Guam Diner Bytes: Green Lizard Tiki Bar & Grill Pleasure Island
Of the many places to visit along San Vitores Road in Tumon, one of the most intriguing and colorful has to be the Green Lizard Tiki Bar & Grill, or just “Green Lizard” for short! This is a brainchild of SlingShot entrepreneur Peter Wahl (Pedro) who thought it was a good idea to expand on his existing business with another destination.
I’ve been meaning to stop by the Green Lizard and eat after they’d introduced their menu several months ago. I actually wonder if Pedro is part Chinese as he seems to be always adding on to the Green Lizard. Since opening he’s added a 2nd floor and most recently a swimming pool (3 ft deep by about 20 ft long). I wonder if Lizzy the Hilitai (iguana, monitor lizard and namesake for the Green Lizard) has returned since his earlier visits during the bar’s construction. I’d bet Lizzy would be amazed by the second floor as well as the pool!
The Green Lizard is one of the more colorful places you’ll visit in Tumon and to accompany their very large and impressive selection of beers, tropical drinks and distilled spirits, they’ve organized a menu of appetizers and entrees, which is something I needed to try out while having a few beers. Among the Snackin’ Lizard Menu items are the Lizard Wings ($8), which we tried. I wanted them extra crispy and that’s what we got. There were only 6 pieces and they had a sauce on them that reminded me of the mild sauce at Pochon chicken.
Other snackin’ items include beer battered onion rings, mini pizza, spicy meatballs, mozzarella sticks, beef nachos, chicken kelaguen, and the Greek salad. This last item is in keeping with Green Lizard’s having that awesome kitchen visual called the Shawarma Grill, which features a large chunk of meat rotating on a spit with radiant heating elements along the back.
Of course, we had to have the Shawarma - 12” Wrap ($12), which had tender roasted chicken wrapped in flat bread with lettuce and a special sauce. This comes with a serving of wedges (home fries). I actually prefer the lamb Shawarma over chicken or beef. This one wasn’t bad though, and Mark (my co-worker) shared it.
We also shared the Boonie Burger ($12), which has a king size bun with 100% beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, sweet red onion and 1000 island sauce served with a side of wedges. This burger looked rather intimidating, however, once cut, it was eaten fairly quickly. I wasn’t supposed to eat bread so I minimized by bun consumption.
The meat has an interesting flavor and seasoning which I couldn’t quickly identify. The texture of the meat was soft, almost smashed. One thing I think could have improved the overall burger experience is having the buns grilled or toasted. Now that I’ve been there and had some beers and a bit of food, I will definitely return sometime to eat a few other items. I am keen to try the fish & chips! Green Lizard is open from noon to 2 a.m, and is probably a great place to pull yourself together after shooting through the sky in the Sling Shot!