Guam Diner Bytes: Eat Street Grill The Plaza, Suite 101 Pleasure Island
The sign above this bustling establishment tells the story - “Eat Street Grill - Breakfast - Burgers - BBQ - Beer”. There’s no mystery here - you know what you are going to get! Brand new and open for just a month, Eat Street Grill has been a year in development and is making an impact with its audacious Gourmet “Steak” Burgers, succulent Barbecue Ribs, and craft beers on tap. That’s just part of the story. They also serve breakfast and have some amazing Eggs Benedict, Stuffed French Toast, and more. Plus they have a secret weapon you have to taste to believe - a Bacon Cured Pork Belly with an incomparable flavor!
We were invited to come out and try some of the great eats at Eat Street Grill by that foodie entrepreneur Darren Talai, President of International Dining Concepts, who operate California Pizza Kitchen, the adjacent Beachin’ Shrimp, and Hot Diggety Dog, which I learned they’d acquired when they closed the South Seas Coffee Co. for the build-out for Eat Street. What a brilliant strategic placement! As they say, “location, location, location”, which is what Eat Street Grill has in spades! Beachin’ Shrimp is doing well, as is Hot Diggety Dog, however the potential for Eat Street is fantastic! The other notable thing is how this area has utilized the sidewalk to extend seating capacity. Eating outside on Tumon’s popular San Vitores “boardwalk” has never been better.
Eat Street’s Menu is well-designed with eye-popping food shots that look so good you could lick the paper! They are colorful, broken down in sections, and even translated into Japanese and Korean. These are Tumon prices, so expect to pay a little more. However, you should know that you are getting your money’s worth since there is nothing regular on this menu! We skipped the burgers for this review. We ordered two appetizers, the Smoked Salmon Roll ($15.99), which has fresh avocado, housemade smoked salmon, and cheese wrapped in a crispy wonton roll. This is also served with ranch dressing. We also tried the Bacon Cured Pork Belly ($7.99), which has triple cut bacon that’s perfectly grilled and served with their zesty barbecue sauce. While the Salmon Rolls are both tasty and plentiful, they are eclipsed by this awesome strip of pork belly...which you just want to slice and just put in your mouth and suck on the flavor! It’s that good! It can be added to your burgers and will be available for breakfast. I should also mention that we were totally impressed with our server, Jadene, who is one of those special shining stars of hospitality! They are fortunate to have her on their team!
Another entree we ordered was Taco Rice ($11.99), which is described as handcrafted chili on rice, topped with lettuce, tomato, red onions, and cheddar cheese. We had had this in Sapporo, Japan and have been craving it ever since. None of our favorite Japanese restaurants don’t have this Okinawa-originated dish, so it was a huge thrill to see it on their menu. It had all the flavors we remembered, though more rice than we usually eat. Imagine eating your favorite taco, just without the shell and over a bed of rice.
We also ordered a BBQ Combo ($22.99), which paired American BBQ Sauce basted Baby Back Ribs with golden deep fried succulent shrimp. Other sauces available for your rib selection are Boga Boga Asian Fusion and Espresso BBQ (Malaysian-inspired). Eat Street’s BBQ and Burgers are served with an awesome housemade Kim Chee and a choice of beer-battered fries, sweet potato fries, or onion rings. We opted for the sweet potato fries. The ribs were meaty and tender, and the sauce satisfied my craving for a rich and savory American sauce.
The final entree we tried was something we’d also been seeking and that was the Loco Moco ($13.99), which is an Eat Street House Specialty. (Jadene had been telling us she’d been craving it for later when she’s off and we even offered to share ours!) For their Loco Moco they use their hand-crafted gourmet burger patties that is made with cuts of prime and choice grades of strip loin, ribeye, sirloin and tenderloin, with no additives! Put this bad boy on a bed of rice, smother it in a rich and savory Portabello mushroom and caramelized onion gravy, then lay a sunny side egg on top and there you have it - Loco Moco! We put a little Tabasco on this (they will soon be serving their finandene dinanche in a side dish). It’s already used on their GU Burger. This is a very satisfying Loco Moco and we certainly can recommend it.
Though we hadn’t intended to drink beer, we were persuaded by Restaurant Manager Chris Robang to give it a go. It was a new craft beer made on Guam. Called Minagof Green Tea IPA, it has a tropical fruit, melon and citrus flavor that’s mixed with American hops and Japanese sencha green tea. It also has a kick, at nearly 7% alcohol content. One of the things we also promised to try on a future visit is the Spicy Northern Thai Sausage Sandwich, which is akin to the Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich (usually on a baguette) - this one is on a hot dog bun, but it has ingredients galore (fresh peppers, herbs, ground pork and Thai spices). The sandwich is topped with pickled carrots, cucumbers, and fresh cilantro - then served with Siracha aioli! There you have it! It’s like eating on the Food Network!
Get on down to Eat Street Grill and indulge in a world of good eats!