awesome food in a fun atmosphere..
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    Quote Originally Posted by sagman17 View Post
    you shouldn't get rid of cooks..great food and reasonably priced..also try que pasa..they have awesome food in a fun atmosphere..
    Too many great choices.... too little time. Unless we 'double up' and do dinner twice a night.... maybe at 6 and then again at 9!!!

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    Aruba, too many good restaurants, not enough nights.
    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Too many great choices.... too little time. Unless we 'double up' and do dinner twice a night.... maybe at 6 and then again at 9!!!

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    Our timeshare is at Divi or links where windows on the green is located so we are within walking distance to that restaurant. Unfortunately my husband has needed extensive dental work this week root canal, crown etc. I will need to find some inexpensive dining as well or there will be "grumbling." if you know what I mean. MJ's we will not do without and husband will agree with that one. Not sure about Mathews then---? Bugaloe sounds great though. We can do breakfast some a.m. in the room. That is all I would do--I don't cook on vacation. I am glad to hear Aqua Grill is good. We have friend who go to Aruba every year and suggested that to us. 5 days we will there. who's counting?

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    Here's some cheaper choices. Don't expect Aqua Grille to be 'cheap'.... but they are quality!

    Bavaria... DW loves potato pancakes.
    Tango.... love the Argentine beef and the early bird special.

    Smokey Joe's... always great and dependable.
    Fishes 'n' More... early bird special all night tuesday.
    Bugaloo..... sunset dining on a shoestring.

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    A couple of comments on the restaurant choices.

    Above all, dining is always a matter of personal taste, so any choices mentioned and any commetary on them should be taken with that in mind.

    Second, I think we all appreciate Aruba's lively, and let's be honest, sometimes over-heated dining scene. There is plenty of variety, in terms of types of cuisine. Prices range from McDonalds to places where they don't put prices on the menu (I you have to ask how much, you shouldn't be there).

    In many Caribbean destinations, tourists rarely leave their all-inclusive resort. Yhat is just not the case in Aruba.

    There are times when I wonder about an over-supply problem, but of course that is the free market at work. Like, how many more bbq places can the highrise area really support?

    Years ago I would have gone a bit silly over anybody deliberately leaving El Gaucho off their list, but I don't do that anymore. Most people evetually get their fill, even of their favourite places. Still, I have to say this; I just can't help myself. El Gaucho's 16oz gaucho steak is the best-tasting source of protein on the planet, period.

    Amadeus might be worth thetaxi fare if you're not renting a car. Great food and great service, at least when we were there.

    Have a good one,


    Glenn

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    Thanks Glenn, We all have our fav's..... in a lot of cases like Mme J's it's a fav for a huge number of fans. Amadeus is absolutely worth the taxi fare from the high rise area and we loved our dinner and service there last year and will probably include it again in the future. But not this year. Re: El Gaucho..... absolutely agree with you that the gaucho steak is world class.... but there are choices that work better for DW and me for various reasons.

    Isn't it great to agree to be able to disagree? Thanks!

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    I agree that MJs is a must stop(actually twice) in our 2 week stay. We also like our dining experience at Matthews and multiple(6x) trips for crepes at Lindas. That's just to name a few of our favs. As far as El Gaucho, we will no longer be going back. As good as the steaks are, in my 3 visits there, EVERY time there the server basically begged for additional "tips" over the "service charge" and then stands over you trying to intimidate. I always give more than the service charge ir not "asked for". It was also very loud and the singers coming around and not leaving until you give them some money. I don't like the $$$ vulture attitude. Too many great places to eat to deal with that.

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