Colombian Food in Aruba (Dec 2013)

There are several good Colombian restaurants in Aruba, including Casa Vieja, which is located inland from the Airport. I reviewed this place several times and also made a video showing you how to get there. Check in the Aruba Driving Directions section and you’ll find it. I like to stop at Casa Vieja about once a month when I’m on the island, maybe a little more often if friends are visiting. Of course, the legendary platter is the Bandeja Paisa. Yesterday, I enjoyed this meal to the maximum as it arrived perfectly cooked, exactly the way we LOVE it. Here’s the photo:

Bandeja Paisa platter at Casa Vieja, Aruba, December 2013.

Bandeja Paisa platter at Casa Vieja, Aruba, December 2013.

That photo shows the platter in full glory. (Yes, I ate it all, except for the avocado, which was scarfed by someone who likes it more than me.) For those faint of heart diners or others looking for something less… uh… dense, try the pescado filet that you see in the next photo:

Pescado filete at Casa Vieja, Aruba, December 2013.

Pescado filete at Casa Vieja, Aruba, December 2013.

The fish platter above is “con todo” meaning with fries, rice, and a small salad. Get it that way and you’ll be good to go for quite a while. Prices at Casa Vieja are very reasonable, including the beverages. Put this place on your local stops when visiting Aruba. See you there.

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Ché Bar, Aruba

Ché Bar is a little joint wedged into the outside corner of the Paseo Hernecia Mall. Just follow the paved sidewalk around the mall toward the Marriott complex and you’ll come to it. Here’s a view to help:

Ché Bar at the Paseo Herencia Mall, Aruba, November 2013

Ché Bar at the Paseo Herencia Mall, Aruba, November 2013

As you can see, there’s room at the bar to have a seat, or you can take one of the tables not shown here. The menu is mostly grilled meats in the Argentinian style. Here’s a look at the platter for 2, which is plenty of food for 2 people, maybe 3.

Ché Bar platter for two.

Ché Bar platter for two.

You have a selection of short rib, steak, chicken, and sausage there as well as one small salad and the french fries, which are particularly flavorful. The little dish of chimichurri sauce does wonders to bring up the flavors. You can also buy that separately at the bar to take home:

Ché Bar chimichurri sauce for take away.

Ché Bar chimichurri sauce for take away.

And finally, here’s a look at the menu, showing you the options as prices as of this writing, November 2013:

Ché Bar, Aruba, menu as of November 2013.

Ché Bar, Aruba, menu as of November 2013.

There you have it. If you’re looking for some grilled meat and a relaxing outdoor dining experience, this may be the place for you. They also sell a special Argentinian beer that adds to the experience. Try it all!

Dushi Bagels and More! video

Dushi Bagels and Burgers & Burgers share the same operation in front of the Playa Linda along Aruba’s high-rise hotel area. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they offer you plenty of options, from a sesame bagel with cream cheese to a bacon cheeseburger to a chicken dinner. Here’s the video with plenty of details.

Those prices are very reasonable, which means you won’t break the bank when munching on your favorites. Dushi Bagels and Burgers & Burgers are a great alternative for a casual meal so give them a try if you’re looking for something easy. Bon dia.

Cactus Jack’s, Aruba

Cactus Jack’s is a fun restaurant that just opened in “The Village,” a new commercial development in the high-rise hotel area of Aruba. I decided to give this place a try because I had a hankering for rotisserie chicken. Here’s what it said on the menu.

balashi_menuI didn’t hesitate and promptly ordered up the above mentioned item. However, first I started with the shrimp as an appetizer and here’s what arrived at the table.

cactusjacks_shrimpReaders of this blog know that I’m not a beer drinker, so that Amstel Bright is the possession of my wife. Anyway, the rotisserie chicken came a short while later. I was not disappointed as you can see from the following photo.

cactusjacks_chickenThat’s plenty of food, almost enough for two people. And it was excellent. Cooked thoroughly but still juicy on the inside, exactly the way I like it. If you’re staying in the high-rise area from the Holiday Inn down to the Westin, you can easily walk to this joint and any others in its vicinity. For a quick, casual, reasonably priced meal, Cactus Jack’s should be on the list.

Bon dia from Aruba.