Part of the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba sits just off the coast of Venezuela and like many of the other Caribbean Islands, is a haven for those seeking sun. However, can an island of this size still cater for a Gluten Free diet? Thankfully others have found places to go so find their suggestions here.
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Linda's Dutch Pancakes and Pizza
Noord, Palm Beach View On Map
I went for dinner at Linda's Dutch Pancakes and Pizza on my second night in Aruba. The restaurant was about a 15-minute walk from the high-rise hotel area in Aruba.
When I arrived, I immediately asked the waitress for a gluten-free menu and she eagerly pointed out everything I could eat. The menu was clearly labeled with gluten-free items. I also mentioned that I had read about their gluten-free menu online so she said she would send out Stefan, the manager. Immediately I felt comfortable eating at Linda's. Whether at home or abroad, this personal connection with the staff makes this gluten-free customer feel at ease.
Stefan, the manager at Linda's, was great. He told me that his mother Linda had to eat gluten-free. Linda started serving gluten-free a couple of years ago when she realized that more and more customers were asking for traditional Dutch pancakes to be made gluten-free. After adding the gluten-free pancakes to the menu, they added gluten-free pizza as well. Stefan orders his gluten-free flour directly from Amazon.com since they are one of the only websites that will ship to Aruba.
For my first dinner at Linda's, I decided on a traditional Dutch pancake since I never had one before. There were so many toppings to choose from but I chose ham and Gouda cheese, a traditional Dutch cheese. The pancake came out and it was HUGE. I was starving and determined to eat the whole thing.
Linda's Dutch Pancakes and Pizza is open 8am to 10pm every day except Sundays when they are closed. The restaurant was not crowded on either of my visits, but they do take reservations. If you are going to Aruba during the busy season, it might be worthwhile to call ahead. Thank you to the staff at Linda's Dutch Pancakes and Pizza for providing me with safe, gluten-free food in your beautiful country!