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Restaurants in Aruba???

CityFoodNY Sep 5, 2007 06:13 PM

I'm going on vacation to Aruba next month, will be in the Palm Beach area at the Hyatt. Anyone have restaurant recommendations?

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  1. phelana RE: CityFoodNY Sep 6, 2007 04:25 AM

    Madame Janette's
    Que Pasa
    Black Hog Tavern for BBQ and park for the kids
    Jamaican Me Crazy
    King Rib (local BBQ)
    Cuba's Cooking for music and Mojitos

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    1. re: phelana
      wittlejosh RE: phelana Sep 6, 2007 04:55 AM

      We thought Jamaican Me Crazy was pretty bad when we went in July. They were out of just about everything, and it felt a bit sketchy. I think I ended up with some kind of Jerk Pork that was unpleasantly lean and chewy. Nice sauce, though.

      We had an excellent meal at Le Dôme. Perfect wine service, grade-A French food. On the other hand, it was fairly expensive. And, you know, you can get really good French food in NYC. But it's the sort of place I would have gone to again even if it WERE in NYC. Your call.

      Along similar lines, Aruban resorts have access to really good South American (especially Argentinian) beef. The 24-ounce Dry-Aged Rib-Eye at Pago Pago (in the Westin) is one of the best steaks I've had in a while. At the urgings of a couple we met at the hotel, we also went to Texas de Brazil, a churrascaria downtown, and the meat quality was very, very good. But it's a churrascaria...


      All in all, I found that Aruba wasn't a huge foodie destination. Except for Le Dôme, it's more about quality ingredients than nuanced handling. But within those constraints, we ate rather well.

      Have fun!

      1. re: wittlejosh
        Linda VH RE: wittlejosh Sep 6, 2007 06:55 AM

        Check out www.visitaruba.com and www.aruba-bb.com for restaurant reviews. Some of my favorites (we've been going for 11 years for 3 weeks each year and eat out every night) are Chalet Suisse, Mirandi (go at sunset), Azurro at Playa Linda (also a good sunset place), Texas de Brazil, El Gaucho (don't go late or you'll regret it - go around 6:30 and then go across the street to El Garufa for an after dinner drink/dessert/coffee or whatever and some good jazz). We don't go to Le Dome for various reasons. Papiamento (leisurely meal but good), etc. etc. As I mentioned, you'll see reviews and discussions on those two websites.

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      sheron RE: CityFoodNY Sep 20, 2007 10:41 AM

      We really enjoyed the Flying Fishbone. The food is good and the setting right on the beach can't be beat. You can actually get a table with the water lapping at your feet.

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        bloomer RE: sheron Oct 31, 2007 03:08 AM

        texas de brazil
        flying fishbone
        aruba destiny (off the beaten path)
        cuba's cookin (lunch)
        linda's pancakes (giant dutch pancakes-more like crepes)

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          phelana RE: bloomer Nov 2, 2007 04:34 AM

          Bloomer, where is /what is Aruba Destiny and where is Linda's? We sometimes go to Aruba for the weekend so it will be good to know

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