Guam Diner Bytes: Sumay Pub & Grill
It was about time that I was able to drive all the way down to Santa Rita and try out that famous burger served at Sumay Pub & Grill! I had tried several times but didn’t realize the hours of operation were not the usual times I was in the neighborhood. They were always closed when I drove by.
This night I was lucky and had gone with a group of co-workers who were there sucking down Carlsbergs! I knew owners Aaron and Heidi and they were pleased to finally see me. I was glad they were able to build such a popular niche business that seemed to make a lot of people happy with their huge and tasty home-made burgers.
Sumay Pub’s claim to fame has to be its burger, since they have a huge sign outside that boasts “Voted Guam’s Best Burger”. No doubt they did win an election. Everyone, though, has an opinion about their favorite burger. Some prefer burgers that use higher quality meat cuts. Others prefer burgers that are char-grilled. While others like “Veggie Burgers”, which you won’t get here!
The menu is fairly straightforward, with a basic burger selling for $7.50. Their burgers include ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions. Prices increase incrementally with each add-on (Cheese, Bacon, and Pika-sauce).
The Pika Bacon Cheese Burger is $9.50, and that’s the burger I had, along with a side of Onion Rings (Small - $2.00) and Waffle Fries (Small - $2). This is one of the best constructed burgers I’ve had in a very long time. The buns (made by Crown Bakery) were perfect.
The tomato, lettuce, onion, and bacon were harmonious ingredients that are usually a weak point for many burgers, not this one! I think the cheese was American, but couldn’t tell for sure since the pika sauce dominated the flavor.
The size of the patty was very large, probably just over 8 oz. I have eaten hundreds (if not thousands) of burgers and this one ranks in the top tier percentile. For me, the patty was soft and pliant, and I prefer my burgers to be more contiguous with more bite to them. The taste of the burger was pretty good, with the bun winning the best supporting actor Oscar. I still prefer Meskla’s burgers (the Maga’ lahi and Guetes).
tried a bite of the Fish & Chips Basket ($8.00) that someone had ordered. The basa fish was light and tasty, still juicy under the crispy panko exterior.
I didn’t have a bite of the Crispy Fish Burger ($7.00), though I could imagine how it would taste based on my trying the fish and chips. The Mushroom Poppers ($4) and Jalapeno Poppers ($5) are very popular for the young beer drinking crowd. I have been consciously reducing my fried foods intake so the Onion Rings (petty crispy) and waffle fries were more than enough to meet my fried foods quota. I will have to come back and try the BBQ Fiesta Plate and maybe a regular burger. The Pub is a great place to get away and be in an open air environment.
It’s entertaining and a bona fide “oasis” for the many Navy personnel and their families who crave an old-fashioned home-made burger meal.