Barney’s boasts having the best ribs in Aruba. My friend who lives on the island said it is very good, so I had to try it. So along the way down the menu I see they have a BBQ platter. You got to love this because now you can taste all their best BBQ items all on one plate.
The ribs are very good, and I’ve only had ribs in one other place in Aruba (Smokey’s Joes), and while they were two very different types of ribs, these were definitely better. In fact, they are some of the best ribs I’ve ever had. The chicken wings were also very good, but the chorizo were peppery but not spicy. All the heat came from a lot of pepper it seemed and the overall taste was lacking. The BBQ pork was to tough to even chew, and in fact, we each had a slice and it was the only thing left on the plate nearly whole. The beans were delicious and they had shredded smoked meat mixed in so it was almost like a very sweet version of chili.
The burgers were good (so I heard). My wife got hers with grilled chicken on it. I’ve seen some things in my time but never a burger topped with chicken, but she tells me that is how they have it in Venezuela, and we are just miles from the coast of Venezuela.
Another winner was the “Going Dutch” which is skewers of chicken marinated in their special house sauce. The cole slaw was a bit too creamy for my taste, but it was good. I like more of the acidity bite you get from a New York deli.
They have an extensive cocktail menu, all the usual suspects, but many of them have sweet and sour mix which you know from reading this site is a solid line in the sand we don’t cross. Even my wife knows this so she got the “Sex @ Barney’s” which I guess is supposed to be a version of Sex on the Beach but this one had classier ingredients like Chambord, vodka, peach liquor, cranberry, pineapple and orange juice. Take a look at the photo, does it look like all of that is in here? I know the lighting is poor but way too many juices to appear this clear. I did taste the peach and chalkboard, but it was not a balanced cocktail, and I honestly did not expect it to be for $8 US.
They have a few beers on tap but just the usual Heineken, etc, The Bon Bini did taste “hoppy” but if this is the best Aruba has to offer from beers brewed on their island I will stick with Balashi.
Your best bet is to stick to the beer, burgers and barbecue at this place. While they did have a few fresh fish specials, I did not try them, so it is best to stick to the basics they are known for.