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    True local places

    This question is especially for people that live in Aruba but really for everyone. Where do you eat that is really local? We tried a place once that the taxi driver recommended but I don't remember it's name. It involved husband trying goat stew which he quickly felt bad about when I reminded him of all the goats we saw tied up on the island and I had salted fish that was grinder with bones and all. Maybe too local for me, lol. So anywhere you can recommend?
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    check out this thread for LOCAL

    Off the Strip - Getting Local and Low Key Laid Back


    Quote Originally Posted by littlejen22 View Post
    This question is especially for people that live in Aruba but really for everyone. Where do you eat that is really local? We tried a place once that the taxi driver recommended but I don't remember it's name. It involved husband trying goat stew which he quickly felt bad about when I reminded him of all the goats we saw tied up on the island and I had salted fish that was grinder with bones and all. Maybe too local for me, lol. So anywhere you can recommend?

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    A local place that we love is B55
    in the Blashi are, next to the old dive in movie theater.
    a few miles past the airport, then left at the lights.

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    One local place that has been getting great reviews on tripadvisor is Costa Riba. It's in SanNicolas and on my to go list along with Queens Restaurant in the Palm breach area.

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    OK, you want to go to very good local places for great food at very very reasonable prices, here a few that you should try. . . . Redfish in the Orange Plaza, new place owned by a local fisherman, Zeerovers in Savaneta for fresh fish right off the boats, Rincon Criollo Cuban Restaurant in Savaneta, New Pueblito Paisa in San Nicolas and my favorite, Casa Vieja in Cumana coming from the air port, around the corner from the old Texas Store. . . . These are truly local places at local prices for the island local families. The food is home made and cooked while you wait. THESE ARE NOT TOURIST GEARED RESTAURANTS. . . They are not fancy, most are small with less than 10 tables (except Zeerovers) and all are very good. . . . I am sorry Andrea but B55 may be local owned but it's not a locals places with tour buses going in there everyday. . . . . Try to places I listed and you will not disappointed. . . O, menus are in Spanish but staff will help you. . .

    Tom and Stanley (the Aruba Guys)

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    Thanks Tom and Stanley (not sure if you are Tom or Stanley, lol). I know we are newbies compared to many but this is our sixth trip, 4th for our 7yo and 3rd for the 5yo and I think it would be really cool to check out the island more especially for the kids, they are fairly well traveled and I don't want them to think Aruba is just beaches and resorts even if that is what we mostly do. I guess I have a few months to try to refresh my horrendous Spanish!

    Sort of random but do you know if any of the Chinese Restauranta are good? And any idea if they speak Mandarin or Cantonese?

    And thanks everyone!

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    he is tom, stanley is his dog. they have been living on aruba about 14 mos now.

    and with respect to tom, i have seen many locals at B55 and it is owned by a local person.
    i have been there a couple of times with aruban families.
    the last time that we were there, there were 5 members of Aruba parliament having a meal and maybe a meeting.
    we have always gotten terrific meals there.
    not to minimize what tom says as the places he mentioned are terrific...especially zeerovers!

    a terrific chinese place imo is Hung Paradise located at Seaport Mkt place..directly across from the seaport casino entrance (downtown)
    try their tomato soup!

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    One more vote for B55. We went there last year and luckily no tour busses then. It really is in a beautiful location. You feel like you out the Arizona desert.We sat in the far back on the deck. We thought the food was good and it felt pretty local to us. Its worth the stop. We were the only out of towners there that day. Now I agree with Tom about Casa Vieja-very local. We fish out of Zeerovers with a friend of ours in Aruba. Beautiful sunsets there and very fresh food anda local joint. Sit at picinic tables where you might have to shoo away a couple flies while eating. A cool place when the the local fisherman come in with the days catch. You can watch the fish market worker as he cuts with a band saw the many species of fish and then filets them. Local songs playing on the juke box, bare feet where cold beers flow and not a martini to be found. We cant wait, we will be there 1st week in December.
    Sean and Susan

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