Guam Diner Bytes: The Kracked Egg
The Kracked Egg has finally hatched after what seemed to be an interminably long gestation in getting their doors open. But, oh, what a magnificent and wonderful place this is (or has the potential to become)! Imagine drinking coffee and munching on a waffle while sitting outside on the wooden deck watching the first rays of sun light up the sky! Airy, graceful, elegant, and spacious – this is what is most impressive on the inside.
These high ceilings and tall French windows framing the north end of the building really give you the impression you are in the waiting lounge of Heaven! Diners literally bask in the light before it gets too hot, at which time The Kracked Egg closes. I’ve not been here at night or early morning (it is open 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. daly) to see what things are like. I will one day.
I should state that I normally don’t do a review during the “soft opening” period of a restaurant. This is not so much a review as it is a preview, and I’m doing it as the owner/managing partner is Lori Tydingco, owner of the Brown Bag Cafe in Tamuning (scheduled to move next to The Kracked Egg in July).
Lori has established her credibility. She has a lot of style and panache, and this is reflected throughout her menu. She has made an effort to create foods that are distinctly different than other breakfast offerings on island. I just had to get my first taste at the Kracked Egg and I can honestly say I was impressed with the quality of the food I ate, which included a Hotcake Breakfast Meal, waffle and Italian frittata.
The HotCake Breakfast Meal ($9.50) includes two classic buttermilk pancakes (she lightly seasons these with cinnamon and nutmeg), two eggs
as you like them, and a choice of spam, bacon, sausage patty or ham. In the photo, I had my eggs scrambled and the bacon was slab bacon, which I consider a first ever for Guam. Better get there quick if you like slab bacon because it may not be available for long. It can be problematic for chewing, especially the rind!
A friend of mine had the Chamorro Style ($9.50) which had two eggs cooked to order, two spam, and Chorizo fried rice with your choice of toast or English muffin. He seemed impressed. I ate the Italian frittata ($10.95), which is an open-faced two-egg omelet infused with ham and bacon, house veggies, penne pasta and cheese. This is served with toast or English muffin. It’s actually pretty tasty eating.
The Classic Belgian Waffle is $6.95 and is just that. Eventually, plans are to expand and add toppings. Other omelets worth considering are the Japanese omelet that’s stuffed with Mackerel and topped with “furikake” rice seasoning; or the Mediterranean Omelet made with feta cheese, tomatoes, red onions, and coated with extra virgin olive oil.
They offer the Chamaole Benedict, which has Spam and two poached eggs with their creamy hollandaise. Their Locomotion ($9.50) has rice topped with their house-made meatloaf, homemade gravy and two eggs. Also on their soft opening menu is the S.O.S. Island Style ($9.95) that has a creamed Chorizo gravy.
So there you have a glimpse of something new, different, and much needed in Tumon! A great place to eat a relaxing, cooked-to-order breakfast when everywhere else is closed – with an added dash of brightness once the sun comes up!