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Best Restaurant

Readers’ Choice: Delmonico Kitchen & Bar

Casual atmosphere, friendly service, comfort food with emphasis on steaks, burgers, pizza and pasta. Seafood as well with variety of appetizers and salads. Open 7 days a week.

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Editor’s Choice: Kai Japanese Restaurant

This hidden gem offers up as much charm and intimacy as it does flavor. A true mom and pop, Kai serves excellent sushi, ramen, and sizzling plates of fish and tofu. We can’t get enough of the pink dragon roll, tuna and onion salad, fried gingko nuts, and spicy tuna roll. Watch Japanese TV with the owners, strike up a conversation, and you may even have your picture snapped and posted on the sushi bar.

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Best New Restaurant in 2013

Readers’ Choice: Mosa’s Joint

Editors’ Choice: Beachin’ Shrimp

Beachin’ Shrimp offers a coast-to-coast shrimp fest. Located in The Plaza Shopping Center next to ABC Store, Beachin’ Shrimp is bright and modern with a selection of American, Spanish, and Mexican coastal dishes. With tables for dining in, it’s a great lunch or dinner option for a quality seafood meal. For quick service, pull up to the bar and enjoy a bright, citrus Mojito or a beer with an avocado-loaded Mexican shrimp cocktail. The rosemary-infused signature soup is a must-try. It comes with french bread for dipping and can be served with rice or pasta. The spicy broth is simmered for a record 10 hours! The shrimp kelaguen is a local favorite and visitors can’t get enough of the California shrimp rolls. The Gambas Al Ajillo offer a taste of Spain and are loaded with garlic, red pepper, and smoked paprika. Dessert is a no-brainer — two scoops of coconut gelato atop locally made tapioca, drizzled with mango sauce.

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Best Chef

Readers’ Choice: Eddie Chien of Delmonico Kitchen & Bar

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Editors’ Choice: Rox Cailaoj

Rox Cailaoj, Katrê Bistro owner and chef, was a successful restauranteur in the Philippines for nearly two decades. Having studied at the Clark Culinary School in Washington, Cailaoj was hired as the executive chef of the Sheraton and Renaissance hotels. His seasoned techniques (pun intended) allow for use of only the freshest herbs and vegetables. The field green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, confetti of peppers, kalamata olives, and grapes also had a sprinkling of capers. The bruschetta is a must-have with its fresh tomato salsa piled on top a crunchy crostini with a thin, but punchy layer of pesto. The steamed mahi mahi was a surprise dish only because of its Asian flavors — ginger, garlic, scallion, and heaps of cilantro in a sweet soy broth. Served only with white rice to lap up the aromatic broth, the mahi mahi is definitely a standout. Katrê’s shrimp scampi has already become a local favorite.

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Best Chamorro Food

Readers’ Choice: Pika’s Cafe

Editors’ Choice: Amista

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Best Salad

Readers’ Choice: Ruby Tuesday

Editors’ Choice: Ruby Tuesday

With hands down the best salad bar on Guam, Ruby Tuesday is an easy choice. Load up on fresh greens, veggies, pasta, potato salad, fruit, and Ruby Tuesday’s signature croutons. What’s better is that the buffet is only $3.99 for kids!

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Best Happy Hour Spot

Readers’ Choice: Sunset Grill

Food at Sunset Grill is delicious, filling, and certainly best when washed down with ice cold beers! Try Sunset Grill in Asan Beach for a relaxing change of pace along with creative new tastes. Take the beautiful drive down to Asan, and on the beachside of Marine Corps Drive, find a seat on our open air patio deck. The pulled pork sandwich is always a favorite as well as the beef brisket, which has been slow-smoked for 10 hours after being spiced with our own secret grillin’ rub blend. Another amazing discovery will be the family of wood fired and grilled pizzas! We make our dough by hand and place the pizzas in specially built pizza ovens which resemble BBQ pits.

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Editors’ Choice: Read our Top 10 Happy Hour Spots on Guam

Best BBQ

Readers’ Choice: (Tie) Asu Smokehouse, Proa & Jamaican Grill

Editors’ Choice: ASU Smokehouse

Owners & brothers, Buddy and Sonny Orsini truly have a passion for their art and craft. Since opening in Asu Smokehouse in January 2013, they have created a reputation for delivering unbelievably tender, juicy, and perfectly smoked, mouthwatering meats. The pit is located in Chamorro Village, baseball side of the pavilion, and is manned 24/7 by dedicated Asu employees. Asu is the only barbecue restaurant on the island that uses exclusively local hardwoods, such as tangantangan, in their smoker, using only renewable and sustainable fuel is key to their environmental and social mission. In other words, NO gas, NO charcoal, and NO lighter fluid, NO electricity! All their meats and sides are MSG and gluten-FREE. Asu is also an award-winning barbecue competition team, capturing three first-places last year. The beef brisket (always 100% Certified Angus Beef because they are a licensed CAB restaurant) is smoked for 18-20 hours with only a dry rub, the base of which is made of “locally” harvested sea salt from Inajaran Bay.

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Best Sushi

Readers’ Choice: Benii Japanese Restaurant

A local favorite, Benii Japanese Restaurant offers inexpensive Japanese food in hearty portions. With an eight-page menu, there’s pretty much something for everyone. Massive rice bowls come topped with grilled meat or fish, while the excellent salads are topped with tofu, seared ahi, or shrimp, to name a few.

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Editors’ Choice: Sushi Rock

Best Pizza

Readers’ Choice: Sunset Grill

Food at Sunset Grill is delicious, filling, and certainly best when washed down with ice cold beers! Try Sunset Grill in Asan Beach for a relaxing change of pace along with creative new tastes. Take the beautiful drive down to Asan, and on the beachside of Marine Corps Drive, find a seat on our open air patio deck. The pulled pork sandwich is always a favorite as well as the beef brisket, which has been slow-smoked for 10 hours after being spiced with our own secret grillin’ rub blend. Another amazing discovery will be the family of wood fired and grilled pizzas! We make our dough by hand and place the pizzas in specially built pizza ovens which resemble BBQ pits.

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Editors’ Choice: Vitale’s Italian Restaurant

Any self-respecting Italian restaurant has to have good pizza. And Vitale’s is no exception. As an unabashed carnivore, I would have to suggest you try their Meat Roma pizza.It is a ridiculously cheesy platter of heaven. And hidden under all that cheese like treasures invaluable is a plethora of meats to satisfy even the most insatiable of desires. With Canadian bacon, sausage, ground beef, pepperoni, and enough cheese to feed a small army, all piled atop a soft crust with crispy edges, you simply cannot ask for much more.

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Read our list of Best Pizza on Guam.

Best Thai

Readers’ Choice: Mai Thai

Editors’ Choice: Siam Thai Restaurant

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Best Burgers

Readers’ Choice: Jeff’s Pirates Cove

Editors’ Choice: Meskla Dos

The Rancheru Burger is everything you want in a burger. Its drip-down-your-chin juicy and so full of flavor it’ll kick you in the face (a nice, friendly kick in the face as opposed to the other kind). Their house made ranch dressing provides a slight spiciness to awaken your senses and the smokiness from the bacon shifts all the other flavors into overdrive. And while I’m not usually an egg-on-my-burger type of person for this burger I make an exception. The egg helps hold everything together and brings a nice heartiness. Meskla Dos offers friendly service and a great atmosphere. And I’ll tell you, these guys know what they’re doing.

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Best Bar

Readers’ Choice: The Beach Bar

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Editors’ Choice: Mermaid Tavern

Best Live Music

Readers’ Choice: (Tie) The Beach Bar & Porky’s

Editors’ Choice: Santa Fe Grill

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Best Sandwich

Readers’ Choice: Pika’s Cafe

Editors’ Choice: Pika’s Cafe

Pika’s tofu bahn mi is love at first bite and healthy to boot! Spicy Vietnamese sauce drizzled over grilled, firm tofu with pickled veggies makes this unique sandwich a must-try on Guam.

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Best Seafood

Readers’ Choice: (Tie) Beachin’ Shrimp & SeaGrill

Beachin’ Shrimp offers a coast-to-coast shrimp fest. Located in The Plaza Shopping Center next to ABC Store, Beachin’ Shrimp is bright and modern with a selection of American, Spanish, and Mexican coastal dishes. With tables for dining in, it’s a great lunch or dinner option for a quality seafood meal. For quick service, pull up to the bar and enjoy a bright, citrus Mojito or a beer with an avocado-loaded Mexican shrimp cocktail. The rosemary-infused signature soup is a must-try. It comes with french bread for dipping and can be served with rice or pasta. The spicy broth is simmered for a record 10 hours! The shrimp kelaguen is a local favorite and visitors can’t get enough of the California shrimp rolls. The Gambas Al Ajillo offer a taste of Spain and are loaded with garlic, red pepper, and smoked paprika. Dessert is a no-brainer — two scoops of coconut gelato atop locally made tapioca, drizzled with mango sauce.

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Editors’ Choice: Roy’s

This upscale hotel restaurant and lounge never fails to impress with exquisite Hawaiian cuisine. The Roy’s Classic Tribute is a trio of out-of-this-world blackened ahi, hibachi teri-grilled Atlantic salmon, misoyaki butterfish, soy mustard, yuzu ponzu vinaigrette, and sweet ginger wasabi beurre blanc.

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Best Soup

Readers’ Choice: Katre Bistro

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Editors’ Choice: Yokozuna

This Tumon Japanese restaurant has the island’s best Ramen and in generous portions served hot, quick, and fresh.

Best Hotel Bar

Readers’ Choice: Hilton Tree Bar

Editors’ Choice: Sheraton’s The Point

Those who prefer a classy or romantic ambience will enjoy these lounges both located in the Sheraton Laguna Resort. The Point overlooks the infinity pool, lagoon and ocean giving a perfect setting to unwind with a selection of fine wine or cocktails.

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Best Ice Cream/Yogurt

Readers’ Choice: Yogurtland

Editors’ Choice: Yogurtland

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Best Chinese

Readers’ Choice: VIP Chinese

Editors’ Choice: Everyday Chinese Restaurant

This non-descript Mangilao joint never fails to impress with spicy, fresh, and reasonably priced Chinese food. Favorites are the salt and pepper squid, garlic kang kong, spicy vegetables with tofu, and seafood hot pot. You can’t really order wrong, plus there’s free WIFI.

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Best Buffet

Readers’ Choice: (Tie) Fiesta Resort, Taste Westin, Hilton Islander Terrace

Editors’ Choice: Fortune Cookie Thai Restaurant

This unassuming Dededo restaurant has the island’s best Thai buffet by a long shot. Always fresh, always tasty, Fortune Cookie is known for its crispy fried plantains, which fly off the buffet line. The lunch buffet also features papaya salad, spicy soup, curries, Pad Thai, kang kong, and eggplant dishes.

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Best Breakfast

Readers’ Choice: Pika’s Cafe

Editors’ Choice: Infusion

Infusion slides home in this category for crepes and crepes alone. Fruit-filled sweet crepes to savory versions are the perfect accompaniment to Infusion’s fabulous coffees, teas, and frappes. Infusion’s menu changes monthly and heavily features local flavors.

Best Jazz Club

Readers’ Choice: House of Brutus

Editors’ Choice: House of Brutus

Best Wrap

Readers’ Choice: Delmonico Kitchen & Bar

Editors’ Choice: Delmonico Kitchen & Bar

Serving up 365 wraps a year, Delmonico Kitchen & Bar has the trademark on creativity and readers aren’t wrong about these being the best on Guam.

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Best Dessert

Readers’ Choice: Proa

Editors’ Choice: Frost Bite

With a strong Asian influence, it’s easy to see why the Japanese Honey Toast is a popular menu item at Frost Bite. Up to four people can dig into the thick toast, which has been deconstructed and filled with latiya filling, a Chamorro custard. Drizzled with butter, honey, and topped with snow ice plus two toppings of your choice, you will definitely not leave hungry!

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Best Bakery

Readers’ Choice: Celebrity Bakery

This Mangilao bakery has been serving savory pies, pastries and breads and heavenly cakes since 1990. The family-owned and operated bakery is known for serving fresh-out-of-the-oven pastries to morning commuters and is a reliable source of lunch as well. Celebrity Bakery is a complete bakery for any occasion — birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, christening, retirement parties, etc. — and we deliver. Specialties include pan tosta that flies off the shelf and cinnamon roll doughnuts that customers say rivals Krispy Kreme. Coconut custard pie, cream puffs, cake pops, latiya, and filipino hopia with mungo beans, ube, and onion are local favorites. Celebrity Bakery’s Russian tea cookies were featured in The Guam Guide’s list of Best Bakeries on Guam.

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Editors’ Choice: Cup & Saucer

Best Coffee Shop

Readers’ Choice: Infusion

Editors’ Choice: Tu’ Re Cafe

Our editors can’t argue with Tu’ Re Cafe’s matchless view and varied menu. It’s impossible not to love your job when you’re sitting seaside on Tu’ Re’s outdoor patio sipping a hot cappuccino.

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Most Romantic Restaurant

Readers’ Choice: Al Dente

Editors’ Choice: Al Dente

With white table cloth service and garden views, Al Dente scores high on the romance-o-meter. Definitely make reservations as this is a reader favorite and books up regularly.

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Best Outdoor Patio

Readers’ Choice: Sunset Grill

Food at Sunset Grill is delicious, filling, and certainly best when washed down with ice cold beers! Try Sunset Grill in Asan Beach for a relaxing change of pace along with creative new tastes. Take the beautiful drive down to Asan, and on the beachside of Marine Corps Drive, find a seat on our open air patio deck. The pulled pork sandwich is always a favorite as well as the beef brisket, which has been slow-smoked for 10 hours after being spiced with our own secret grillin’ rub blend. Another amazing discovery will be the family of wood fired and grilled pizzas! We make our dough by hand and place the pizzas in specially built pizza ovens which resemble BBQ pits.

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Editors’ Choice: The Beach Bar

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Best Beer Selection

Readers’ Choice: Mermaid Tavern

Editors’ Choice: McKraut’s German Restaurant

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Best Pearl Shakes

Readers’ Choice: Bubbly Tea Cafe

Editors’ Choice: Bubbly Tea Cafe

This new cafe across from GPO is bright and modern and offers the largest selection of milk and fruit teas and shakes with delicious tapioca pearls and gels. Fans of Spinn & Play Video’s cafe in Dededo will love this convenient location with an expanded menu that includes the cafe’s signature mochi popcorn with Japanese seasoning, crackers, and seaweed. Enjoy free WIFI, a kids play area, comfortable seating, and large HD televisions. Located across from GPO in the Mikkel Tan Vy Building below Expressions Studio and next to Gaylord’s in Tamuning.

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Best Smoothies

Readers’ Choice: Froots

Editors’ Choice: Froots

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