Guam Diner Bytes: Jeff’s Pirates Cove

Guam Diner Bytes: Jeff’s Pirates Cove

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

Jeff’s Pirates Cove is a treasure chest of fascinations! It is one of those places everyone who comes to Guam must visit at some time during their stay.

I was just down there this week and was delighted to see that the grand old pirate himself, Jeff Pleadwell, was back after a three-month absence in Hawaii where he had some surgery. I should consider following suit because he’s got this slimmed-down body thing happening and he’s quite pleased with his lighter self!

I was there with a first-time visitor to Guam who had been in touch with Jeff in Hawaii. We met during lunch and that’s kind of what I’d like to talk about.

Over the years I’ve eaten most of the items on Jeff’s menu (I have always enjoyed Jeff’s famous homemade ½-pound cheeseburger), however on this visit I went for the Gyro Lamb Platter listed on his daughter Sara’s menu.

Priced at $16, you get a generous portion of Greek-style lamb slices with fresh veggies (cucumber, sweet cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, sliced red onions and peperoncini) and served with tzatziki, hummus and baba ghanouge on a bed of greens sprinkled with feta cheese, and pita bread. I also had a Fresh House Greek Garden Salad ($7) served with Jeff’s Italian house dressing.

My visitor friend had a seafood special that included such local staples as red rice, “finadene” dipping sauce), chicken “kelaguen” and marlin “kelaguen” with large onion rings and chunks of deep-fried and battered mahi and parrotfish.

Jeff had ordered a mixed plate of seafood and I was very pleased with how his parrot fish filets came out – fresh with a texture similar to lobster! The golden panko-battered fish was both tasty and juicy. He gets a lot of seafood in his Premium Seafood Appetizer ($32) which has shrimp, scallops, fish, calamari rings and Jeff’s tartar and cocktail sauces.

Oh, the view of the vast blue Pacific Ocean is extraordinary too!

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