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Shan-J’s Pizza Park in American Samoa is unlike any other restaurant on Earth. It is a pizza joint, hang-out patio, pick-up place, and playground all rolled into one. This is an excellent choice for parents who are looking for a place to socialize with friends over a casual dinner while the kids play. Shan-J’s Pizza Park is a great hidden gem for families.
Shan-J’s Pizza Park is located on the main island of American Samoa. There are several different Shan-J’s restaurants scattered around the island. However, they all serve different types of food. Beyond being their pizza joint, Shan-J’s Pizza Park is unique in its environment and atmosphere as well. You can find it across the street from Ace Hardware tucked behind a small convenient store. You can just barely see the sign from the main road. So, you will have to be on the lookout in order to find this place. The fact that it is somewhat hidden adds to its charm and makes it a great uncrowded family-friendly place to hang out.
The menu at Shan-J’s Pizza Park includes pizza, burgers, chicken, french fries, and a selection of buffet items. When we ate here, we actually decided to go with chicken and burgers instead of pizza. The food was delicious. This was one of the best burgers I have had on the island. It is the perfect place to pick up a quick dinner to take home. However, the one drawback is that it takes 25 minutes if you order the chicken. This was not a big deal for us on this particular day because we weren’t in a hurry, but I could see how this could be annoying at other times. I did appreciate, though, that the staff warned us about the wait before finalizing our order.
Like many places in American Samoa, the theme and decor of the restaurant seems to have been an afterthought. However, you won’t miss a lack of decorating at Shan-J’s because the focus of this place is the huge playground in the middle of the outdoor seating area. There are a few tables inside, but most of the seating is outdoors on two covered patios that sit in an L-shape. In the middle of them is the playground, complete with swings, slides, a sandbox, and a fireman’s pole. There is also a hammock off to the side for relaxing. On the far side, you will see a couple of basketball courts. There is a sign up near the courts saying that there is a fee of $1 or $2 to play.
My son thoroughly enjoys the playground. It was nice to have something to entertain him while we waited for the food. There is plenty of space for kids to run around and burn some energy. The set-up of the space makes it easy for parents to sit at a table and watch their kids play. This setup is especially wonderful if you are meeting friends for dinner and want to visit while the kids play.
The prices of food at Shan-J’s are very affordable. Pizzas range from $13-32 depending on size and variety. The other meals fall in the $4-7 range. This is a great place to take the whole family without spending a fortune on food. Compared to other eating establishments on the island, Shan-J’s is pretty average in price.
While it took longer than I felt it should for the chicken and fries, I have to say that the service at Shan-J’s was better than average. Even though it is a counter-service restaurant, one of the ladies working brought our food out to us. She also made sure that we had napkins, condiments, and anything else that we needed to enjoy our meal. I appreciated this.
Shan-J’s Pizza Park is a very affordable, family-friendly pizza joint in American Samoa. Its location is hidden behind a convenience store, which adds to its charm and ensures that it won’t be overly crowded. This is the perfect restaurant to catch up with friends while the kids run around and play. The food is delicious, and because most of the seating is outdoors, you won’t have to worry about your kids getting too loud or rambunctious during dinner. If you are looking for a quick, casual restaurant to eat with your kids in American Samoa, I highly recommend Shan-J’s Pizza Park. Have you eaten at Shan-J’s Pizza Park? Leave your thoughts in the comments. For other places to eat in American Samoa, see my review of Goat Island Cafe. For advice on your trip to American Samoa, see our tips for visiting and things to do with kids. Happy travels!