Waking Up With a Breakfast of ChampionsFeatures Order of the Day
September 29, 2013
Story By: Michelle Lee | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
With football season in full swing, many can be found each week at their local sports bar, enjoying the game alongside good company and tasty eats. Beginning in October, Champions Sports Bar and Grill will offer breakfast service, delivering up its famed local, comfort fare seven days a week.
“Because of the time difference in Hawaii, football here starts at 7 in the morning,” says Joanna Uehara, owner of Champions Sports Bar and Grill. “So it made sense to expand our breakfast schedule to allow our customers to enjoy quality food while watching the game.”
Since 2008, Champions has been serving hearty, flavorful home cooking to the community. “Having worked in the industry for many years, we know what locals want to eat,” says Uehara, who works as the head chef.
While classic breakfast menu items such as the Belgian Waffle ($5.95) and Short Stack Pancakes ($3.95) are always in high demand, unique spin-off creations are sure to cause much delight, like Corned Beef Hash Eggs Benedict ($10.95). “If you are a meat lover, the dish is an absolute must-have,” says Uehara. “We take a homemade corned beef patty and set it atop classically poached eggs with our hollandaise sauce made from scratch.”
Another praise-worthy dish is the grill’s exclusive Baked Potato Omelette ($9.95), a savory combination of potatoes, bacon and scallions topped with the chef’s homemade cream sauce. “The texture almost feels like mashed potatoes,” says Uehara.
Paying homage to her roots, Uehara encourages all to try her Mama’s Famous Broiled Boneless Kalbi Ribs ($10.95). “Everything is prepared here,” she explains. “The secret is in the sauce marinade, which infuses fresh fruits such as Korean pears, apples and kiwis with the shoyu and sugar.”
For a healthier option, customers will love the Blackened Ahi Salad ($12.50), a refreshing mix of greens, shredded carrots, onions, and cucumbers topped with a homemade wasabi Cajun aioli dressing. Customers may also choose brown rice or egg whites for any breakfast item.
Furbished with comfortable booths as well as high-definition monitors along the walls, Champions is the ideal hangout during this nostalgic time of the year. “Our objective is simple,” explains Uehara. “We just make delicious, high-quality food, which seems to taste that much better when you are here.”
Champions Sports Bar and Grill
1108 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
Open Daily, 6 A.M. To 2 A.M.