I will try to add my entire trip report to the "My Aruba Story" folder in the next week or so, but wanted to give a brief overview of the restaurants we dined at.
Day 1 (Saturday, March 30th)
Wendy's. Nothing more to say :-)
Day 2 (Sunday, March 31st - Easter Sunday)
Lunch - Pizza Bobs - Rating (B)
Ordered a pizza half regular/half black olive and a classic Italian salad. Everyone shared and everything tasty.
Dinner - El Gaucho - (Rating B+)
DH, Mom and I all ordered the petite tenderloin w/ various sides. Meat was cooked to perfection. Decent side dishes. DD ordered pasta and meatballs. Passed on dessert but got capuccino, Bailey's coffee and Bailey's on the rocks for the adults. All yummy.
Day 3 (Monday, April 1st)
Lunch - Mulligans - Rating (C)
They seemed to have changed their menu a bit and may have a new chef. My favorite, the Dutch pea soup, is no longer on their menu nor is this stir-fry noodle dish that I liked. Mom ordered a turkey club which she did not care for as the turkey looked quite unappetizing. DH ordered a cheeseburger which he liked and I got a Cesar salad with a dressing that was a bit odd. Not bad, just different. DD ate some leftovers and picked at the fries and onion rings we ordered on the side which were both fairly good.
Dinner - Ate in. Mom fried up some chicken cutlets and we had a salad and rice pilaf - rating (A-) :-)
Day 4 (Tuesday, April 2nd)
Breakfast - Mulligans - Rating (B)
We got a complimentary members breakfast. Complete breakfasts all around with eggs, bacon, toast and potatoes.
Dinner - Bavaria- Rating (B+)
We really like this place but fear it's not too popular because of the location. It's a nice change from the beef and fish that we normally eat in Aruba. A nice relaxed casual atmosphere, great beer and a very friendly owner that always comes over and talks to his customers. DH got a potato soup for appetizer and Mom, DD and I shared soft pretzels in garlic dip. For main course, Mom and I both got pork medallions in mushroom gravy with mixed veggies and spatzle. DH got a 3 kinds of suasae sampler with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. DD got chicken tenders and fries (her favorite). We all split and ice cream and apple strudel for dessert. Brought leftovers back to timeshare. Everything very good.
Day 5 (Wednesday, April 3rd)
Lunch - Pizza Bob's (see above) - same rating - same order as Day 2
Dinner - Driftwood - Rating (B+)
This is my go-to spot for fresh catch of the day (and where I get my Wahoo fix). Mom and I both got the Wahoo. I got mine "Aruban Style" in a tomato based creole sauce. Mom got hers blackened. DH ordered the Swordfish in a garlic wine sauce. DD got mac n cheese. Ice cream and cheesecake split by all for dessert.
Day 6 (Thursday, April 4th)
Lunch - Palm Beach Refreshments - Rating (A)
This is one of our favorite local lunch spots. It is family owned and all of the owners are sooooo nice. Hubby always goes in and asks them if they can make us 3 chicken satay orders and they always oblige even if it's not on the daily menu. 2 skewers of marinated chicken, peanut sauce on the side over a bed of rice with a small salad and a few fried plantains all for under $10 each. We can never finish as they stuff the box full of food. Delicious!!
Dinner - Gianni's - Rating (A-)
Not sure why this place gets such mixed reviews. We've been going every year since it opened and have never had a bad meal (and this is coming from NY Italians). Mediocre service as times -yes, but never a bad meal. This year we had both a good meal and good service. DD and I split a caprese salad to start and Mom got one of her own. DH got a mussels appetizer in garlic wine sauce which was excellent. For main course, I got my usual chicken cutlet parmigiana. Mom got a veal dish in a creamy lemon sauce and DH ordered a veal dish in a creamy wine sauce. DD chowed down on 2 bowls of our pasta sides!!! Cappucinnos all around (except for DD) and a sorbet over fresh fruit split by 4 for dessert. We were stuffed and satisfied.
Day 7 (Friday, April 5th)
Dinner - Windows on Aruba - Rating (A)
Hubby and I always celebrate our belated anniversary at Windows and we always order the same thing. He gets the lobster bisque to start and I get the goat cheese salad and we split chateubriand for 2 and the pistachio and hazelnut dessert. Usually we give this place an A+. It was a little off this year. I think it was because they did not ask us if we were celebrating anything and we didn't get our complimentary champagne, free dessert with sparkler, homemade sign wishing us Happy Anniversary, etc.. We felt silly pointing it out so we let it go. The meat was cooked very well and the sides were very good as well. Will still return next year but will make sure to mention our anniversary right away.
Okay, I will post the 2nd half of our week tomorrow.