Monday, March 05, 2012

Restaurant review: Wild Bills

Around these parts, "Wild Bills" is as famous as its namesake.  Opened by Texan Bill Curry and his wife Somjai, the pub house and restaurant burst onto the scene in 2006 and has been a staple ever since.  The couple have proudly gone back to their roots to offer Saipan a diverse dining option that offers a little something for everyone.  For the red-blooded Americans out there, you'll notice some familiar grub on the menu that will make you feel right at home.  For instance, they offer fried chicken, chicken fried steak and the perennial favorite: the bacon cheeseburger. 

And for the more international astute amongst us, Wild Bills will treat you right.  In fact, the Thai food in my opinion is the best in town and that's saying something considering its competing against a dozen or so Thai restaurants.  For dinner, I typically order the Gai Kra Praow (Chicken with sweet basil) or the Pad Thai.  Make sure you come hungry because the portions are HUGE.  My wife and I generally split an entree and we both leave full.

It's not all sunshine and puppy dogs though--Wild Bills has a few flaws in my book.  For starters, the atmosphere leaves something to be desired.  It's hard to enjoy a quiet meal here as the bar area can often get rowdy.  Like most restaurants in Saipan, the furniture, appliances, and decorations have a weathered look to it which might create an impression of untidiness.   The prices--while still inexpensive--have increased 20% in the past five years.

Thankfully, the efficiency of the waitstaff more than makes up for any shortcomings.  Don't expect lots of friendly conversations though--the bar area and the steady stream of customers keep these Thai waitresses busy.  And while they may be too busy to chat up, you can nonetheless expect a friendly smile, prompt service, and an overall great experience.

Wild Bill's is open for breakfast, too, and serves Omelette's, Eggs benedict, Chamorro Breakfasts, Beef Tapa, Breakfast Steaks, Pancakes, French Toast, Hash Browns,and Fried Rice.  While I love breakfast food, I wouldn't recommend the eggs benedict.  I've ordered it twice and both times the eggs were overcooked and the hollandaise sauce was more like a cream gravy  Other than that, everything I've tried is good.  So go ahead and give 'em a chance. Their phone number is (670) 233-3372 for take-out and they are open from 7am-10pm.  They also host a trivia tournament every Tuesday starting at 6:30--it's free to play and everyone is welcome to participate.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Back In The Saddle

Wild Bill's soccer team returned to the Win column this past week with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Paire Football Club.

Pairee took an early lead when Striker Jason Schroeder's noggin drilled in Midfielder Steven McKagan's corner kick in the fifth minute of play. The squads battled evenly through most of the first half until Wild Bill's found an equalizer on the foot of Adul Detdon (AKA Nong) in the 41st minute.

The good guys carried their momentum into the second half and took the lead when Midfielder Greg Elliot buried the ball from the goal line during a scrum that decided the outcome. Soon thereafter Nong found a streaking, airborne Jeeraphong Thoensaket(AKA Jack) for what's been referred to as the Goal of the Year to deliver a 3-1 lead 15 minutes into the second half. Nong added another score to his impressive stat sheet in the 74th minute to end all hopes of a comeback for Paire.

Wild Bill's returns to the Ada Pitch this Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm against MP United.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Good turnout for first Tuesday Trivia night at Wild Bill’s

OVER 40 people showed up for the first of an ongoing series of Tuesday Trivia nights sponsored by Wild Bill’s on Tuesday night.
Event organizer Glen Hunter said nine teams joined the event.
The first prize winner was team Bipolar Bears which took home a $50 Wild Bill’s gift certificate for garnering 52 points. Two teams tied for second place: “Trifecta x2” with 51 points and “Saipan Sucks, Guam Swallows” with 51 points. They won $30 and $20 Wild Bill’s gift certificates.
The host was Jordan Davis while Daniel Stafford and Brian O’Laughlin were the quiz masters.
“It was super-fun last night, and a really great crowd,” Hunter said.
The quiz masters took the participants through four rounds of questions on advertising slogans, Oscar winners, sports, and famous landmarks.
Other participants also received prizes from Foremost Foods and Coke.
Hunter and the organizers of Tuesday Trivia are inviting everybody to join next the next trivia night, have fun and get a chance to win prizes.
The event starts at 7:30 p.m.  every Tuesday. It is open to the public and admission is free.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wild Bill's vs. Paire FC Today!

Football fans and fans of alcohol consumption rejoice! Wild Bill's FC returns to the Ada pitch this afternoon in a pre-season warm-up match against our breakaway brother from the Parie FC.

Tune in after the game for a wrap-up!

Wild Bill's vs. Paire FC
1pm at Ada Field
Sunday, Feb. 27th

Admission: Free to those who bring beer and heckle