Restaurant Review by Ken Stewart, The Guam Food Guy
It's easy to see why King's has been Guam's favorite family restaurant for 25 years. All you have to do is open the menu and let your eyes do the walking - Ham Hocks & Mongo Beans for $5.95; Country, Browns, Chamorro & Eggs for $2.99; Signature Macadamia Pancakes for $4.75; Spam Scrambler for $3.99 (where else in the world but Guam will you find a "Spam Scrambler?" You know the Hormel Company appreciates Guam!). I've been a customer of King's for most of its 25 years, and admittedly have had a few disappointments with some food items, but I can honestly say that I've always had great service. The friendly, courteous ever-present servers are trained not to let glasses go below half-full, and they keep your coffee hot!
A recent excursion to King's Compadres Mall location allowed me the opportunity to experience the unique island-style hospitality that King's has managed to adapt and reflect better than any other 24 hour dining establishment. The use of local art, handicrafts, and artifacts, along with its visually-appealing decor, its no wonder customers find pleasure and comfort in this "home away from home" atmosphere that happens to house a restaurant with a menu to suit nearly anyone's appetite or food preference. New on King's menu (they've done a terrific job of posting dazzling photos of selected entrees) is the series of Krazier Kombos, with each combination plate priced at $13.95. Served on richly colored platters, these combos are geared to appeasing the heartier appetites. My choice was the Steak, Chicken and Stir-Fry. A nice 8 oz. Top Sirloin steak, accompanied by two pieces of King's famous honey-stung fried chicken, and a generous portion of stir fried saimen noodles mixed with vegetables, certainly provided me with enough to eat - I even substituted my rice for a baked potato. Get this - another OOG (Only On Guam) was that my condiment plate had sour cream, butter, and finadene!). Other combos have Salmon, BBQ chicken, Steak, and Fried Shrimp.
Eating at King's is not about eating exceptional food, though it is satisfying and palatable. The King's experience is about being "on Guam" and "of Guam," reflecting Guam's essence. It was always the first place to eat at after returning to Guam from a long trip off-island, and usually our choice for a farewell meal before leaving Guam. One of the best ways I can describe King's is that it's truly Guam's "feeling" station!