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Island Roots Guamanian Cuisine

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Any one else see this review?

I'll try it just for the novelty factor.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepub...

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  1. I must say, as one who spent a couple of years stationed at the Navy base on Guam, that "Guam cuisine" sounds a lot like "military intelligence".

    We used to go up to the Guam Okura, or the AAFB O-club, for a decent meal.

    Cheers -- Pete Tillman

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    1. re: Tillman

      I have not tried the restaurant yet, but look forward to it. I lived in Guam for several years and could not disagree more with your statement about the quality of food on the island. Every fiesta had some of the most tasty grub I have ever had, and I have lived all over the country as well as in Guam. I guess like many people in the military on Guam, you didn't get out much.

      1. re: PaulK

        I think you'd better hurry, if you want to try it. I've never seen much of a lunch crowd. The parking lot was always empty when I drove by daily during the lunch hour in Feb and March of this year. The restaurant is fairly large, so, I can't image the rent being very cheap.

        1. re: johnseberg

          I had lunch there on Thursday and enjoyed it very much. I had the teriyaki chicken with finedeni sauce. Love the sauce. I also had chicken kelaguin which was very good. The red rice and lumpia was very good too. I hope they are able to stick around. By the way, I called in my order and it was ready in 15 minutes.

    2. I am heading here for lunch today - I'll report back!

      1. Back from lunch....

        The place is bright cheerful/festive and clean. The owners were very nice too.

        Food was great in a simple way- mix of foods that seemed similar in some ways to Hawaii-Japanese-Chinese-Latin American. Even some Spam on the menu. :)

        Great chicken dishes, try the red rice.

        Friday & Sat nights they apparently have live music and hula dancers. The owner said there are about 4,000 Guamanians (or people who lived there) living in Maricopa County and a lot have been coming in after hearing about the place word-of-mouth.

        I would recommend it and will go again.

        1. Thanks for the review. My husband has been intrigued by this place since it opened. I haven't been as intrigued but I"ll have to suggest to him we try it on a Fri and Sat night. He grew up on Maui so probably would enjoy some Spam! :)

          1. Oh yes! I have been to Maui several times and Island Roots reminded me of the local (non tourist) restaurants on the Island. He'll prob love it!

            If you are not convinced of Spam's finer qualities or are wary of the braised-forever mystery pepper chicken, try the Teriyaki Chicken - it's lean, flavorful and comes with a can't-miss dipping sauce. I met my dad for lunch and he ordered that and loved it (so did I).