To be the hottest kitchen table of Aruba - a comfortable place where friends gather regularly for exceptional everyday food, drinks and talks - requires a dynamic culinary team, a very central location, the freshest ingredients and a wood fired grill. This is not just a kitchen, it's The Kitchen with The Prices everyone wants to pay. Late lunch or early dinner are not only being served for take out. Guests can pull up a chair and cool off with a couple of refreshing drinks before ordering a la carte, or browsing the multiple serving stations. From grilled beef and seafood to roasted chicken accompanied by any fresh salad, pasta or latin inspired side dish, this kitchen is definitely worth a closer look.
Recommended for Take Out because: The Kitchen is a unique concept in Aruba, offering a large and varied menu at an attractive price per kilo.
Liliana's expert tip: The Kitchen has indoor and outdoor seating.
Pizza Pazza, Hostaria Da' Vittorio's popular little brother, is staying at home in this traditional Italian family's nest, located across from the Brickell Bay Hotel. It's no surprise at all, this sweet and comfy pizzeria is nicknamed Crazy Pizza. These hot-from-the-wood-oven pizza slices are insanely cheap and as good as they can get, just like Pizza Pazza's fresh and frothy fruit smoothies - a great remedy to beat Aruba's heat! Or, to catch up on those missing vitamins. To fully restore the vacation-drained body, add some sugar and spice! Pizza Pazza gives away a free Bombolini with every pizza-plus-smoothy/soft drink purchase. Find out what this special Italian treat is all about, and discover one of Aruba's pi� bello pizza spots.
Recommended for Take Out because: Pizza Pazza serves perfectly wood-fired pizza per slice and healthy, delicious fruit shakes at all-you-can-eat/take-away prices.
Liliana's expert tip: Monday Madness Pizza Special from 6pm to 9 pm with one Dollar ($1) slice cheese or pepperoni pizza.
Bread Boutique is a charming little lunchroom in Oranjestad, tucked away in the Sun Plaza building across from Ling & Sons Super Center. A worthwhile visit for anyone who appreciates the waft of freshly baked bread and the richness of healthy and delightfully prepared specialties. The Dutch "Uitsmijter" is a great choice for a good, sturdy breakfast or lunch. Lighter options include fruit cups, real whole fruit smoothies, crisp salads or a hot cup of brewed coffee with a "Tosti" (grilled cheese sandwich). For bigger appetites, Bread Boutique serves Hot Sandwiches and a Soup Of The Day with baguette, wrap or salad. Eat here, pick up and go, or get your goodies delivered to your door.
Recommended for Take Out because: Bread Boutique prides itself on healthy, flavorful ingredients such as freshly baked bread, Dutch cheese, homemade soup and salads.
Liliana's expert tip: Check out Bread Boutique's website and Facebook page for the menu and daily specials.
El Mexicano food truck serves the finest Mexican bites, merging fresh ingredients, authentic Mexican flavors and family recipes to tame those late-night munchies. The tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, tortas - anything that can be stuffed or topped - are handcrafted with love. And many tantalizing possibilities like refried beans, jalapeños, hot salsas, crisp lettuce, cilantro, tomato, avocado and cheese. El Mexicano also grills up juicy, marinated steaks, ribs or chicken, all accompanied by a more than decent portion of natural cut fries and tossed green salad. Picky eaters have a variety of platters to choose from, including chicken wings, hamburgers or hot dogs. For weekend hangovers, there's nothing better than El Mexicano's hot Soup Of The Day.
Recommended for Take Out because: El Mexicano is one of Aruba's favorite food trucks, serving fresh, quality Mexican food at affordable prices, prepared in a clean, organized kitchen.
Liliana's expert tip: Every Thursday, it's Ceviche De Pescado Day! Try this South American fish delicacy for only US$7.50.
Zeerover means Sea Pirate, but for locals it's synonymous with ice cold beer and seafood at reasonable prices. With fresh off-the-boat fare, a laid-back atmosphere where you order from a window and take home or eat outside, this cozy seafood shack in the heart of fishing village Savaneta is a haven for fresh catches of the day. The baskets of fried fish and jumbo shrimps are paired with local side dishes such as "pan bati" (Aruban pancakes), "funchi" (hearty cornmeal cake or fritters) and "banana hasa" (fried plantain). Grab a table on the wooden deck, play a game of domino with new friends while waiting for your order or just purchase fresh fish to go, if you want your catch grilled or steamed at home. These pirates only dig into the deep-fried.
Recommended for Take Out because: Zeerover is not just for lunch, dinner or take out, it's a whole island experience.
Liliana's expert tip: Shrimp is cooked head on to peel and eat, but there's a sink, soap and towels right on the deck to wash your hands afterwards. Don't miss out on the fun!
The reason this small and cozy sushi spot tends to get overlooked by both tourists and locals, has probably to do with its location. Hidden away on one of L.G. Smith Boulevard's quiet back street corners, Tatami Sushi Bar keeps on pleasing its savvy (and seemingly tightlipped) customers with a welcoming menu. In a family-friendly ambiance, small and medium-sized parties can savor traditional Japanese specialties like Tempura, Teriyaki, Sashimi and an exciting selection of the ever-popular sushi rolls. By blending in local flavors, Tatami raises the bar with an innovative menu that features fun creations with mango, tamarind, hot papaya sauce and avocado.
Recommended for Take Out because: Tatami Sushi Bar offers an enticing menu that includes typical Japanese and non-traditional delicacies.
Liliana's expert tip: Ask for Tatami's Kitchen Specials for Ramen dishes or one of Chef Piero's preparations.
With upscale sandwiches like the Homemade Sirloin Burger, the Spicy Garlic Shrimp or the lighter, but not less flavorful Caprese Sandwich, No Limit Kitchen sets a new standard for Aruba's traditional take out scene. Executive chef and young entrepreneur Ludwig Samson knows how to hit the culinary note. Classic favorites like Grilled Conch, Steaks and Chicken Wings are revamped with succulent glazes, aioli drizzles, fresh garden salads and cleverly prepared sides. To break all boundaries, No Limit Kitchen tops off its premium sandwiches, platters and daily specials with crowd-pleasing prices. Their weekly Eat Fit & Feel Great Meal Plan is another essential addition to the island's take out fare.
Recommended for Take Out because: No Limit Kitchen is Aruba's only gourmet food take out that offers eclectic dishes at affordable prices.
Liliana's expert tip: Create your own pasta dish with No Limit Kitchen's Pasta Express.
This spot serves elegant Chinese cuisine at affordable prices. The two red and black decorated dining rooms feature lacquered woods and lamps with paper shades. The chef is skilled at most Chinese cooking styles including Hunan, Szechwan, Cantonese and Shanghai. The house specialty is a seafood combination of fish, scallops, lobster and shrimp served in a Szechwan black bean sauce. Fried plantain, homemade fries and pickled Madame Jeanette peppers can be ordered to add a little Aruban flavor to any of the dishes. Apart from a soothing Chinese tea or delicious lychees, diners can also opt for local Quesillo or the weekend special. Kowloon offers a surprisingly varied menu and the convenience to order online: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommended for Take Out because: Kowloon has been The Chinese Restaurant in Aruba for more than 35 years, and no matter where people come from, everyone loves Kowloon.
Liliana's expert tip: Share a popular "rijsttafel" (rice table) with your party, all the menu choices are delicious.
In a small, yet smart space in the busy Oranjestad neighborhood, chef and owner Jose Do Nascimento returns to his Portuguese roots and serves up a fresh and flavorful menu. Gostoso, which translates to "palatable" in Portuguese, gives meaning to its name by offering a variety of local seafood, and Aruban, Portuguese and International dishes, passionately crafted to indulge the most discriminating foodies. House specialties such as the Criollo Sushi Roll for two with plantain, crab and a spicy home-made sauce; the most tender Lenga Stoba (Beef Tongue) ever; and Portuguese style Bacalhau (salted codfish) keeps this establishment on the radar of those with adventurous palates. Venture into dessert territory and meet the Quesillo di Coco (coconut flan) or stick to the ever-satisfying chocolate cake.
Recommended for Take Out because: Gostoso maintains its well deserved reputation by keeping the quality of their food high and their service excellent.
Liliana's expert tip: The three course Delight Lunch Special is only US$23 per person and worth a taxi drive, or a walk through Oranjestad.
This family-owned beach bar and grill is situated on one of the gorgeous beaches along the L.G. Smith Boulevard, called Governor's Bay – the Governor's house is right across the street. Being part of Aruba's buzzing Linear Park, The West Deck embraces the calming views of the ocean where cruise ships and yachts sail by, airplanes descend for landing and fishing boats anchor in clear blue water.Whether the sun is reaching its highest point at noon or disappearing gloriously below the horizon, it shouldn't be celebrated without a refreshing Beer-Rita, Mojito or an ice cold Chill (locally brewed light beer) out of the bucket. Try favorite small plates like Conch Fritters and Island Coconut Shrimps. Whatever the plan is; sharing plates or choosing your own entrees, having drinks or only dessert, lunch or dinner; The West Deck is the perfect place to find what island life is about.
Recommended for Take Out because: The West Deck offers spectacular ocean views, island vibes, flavors, friendliness and prices, on a cozy wooden deck overlooking Oranjestad's beaches, bays and parks.
Liliana's expert tip: Ask for The West Deck's take out menu with local specials at local prices.