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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffnev View Post
    I would reco Smokey Joes for ribs, although i have only had breakfast at Matthews. Totally agree with the MJ's reviews-don't miss it.

    A few suggestions to add;
    Chef's Table- not far from Palm and Eagle beach and a really nice, less crowded place. Not sure why it isn't on more people's lists but that's ok.

    Pincho's- just past the main downtown area on the water. really good food, great setting, and professional service.

    Linda's Pancakes- best breakfast place on the island IMHO. Others on this site also say lunch and dinner are really good there.

    Cuba's Cookin'-downtown, fun place, good music, and great mojitos.

    Every year we try a few new places and this July we will definitely try Anna Maria's, Que Pasa, Busters, and maybe Cooks.

    Best part about eating in Aruba is that there are more good places that you have days on the island and most of them are really good.
    Double check on Linda's, she has recently passed away. Last October her cancer was preventing her from working when we were there and family/friends/employees were keeping the ship afloat. Not sure what the future holds now. If they are still open remember the Dutch have pannkokens for dinner .... the apple is a personal favorite.
    Aruba where the toughest question each day is "where to dine tonight".



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    Quote Originally Posted by jdoll View Post
    Double check on Linda's, she has recently passed away. Last October her cancer was preventing her from working when we were there and family/friends/employees were keeping the ship afloat. Not sure what the future holds now. If they are still open remember the Dutch have pannkokens for dinner .... the apple is a personal favorite.
    Linda's Pizza & Pancakes has reopened as of April 3rd.
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    36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018





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    A few suggestions to add;
    Chef's Table- not far from Palm and Eagle beach and a really nice, less crowded place. Not sure why it isn't on more people's lists but that's ok.

    We love Chef's Table Amy, always go there once, never had any complaints and I agree why isn't it on more people lists.

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    Thank you so much for all the responces. I am going for 2 weeks and its a family vacation so for the first week I have no choice but to eat at the restaurants my family has choosen but for the second week I am exploring different restaurants with my girlfriend. I will check out all of your suggestions and let you know how it went. Thank you all!

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    Has anyone been to the aruban chef?? Looking to have some aruban food. I was going to go to noose cucunu but bar tender said its a locals place and don't like tourist.

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    Amazonian? Like this place for the type of restaurant it is.
    Giannis? Heard too many complaints about the service to go there.
    Flying fishbone? NA
    Madam Jennette? I think the food is overrated but the atmosphere is lovely.
    Chalet suisse? A quality meal in a more formal atmosphere.
    Mathews-rib night? MEH

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    Quote Originally Posted by marino1252 View Post
    I was going to go to noose cucunu but bar tender said its a locals place and don't like tourist.
    I have never EVER heard anyone STATE that Nos Cunucu, or any other business establishment in Aruba did not "like" tourists.

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    We just returned from a wonderful three week’s vacation in Aruba. For those of you wanting something different, I’d like to pass on some recommendations for restaurants serving authentic local food at reasonable prices.
    Nos Cunucu is at Tanki Leendert # 145-K, a bit out of the way but well worth the drive. It’s a very laid back place with traditional décor, indoor and semi-outdoor seating arrangements with solid wood tables and chairs. Our waiter was friendly and efficient and food arrived in a timely manner. My husband loved his tasty goat stew and I was equally happy with my choice of Keeshi Yena ( a chicken casserole with capers and olives covered with Gouda cheese melt) and freshly prepared soursop juice. The desert, "Mother's fresh baked cake of the day" was a rare treat reminding me of the type of wholesome and delicious cake my mother used to bake when I grew up in Austria. The bill was surprisingly reasonable.
    We had such a pleasant evening in this quiet country atmosphere that we returned a few days later in spite of the many restaurant choices in Aruba. We were immediately greeted by the owner with a warm smile of recognition and a hearty handshake. There are pictures and sample menus on facebook; just type in "Nos Cunucu".
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/nos%20cunucu.html
    Last edited by Arubalisa; 04-17-2011 at 06:44 PM.

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    We've been to Nos Cunucu several times. They like anyone who wants to try good, local food and who want to spend their money there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdoll View Post
    Amazonian? - no different than any Brazilian "all the meat you can eat" place in the states.

    Giannis - chef 7, locale 7, experience 7 Semi-solid Italian on the hi-rise strip. Hardley special however.

    Flying fishbone - chef 8, locale 10, experience 6 We stopped going here in 2007 because the tables are just too close together and you can't avoid being overrun with others table talk, etc. Good chef and same owner/menu can be found at Screaming Eagle (a tready place for the 30 and under crowd)

    Madam Jennette - chef 8, locale 7, experience 8 a busy programmed kitchen kicks out solid dishes. We have not been for a few years since they standardized the menu but you should enjoy the meal &experience.

    Chalet suisse - had a bad experience in 2001 0r 2002 and haven't been back since.
    Mathews-rib night - no experience.

    My don't miss Rec's for your 2nd week
    Marandi - chef 9, locale 9, experience 9 well spaced tables, waterside under the night sky or under the grass palpa. Unrushed experience and some great seafood specials.

    Anna Maries - chef 9, locale 9, experience 10 search the forum here for reviews but this is the most unique Italian on the island IMHO and a equally unique dining experience at reasonable prices. Plan on 3 hours.

    Wacky Wahoo's - chef 9, locale 6, experience 8 0r 9. the star here is the fish. as big a variety as you'll find on the island. tiny, crowded place but the dishes make it all worth while.



    Mmmmm
    I don't really remember that we standardized our Menu just for the record we have a Special Menu going on from day one what we change frequently next to Mj's Signature Main Menu .

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