We’ll be back on Guam in a few days!
There’s a lot to love about Guam, and the food there isn’t the least of it.
Here is a rundown of places that we loved, that we’ll make a point to visit again:
412 N. Marine Corp Drive
Meskla Dos menu
This place is right by K-Mart, so you know you’ll be in the area.
We got the tininu barbecue plate with three meats for $10; we got katni (beef short ribs), tasahos (smoked pork), and manok (chicken). Naturally, it came with red rice and finadene. It also came with a side of “finadene dinanche” (a thicker condiment made with peppers). Along with a Carlsberg (interesting Danish beer …. not sure how that fits in with the Chamorro theme, but that’s cool) and a soda, our total was under $15.
Apparently this place is known for its burgers, but our fiesta plate was absolutely perfect:
Bad photo; good food.
It’s open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day.
My cousin, who’s in the Navy and stationed on Guam as I write this, tells me they have burgers served in-between two grilled cheese sandwiches. (!)
The prices are excellent, though a $1 “service charge” was slipped onto my bill.
Lorwill’s BBQ Stand
28 Marine Corps Drive
Our boonie stomp guide took us here, and we drove by it a couple of times as we puttered around the island. I don’t remember what I had, but I think it was some part of the pig humans weren’t intended to eat. But it was pretty darn good.
What it lacks in décor it makes up for in the food.
I couldn’t find a menu online (but I did find a troubling news item from 2010 about this place being shut down because of a “roach infestation”). I’m gonna try not to let that bother me too much. I don’t know how you can keep a kitchen bug-free in a climate like Guam’s unless you’re using a lot of pesticides. I hate to say it, but the occasional roach is less scary to me than a vat of poison poured over ever kitchen surface.
Aji-Ichi Japanese Restaurant
Marine Corps Drive
I was surprised at the lack of sushi I found on Guam. I thought an island in the Pacific would be sushi central. This isn’t the case. And to add insult to sushi scarcity, the one place we kept trying to go to, Rotary Sushi, was always closed. So I was glad to find Aji Ichi:
First of all, this place apparently has three locations on Guam. I’m not sure if I have the address correct above, because one of the other locations may also be on Marine Corps Drive. I think this place was next door to Infusion, the coffee shop we visited a few times.
The sushi knocked me out. It was good, and it was cheap.
The Yelp reviews keep mentioning ramen and bento. I can’t vouch for that (though I’ll be sure to try it when I’m there), but my sashimi sampler was fantastic.