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    Where to eat and other questions

    So far we are planning to eat at Flying Fishbone, West Deck and Zeerovers, we have been to Fly Fishbone before so we know what to expect there, it appears West Deck will be on our to do list (based on TA reviews) and Zeerovers is definitely on our list looking at the pictures of the shrimp makes me wish we were there already. Are there any other must go to restaurants? In the past we enjoyed Madame J's, Sunset Grille and Faro Blanco(?)

    I was talking with my wife earlier today and we were wondering, what would be considered in your opinion an Aruban national dish or a dish that one would consider that represents Aruban food best? I know I can get this info at various websites but I would prefer an opinion from people who are there regularly.

    thanks a bunch!
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    West Deck is a great choice.
    If you have ever been to Pinchos, it is a similar experience....a wonderful setting and delicious food.

    We prefer to eat in more casual places... a long day at the beach makes for us not really in the mood for fine or extended dining.

    A great local spot is the Fish House and their specialty is fried Red Snapper (Whole) and fish tacos.
    The snapper is a very popular local dish.

    Another great local spot is Cafe 080, Local Store both have terrific burgers and wing and dutch meals.

    Keshi Yena is a very popular local dish made with chicken, gouda cheese, raisins and other things.
    We always used to get it at Tulip restaurant ................which to the best of my knowledge is still closed (the website says temporary)

    Other popular local dishes are "dutch pancakes". Our favorite place for these delicious crepe like pancakes is Lindas on Palm Beach Rd.

    I will make a posting in the GENERAL with you inquiries about how "different" aruba is now than it was 10 + years ago.


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    So far we are planning to eat at Flying Fishbone, West Deck and Zeerovers, we have been to Fly Fishbone before so we know what to expect there, it appears West Deck will be on our to do list (based on TA reviews) and Zeerovers is definitely on our list looking at the pictures of the shrimp makes me wish we were there already. Are there any other must go to restaurants? In the past we enjoyed Madame J's, Sunset Grille and Faro Blanco(?)

    I was talking with my wife earlier today and we were wondering, what would be considered in your opinion an Aruban national dish or a dish that one would consider that represents Aruban food best? I know I can get this info at various websites but I would prefer an opinion from people who are there regularly.

    thanks a bunch!
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    We have so many “must go” restaurants that we never have enough days! Andrea gives some good suggestions and I totally agree about the Kesha Yana. It seems like every place does it slightly different but it’s always delicious.

    The restaurants we have been going back to over our last couple of trips:

    Ike’s Bistro and the Chophouse at Manchebo. Ike’s is especially good for shrimp dishes and chocolate desserts. Chophouse for their filet mignon
    Casa Nonna at the Ritz. My favorite dish is the agnolotti and the service is topnotch. They have a nice wine list and the atmosphere is very relaxing especially with the live music.
    Local Store for when you just want wings and loaded potato fries!

    When downtown we head to Lucy’s for coconut shrimp and nachos. Great people watching!! Yemanja for steaks along with a snickertini for dessert.

    I really could name many other spots. It’s difficult to narrow down.

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    If you are going to stop by West Deck, try the Keshi Yena there. It's our favorite and they also have great drinks and the view is spectacular. I second Cafe 080 for Dutch food and Local Store for wings and burgers. We like Casa Tua for pizza and Tandoor for Indian food.

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    Thanks for all the great info! We will definitely check out a few of the places mentioned.
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    Ok my 2cents - I you make to the END you get a PRIZE:
    FIRST these are just my opinions, and things change... love to hear your xp here or other places to try...

    - Gaucho is out, was a go to, but gone downhill... shame I count this as one of best steak houses ever been to, but that was past... don't bother
    - FlyFish... not worth the trip for me... maybe if you have a new girlfriend and want to impress her in the water table... ok
    - Zeerover a must do... just don't tell your partner to bother washing her hair or getting dressed up... very very casual and a hoot
    - Pinchos (same owners as West Deck) is my favorite on island, get there 30min early sit at bar, ask Jabin for corner table when make res..
    - Anna Maries - very nice, $$$ but want a nice dress up intimate Italian great place
    - Pelican Nest - also on my must do list, casual, in your swimsuit is fine ... get the Platter, and 4pm happy hour $5 margs are great
    - Boca Prins - in park, I heard closed during covid... but if you drive thru park be sure to stop here for a beer and fish sandwhich, one of kind place
    - BLT - not good for me $$$ and just not great...
    - Azuro - another go to if staying near by, ask for table on the glass, nice Italian with a view
    - Fargo - Lighthouse - no, no, no, get a drink and run... canned ChefBrdee from a microwave, such a shame... awesome view, but dont' do it
    - Carlitos - boardwalk at Pelican... nice sports bar on the beach for a beer... maybe some wings...
    - MadamJ's - a crowd favorite... had one great and one not so great meal... but I would go again
    - Driftwood - downtown... been a few years but couple times been, great drinks, seafood, old school seafood place...
    - Scotts - boardwalk by DD - bfast sandwhichs, brats, build your own bloody mary ... great bfast on the boardwalk spot
    - Marriott bars - best on the beach... top drinks, great service, happy hour is way to go, not cheap but great drinks... MaiTai is my go to here
    - Bugaloo - go to afternoon/night place, love to dance and here is where I go, beer is fine, rest is only ok... but awesome atmosphere, tell Stefi Bigcat said hi
    - Donut Boat Bar - o yea... go to Octopus.com - private island bar - its a floating private boat/bar for you... awesome afternoon... chk it out
    - Tango - not been, heard good things, going to try it out next trip in July
    - Giannis - a go to place at least once, flaming spaghettis is a must try - a bit busy and touristy but a good place at least once
    - Iguana Cantina - another no NO no NO !!! tourist trap - was in mood for mexican - got cold nasty food, water down drinks, the cadilac super top shelf marg was water down sweet nothing...
    - Freds - was Fools and Bull (owners sold, moved, Freds is one owner new place) - very cool - again a must do at least once --- nothing like it...
    - Solanio - Ritz Italian - famous chain - very very nice dinner here - one of our best... MUCH better than the BLT for us
    - Ruths Chris - yea its a Ruth Chris... what you expect nice - we sit at Bar and share the stuffed Ckn night before home, if staying at Stellaris.. always good
    - LaVista - Stellaris - best Bfast on the Island for us, over and over... $$ but the best I've seen big buffet...
    - downtown places the lizard and monkey bars... all tourist traps, have fun but don't expect much... just drink and have fun... nothing more to stay, tshirts are the best thing about most of these
    - Buccaneer - no - been once and neat place with aquariums kids dig it, but food just ok, not bad but nothing to remember - maybe better, give it try if have kids...


    -And you prize for wasting time reading my opinion is the BEST MaiTai recipe EVERY... I was born in Hawaii makes me expert:

    2oz Barcardi Gold Rum
    1 oz Cointreau
    1 oz Dissarono --- this is the secret!!!
    3-4 oz Pine/org juice
    splash of cherry juice
    Shake pour
    float 1/2 oz of dark rum on top --- my wife prefer this mixed in ...

    TRUST ME... this is the BEST !!! I make by the 1/2 gallon and put in my small gas can
    when we go to beach... awesome to pour out of the weedeater gas can right to the girls
    cups... a huge hit.
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    Buccaneer has been closed since Covid shut down.
    No timeline of when/if it will reopen.
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    Solanio at the Ritz has been closed for a couple of years. The Italian restaurant at the Ritz now is Casa Nonna and it is wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vesposit View Post
    Ok my 2cents - I you make to the END you get a PRIZE:
    FIRST these are just my opinions, and things change... love to hear your xp here or other places to try...

    - Gaucho is out, was a go to, but gone downhill... shame I count this as one of best steak houses ever been to, but that was past... don't bother
    - FlyFish... not worth the trip for me... maybe if you have a new girlfriend and want to impress her in the water table... ok
    - Zeerover a must do... just don't tell your partner to bother washing her hair or getting dressed up... very very casual and a hoot
    - Pinchos (same owners as West Deck) is my favorite on island, get there 30min early sit at bar, ask Jabin for corner table when make res..
    - Anna Maries - very nice, $$$ but want a nice dress up intimate Italian great place
    - Pelican Nest - also on my must do list, casual, in your swimsuit is fine ... get the Platter, and 4pm happy hour $5 margs are great
    - Boca Prins - in park, I heard closed during covid... but if you drive thru park be sure to stop here for a beer and fish sandwhich, one of kind place
    - BLT - not good for me $$$ and just not great...
    - Azuro - another go to if staying near by, ask for table on the glass, nice Italian with a view
    - Fargo - Lighthouse - no, no, no, get a drink and run... canned ChefBrdee from a microwave, such a shame... awesome view, but dont' do it
    - Carlitos - boardwalk at Pelican... nice sports bar on the beach for a beer... maybe some wings...
    - MadamJ's - a crowd favorite... had one great and one not so great meal... but I would go again
    - Driftwood - downtown... been a few years but couple times been, great drinks, seafood, old school seafood place...
    - Scotts - boardwalk by DD - bfast sandwhichs, brats, build your own bloody mary ... great bfast on the boardwalk spot
    - Marriott bars - best on the beach... top drinks, great service, happy hour is way to go, not cheap but great drinks... MaiTai is my go to here
    - Bugaloo - go to afternoon/night place, love to dance and here is where I go, beer is fine, rest is only ok... but awesome atmosphere, tell Stefi Bigcat said hi
    - Donut Boat Bar - o yea... go to Octopus.com - private island bar - its a floating private boat/bar for you... awesome afternoon... chk it out
    - Tango - not been, heard good things, going to try it out next trip in July
    - Giannis - a go to place at least once, flaming spaghettis is a must try - a bit busy and touristy but a good place at least once
    - Iguana Cantina - another no NO no NO !!! tourist trap - was in mood for mexican - got cold nasty food, water down drinks, the cadilac super top shelf marg was water down sweet nothing...
    - Freds - was Fools and Bull (owners sold, moved, Freds is one owner new place) - very cool - again a must do at least once --- nothing like it...
    - Solanio - Ritz Italian - famous chain - very very nice dinner here - one of our best... MUCH better than the BLT for us
    - Ruths Chris - yea its a Ruth Chris... what you expect nice - we sit at Bar and share the stuffed Ckn night before home, if staying at Stellaris.. always good
    - LaVista - Stellaris - best Bfast on the Island for us, over and over... $$ but the best I've seen big buffet...
    - downtown places the lizard and monkey bars... all tourist traps, have fun but don't expect much... just drink and have fun... nothing more to stay, tshirts are the best thing about most of these
    - Buccaneer - no - been once and neat place with aquariums kids dig it, but food just ok, not bad but nothing to remember - maybe better, give it try if have kids...


    -And you prize for wasting time reading my opinion is the BEST MaiTai recipe EVERY... I was born in Hawaii makes me expert:

    2oz Barcardi Gold Rum
    1 oz Cointreau
    1 oz Dissarono --- this is the secret!!!
    3-4 oz Pine/org juice
    splash of cherry juice
    Shake pour
    float 1/2 oz of dark rum on top --- my wife prefer this mixed in ...

    TRUST ME... this is the BEST !!! I make by the 1/2 gallon and put in my small gas can
    when we go to beach... awesome to pour out of the weedeater gas can right to the girls
    cups... a huge hit.
    Dunno if I agree with all of your opinions.... but absolutely love the style... great synopsis!
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men!
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