Guam diner Bytes: Vivian's Coffee Shop
One of the island’s hardest working, most determined and friendliest restaurant owners has moved from her Upper Tumon location next to Infusion to a better spot with more “drop-in” traffic in the old CEBU Buffet Restaurant in Harmon, just across from the Micronesia Mall.
I’m talking about Vivian Xia who has been eking out a living in really tough conditions (no parking, no traffic, too big a space) with her family. She always manages to smile and greet customers. She has the most endearing customer service charm and one can’t help but warm to her greeting.
In her new location, she offers a daily $11.99 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) and an a la carte menu selection all day long. She serves Western-style and local favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She also is one of the only establishments on island that serves the famous Szechwan Hot Pot during dinner service.
Vivian’s new location is as cozy as her original location, perhaps slightly larger. We were there on Sunday morning and were happy to see her doors opening as customers came in after church to eat posted lunch specials, or ordering from the menu or eating from the buffet, which gets constantly replenished (small portions to retain freshness). It’s not as fancy as the hotels; it’s built for those unpretentious humble eaters who like their fried pork chops and hamburger steaks.