The Best In Bagels, MoreA La Carte Columns
November 22, 2015
Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
Since opening in August 2014, Cafe Grace in Kakaako has become a popular spot for coffee, sandwiches, salads and more. Founder Terumi Drake, who also owns Lox of Bagels, named the cafe after her daughter, Grace.
The eatery has a host of festive offerings during the holidays, such as Pumpkin Bagel Puff (available through November), and a Thanksgiving Special (available through the end of this week) featuring turkey, homemade gravy, lentil salad, stuffing made of bagel bread, green salad and cranberry sauce.
All bagels are steamed and baked fresh each day, and have a noticeably chewier texture than most others. Drake also recently brought on a pastry chef to expand its offering of fine desserts.
There also is free Wi-Fi and complimentary parking for three hours in Imperial Plaza (where Cafe Grace is located) with validation.
Among Cafe Grace’s most popular creations is Egg White Benedict ($10.95), made with house-smoked pork, sautéed kale and a creamy homemade hollandaise sauce on a taro bagel. Another favorite is Asian Duck sandwich ($11.45), consisting of premium duck meat, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and radish sprouts in between crisp bagel bread that has a slightly different shape and texture than circular bagels. The sandwich is served with an original peanut satay sauce and two sides of your choice (green salad, quinoa or ratatouille).
Imperial Plaza, Ground Level
725 Kapiolani Blvd.
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed Sunday