Guam Diner Bytes: Ron's Diner

Guam Diner Bytes: Ron's Diner

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

Ron’s Diner is the realized dream of a guy who not only loves to eat, but whose passion is to make others happy eating too! I deliberately listed the hours of operation for Ron’s Diner since we made the mistake of going to eat there on Saturday, when they are CLOSED.

The bright yellow sign with orange letters spelling out Ron’s Diner is visible from any distance or angle from the main drag next to the New Campus Store. Once inside, the yellow and orange color scheme takes up the familiar diner black and white checkerboard motif (I feel right at home since it reflects our Guamdiner motif).

Depending on where you are seated, you can see small antique period posters from the 50’s era. Pictures of Elvis Presley, the Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis, Jr.), Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind) and who could forget the talented Don Knotts portraying Deputy Barney Fife, a Mayberry stalwart from the Andy Griffith Show, in his later role heading up the Fife Security Agency.

It’s true...”Not Much Gets By Him!” Everything on the walls of Ron’s Diner is meant to relax and entertain guests, and prepare them for the feast ahead.

The menu of Ron’s Diner covers all bases, with something for everyone’s preference. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, local, Western, Chamorro, Local, and Vegetarian - that’s broadly ambitious and yet owner Ron Fejeran manages to pull it off fairly well!! We waited until the huge crowds from their August 4 Grand Opening had subsided before visiting.

Even so, this popular eatery seems to always be busy. We went for breakfast and ordered the 3 Large Fluffy Pancakes ($7.50) with banana slices (other choices were apples or peanut butter). We also ordered the Golden Crispy Waffles ($8.00), with peanut butter and bananas.

Finally, since I’d heard so much about it from friends and many on the FB community, I took the plunge and ordered Ron’s signature burger, the Ronster Burger ($12.00), which has (2) Char-grillled 9 oz. burger patties with onion rings, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and denanche mayo, with bacon added for an extra $1.00.

While waiting for our food to be served, we watched other diners go gaga over the foods they ordered. The kids at one table had an “Oh My Cheese Sandwich” which seemed to have three slices of Texas toast filled with 3 layers of cheese, with a rash of bacon on top and and egg on the bottom. Another table had a large (super-sized) Corned Beef Fried Rice Omelet ($11.00) that can feed 2 very hungry people. We definitely got the impression that people were definitely getting their money’s worth of food whatever they ordered.

The Ronster was the first of our order to arrive. It was even bigger than it looked! It’s the first time I’d ever seen a burger with its own shadow!! It was the singularly largest burger ever put in front of me on Guam. It was a piece of burger art. I’ve always been a burger lover however this was the first time I was defeated by one! After all, I’d started a food program to limit my portions (which I did exceed, even though it was my “cheat day” Sunday).

I tried to cut it in half but it was futile since I couldn’t grab it with two hands for a bite. I did enjoy the taste of this burger with all the ingredients blended together. The donne mayo had a little burn going on and I soon realized there was no way to finish this and have room for the other foods I needed to eat for breakfast. The burger was cooked close to well done so it was nearing the dry stage. It was a very lean burger which minimized the fat content. I’d like one a little juicier and might try the Classic Burger on a future visit.

The pancakes were quite good. These I’d ordered as my breakfast selection (knowing full well that I’d be taking 2 of the 3 pancakes home as balutan.) Unfortunately, the waffles were disappointing to Zee (she had her hopes up high). They were overly chewy, not crisp as they should be. She tried to eat them but had to settle for the bananas and the side dish of grilled vegetables she’d ordered. I tried the waffles and found them chewy and on the verge of being rubbery. I don’t know how or why they turned out this way, but they did. We did inform our server and told Ron as well. That’s something they should work on. I’m sure with their quest for quality they’ll do this.

For this Sunday breakfast review, we were “comped” a slice of their famous Donne Cheesecake. This was certainly worth the price of admission! As stuffed as I was, eating this was something I felt compelled to do. It was delicious and original. I liked it!!

I made a second visit to Ron’s this past week to try some of the the “local” menu items. The lunch special that day was Spaghetti (I took a photo of a guest’s order). It sure looked good! I ordered The Chopsteak ($10.00) which has beef stir-fried with cabbage, carrots, celery, bell peppers, and onions. It is served with 2 oversized scoops of white rice (Brown Rice is available on request). This chopsteak was just how I like it and made the way people on Guam are used to eating it! It was very good!

Another dish I ordered was the Chamorro Style Fried Chicken ($9.50), which has golden fried chicken flavored with mustard. I really liked this too. Ron’s served a finadene and a kickin’ donne dinanche! My gosh is that pika-licious!!

My final item for my lunch trial (don’t worry...I had plenty of take-away for tonight) was the Chicken Kadon Pika ($10.00), with plenty of chicken (enough for 2) stewed in a rich broth with onions, garlic, hot pepper, vinegar, and soy sauce. This comes with two big rice scoops. This was very good to eat there (I had a pile of bones going on between the fried chicken and the kadon pika). As with all stews, this one was even better reheated for dinner later since it had time to soak and absorb the rich, spicy flavors.

Ron’s has Vegetarian items including Vegetable Lasagna with Ratatouille Herbed Sauce, Vegetable Loaf, a Veggie Burger, and a Mongo Bean Patty. They have a Kids Corner, too. I almost wish I had more life times so I could come back and have a Banana Split or Chocolate Milk Shake or a Float! After all, the Rock & Roll music playing the sound track of my life is a not-so-subliminal message to eat, drink, and eat some more, right? That’s got to be the attraction at Ron’s Diner! Go to Ron’s for a dining experience that’ll have you talking to other people! Bring your camera!

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