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Jaanchie's Restaurant, Westpunt, Curaçao

15 Westpunt Road
Tel: 599 9 864 0126's insider take:

If your Curaçao ramblings take you anywhere near the west end, stop in at this family-style lunch spot. Open since 1936, it is now run by the third generation of the Christiaan family, brothers Jaan and Johan. The decor may be haphazard—a mural of a Spanish galleon, a small tropical-fish aquarium, bird feeders piled with sugar to attract colorful bananaquits and troupials—but the food is down-home solid. Fried-seafood dishes such as grouper, mahi mahi, wahoo, or conch are off-the-boat fresh. Or try the iguana soup—tender, slightly stringy chunks of lizard that taste, yes, like chicken. On weekends the place is packed with folks from Willemstad; a mariachi band performs on Sunday afternoons.

Open daily from 11:30 am to 8 pm.

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