Guam Diner Bytes: Cup & Saucer Bakery & Crepe Cafe

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

When you are in Hagatna near Designer's Direct or the Bank of Hawaii, you should consider rewarding yourself with a nice leisurely lunch at Cup & Saucer, just like I did the other day! You are not just limited to lunch here either! You can drop by early and buy a box of Cup & Saucer's famous giant cinnamon rolls (arguably the best on island despite the efforts of others who have tried to bake these delectable rolls, which also happen to be 100 percent trans-fat free).

Cup & Saucer is also known for a variety of savory and sweet crepes, unique salads, hearty sandwiches and delicious homemade soups. One of their must-have specialties is their vegetarian quiche ($4.95/slice). The display cases at Cup & Saucer are filled with an abundance of goodies: scones, éclairs, brownies, strawberry shortcake, rolls, carrot cake, cheesecakes, and Chef Ronnie's signature macaroons! Seasonal cookies are baked and available for purchase in packages.

Cup & Saucer features a wide variety of hot and cold beverages, coffees, teas, smoothies and frosties. One of the specials I had was a cranberry apple shake ($5.95). This was an intensely flavored (tart. sweet and stimulating) drink that I really enjoyed. Over the course of a few years, I have had a number of items made by Cup & Saucer which are sometimes featured as daily lunch specials. For the month of November, you can get pesto pasta ($10.95 with chicken-add $4) on Monday and Saturday.

Tuesdays and Thursdays offer a crispy spiced chicken sandwich ($13.95). On Wednesday and Friday, you get treated to Charo's Meatloaf ($11.95), which is a home-style recipe created by Chef/Owner Veronica "Ronnie" Calvo's mother. Of course, Chef Ronnie embellishes it with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and a mushroom cream sauce and buttered broccoli. This month's soup is a yummy creamy onion soup with gorgonzola-jack toast ($5.95).

My lunch today included a Deli-Style Sandwich (Turkey & Cheese: $5.95) to which I added an extra meat (ham, for $1.50). These are awesome sandwiches, made with fresh baked honey wheat buns with lettuce, tomato, red onions and mayonnaise. I had half and had the other to go since I also ordered one of Cup & Saucer's signature salads, the Passion Salad (Small $7.95; large $10.95 – with chicken, $14.95). This lovely salad is made with fresh, crisp mixed greens, toasted cashews, and drizzled with a “Gorgonzola Passion Dressing.” Other salads available are the cranberry, apple, house and Caesar.

To end my leisurely "dream lunch," I had a large cappuccino (the cup was 20 ounces and the serving was 16 ($4.50), along with the famous Cup & Saucer Cinnamon Roll ($2.25 ea. w/cream cheese frosting on the side). I don't know how to describe this but I was in an ultimate comfort zone! I felt so good that I rewarded my co-workers with a box of these sinfully delicious cinnamon rolls – they are that good! Treat yourself to a Cup & Saucer experience; you'll be glad you did! Hours: Monday through Saturdays, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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