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Sometimes it's best to follow the locals—they'll lead you right to the source of some of the island's best cuisine. This dockside dive may appear to be just another fishermen's watering hole, but the authentic fare served from its window is some of the finest in town. Owner Eric Bisslick started this restaurant in the village of Savaneta over 30 years ago to sell his daily catch. The tradition continues with fresh seafood sold by weight, along with Aruban sides like pan bati (pancake), banana hasa (plantains), and plenty of fried fare. The scene is casual and you won't find a menu, since many portions are sold by weight. The dock is a perfect place to feel like a local and soak up the atmosphere, with fresh fish and a cold beer in prime view of the boats on the water.