Guam may be a far-flung island in the middle of the Pacific but since it is a US territory, it is pretty much the United States dressed in an islander’s outfit. If you are visiting for the first time, you might just be surprised that the major food joints are all American. Eating and drinking in Guam is not much of a stretch.
The leading Guam restaurants are Lonestar Steakhouse on Marine Corps Drive in Tumon, Outback Steakhouse also in Tumon across the Westin Hotel, Hard Rock Café at the Plaza Arcade in Tumon, TGI Friday’s, one in Tumon and one in Hagatña near the Hagatña Marina, and Planet Hollywood. There are hundreds of American soldiers stationed in the country and they need to have their fill.
Guam is a mixture of cultures, a melting pot of the East and West. It was under European influence for three centuries when Spain ruled over it, is now a US territory, is located in the Pacific, and is very close to Asia so there are so many migrants from Korea, China, and the Philippines, as well as hordes of Japanese tourists. You can see this mixture in what people are eating around Guam.
Other than the leading American food places, there are Caliente Taquera serving Mexican food, House Chin Fe serving Chinese food, Thai Kitchen and Jamaican Grill. There are also tons of grills and barbecue spots along the major beaches.
However, if you really plan to experience Guam’s local culture and eat what Guamanians are eating, go to Chamorro Village in Hagatña on a Wednesday night and get a cultural does of the Wednesday Night Market. Be delighted to see a row of food stalls and kiosks selling all kinds of stuff, some of which you may not have heard of before in your entire life. Walk through the stalls and try the Chicken Chalakiles, Latija, and Lechon Kawali. If you would rather eat something you can pronounce, there are plenty of barbecues, freshly-picked fruits and ice cream along the way. But whatever you choose to try, make sure to pay quickly and run to the bleachers to catch the evening entertainment with live band performances and Taihitian dancers. Eating local-style at the Wednesday Night Market is quite a cultural experience that is hard to forget.
For those who wish to drink, there are a number of bars and liquor stores all over Guam. The best bars are Jeff’s Pirates Cove in Talofofo, House of Brutus in Tamuning, Fusion Tavern in Tumon, and Chamorro Island Bar BQ in Hagatña. However, the most talked about drinking and partying are those that happen at nights at Ypao Beach Park. This is a popular hang-out area for people wanting to party all night and get drunk. The beach is also referred to as Joseph Flores Beach Park.
Guamanians and the native Chamorro people love to party. Festivals, fiestas, carnivals, street-dancing and feasting all play an important role in the local culture. Eating and drinking in Guam is not just something fun to do, but something that cannot be avoided.