Guam Diner Bytes: Evelyn’s Hot Dogs and Burgers

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

It had been a while since I last visited Evelyn Ungacta's famous Hot Dog Stand located along Hagatna Bay's shoreline and Marine Corps Drive. It was already past 3 p.m. and I had not eaten lunch so I was famished. People line up to get one of Eveyln's hot dogs, chili dogs, chili cheese dogs, hamburgers, egg burgers, moco (rice, patty and egg) and chiloco (moco with chili). The price is right with Hot Dogs going for $2.75 and a Chili Dog for $3.00 - add a cold soda for $1.00.

You can garnish your dog all the usual condiments of green relish, sauerkraut, chopped onions, mustard, and catsup to suit your tastes. The result is a quick meal that puts to rest all those late lunch hunger pains and gives the satisfaction you can only get from eating that All American favorite - the hot dog!

I even tried Evelyn's cheeseburger since I hadn't had one before (and actually hadn't realized she had that big gas grill). One of the best things about this scenic little spot is the view of the ocean and the breeze (windy days are best). It's like eating at the beach! Talk about having a "Cheeseburger in Paradise"!

Evelyn and her husband, Felix (former Mayor of Hagatna) are a dynamic duo as they work synchronously to cook dogs, steam buns, grill patties, prepare orders, make change, and still carry on conversations with customers. They are simply amazing people! Evelyn's a living icon, and though I hadn't had a hot dog at her stand in a little over a year, she was still happy to see me and jokingly chided me ("where've you been?"). Other vendors may have other dog types (bigger and spicier), but her buns are the softest and they really hug that dog! You can find Evelyn and Felix serving dogs, burgers, sodas, and all the fixings weekdays in Hagatna - just look for the big blue canopy!

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