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Little else is quite as comforting as classic diner food — especially when that diner also features local-style favorites — and New Eagle Cafe’s staying power proves that. The eatery first debuted in the 1950s, before coming to its current location on Nimitz Highway in the 1980s. Current owner Tae Im took over in 2012.
Throughout all of those years, New Eagle Cafe has attracted multiple generations of customers with its range of salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood and more.
The first thing you’ll notice about New Eagle Cafe’s menu is its sheer volume — it’s got a sprawling list of options. Luckily, the cafe is stocked with combo dishes like Fillet of Mahi Mahi with BBQ Short Ribs ($16.25), so you don’t have to choose just one item. The combo features a fried fillet of fish alongside kalbi that’s been marinated in a Korean-style sauce. It also comes with a choice of white rice, brown rice, mashed potatoes or fries.
If you’re dining at New Eagle Monday through Friday, you can get a taste of one popular combo and weekday special: Kim Chee Fried Rice with Chicken Yakitori ($13.95) with a choice of starch. The fried rice is loaded with chopped ham, carrots, peas and corn — as well as a heaping helping of kim chee mixed in. The chicken yakitori, meanwhile, is grilled and then glazed with teriyaki sauce.
And speaking of specials, here’s something to look forward to: On the first three Mondays of December, diners who spend a certain amount (to be announced) can take a free round-trip trolley ride through Honolulu City Lights. There are three rides each night, by reservation only. Reservations are accepted starting mid-November.
New Eagle Cafe
1130 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu
Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday,
8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.