Champions Debuts Winning Breakfast, Lunch ItemsAli Carte Columns
October 27, 2013
Story By: Ali Resich | Photos by: Leah Friel
At Champions Sports Bar & Grill, sports fans and food enthusiasts alike can be found getting their fill of a memorable dining experience. Complete with 14 large televisions and six smaller screens at individual tables, the Keeaumoku Street restaurant is often packed on game day with hungry patrons rooting for their teams while nibbling on some of the best home-style comfort foods Honolulu has to offer.
“Our Sunday Football is wildly popular,” says owner Joanna Uehara, who notes that with the eatery’s breakfast menu now available daily from 6 a.m., Champions provides a great place to watch your favorite team, regardless of the time of day.
Uehara brings more than 30 years in the food and beverage industry to the table, and in that time she’s developed a knack for creating fun, crave-worthy twists on classic dishes.
Recently, Champions’ updated breakfast and lunch menus have garnered quite the buzz. Exciting items such as Smoked Salmon Benedict or Smoked Pork Benedict await hungry customers, and Uehara suggests trying her Stuffed Pancakes ($8.95). Prepared with three fluffy pancakes filled separately with strawberries, pineapple and Okinawan sweet potatoes, each hotcake is topped with a specialty butter: strawberry, cinnamon and regular flavors respectively.
“Usually you get a stack of pancakes and fruit on the side, but to have (the fruit) stuffed in there like that, it’s kind of like a thick crepe,” explains Uehara.
Another delectable breakfast addition is Honey Chicken and Waffles ($9.95), featuring fried chicken wings tossed in honey that rest on top of a warm, nicely crisp waffle for a perfectly sweet morning meal.
If you’re stopping in for lunch, try Panko Chicken Salad ($10.50) made with fresh baby greens and corn topped with pankocrusted chicken and a homemade honey-mustard dressing.
Uehara also jazzes up the lunch menu with a hearty Salmon Burger with Tater Tot Nachos ($11.95). You can go all out with this toasted bun filled with grilled salmon, lettuce, tomato, greens, egg, cheese and onion rings. The owner also adds a special touch to the dish by incorporating one of Champions’ most popular pupus, Tater Tot Nachos, on the side. These bite-sized bits of heaven come alive with salsa, ground beef, jalapenos, nacho cheese and more.
“It’s kind of decadent, but a really great lunch,” says Uehara.
While the competition may be heating up on Champions Sports Bar & Grill’s televisions, there’s no question that the eatery’s scrumptious grinds remain in first place.
Champions Sports Bar and Grill
1108 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
Open daily, Breakfast and lunch: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner and pupus: 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Note: Catering is available, call for details