Breakfast Classics Take Flight at Plaza CafeAli Carte Columns
July 29, 2012
Story By: Dining Out Team | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
It’s 7 a.m., you’ve made it to the airport in time to check in for your flight, but now you’ve got an hour and a half before your departure and those hunger pangs are starting to kick in. Sound familiar? Crowds of hungry travelers experience this scenario every morning at Honolulu International Airport. Thankfully, they can head to nearby Plaza Cafe, located at the Best Western Hotel, where its Seven Days of Breakfast menu has really taken off.
Every day from 6:30 to 10 a.m., diners are fueling up with a meal that will get them through their flight. “It’s an all-American breakfast,” says assistant general manager Rudy Fao. “And it’s the perfect spot for you to catch a full breakfast before a flight so you don’t have to eat at the airport.”
Chef Dean Nishino brings 16 years of experience at Plaza Cafe to the breakfast table, presenting an array of morning classics. You can’t go wrong with Eggs Benedict ($12.95) made with poached eggs, Canadian bacon and Hollandaise sauce on an English muffin. Customers with a hefty appetite also appreciate the Big Man Breakfast ($14.95), consisting of two eggs any style, two pieces of Portuguese sausage, an additional portion of sausage links, bacon and a choice of rice or two pancakes to top it all off.
If you’re flight arrives in the evening, you can stop by the eatery for an a la carte dinner as well. A selection of appetizers include such indulgent bites as the Sampler Trio ($12.95) with Buffalo wings, onion rings and mozzarella sticks. For the main course, Chicken Carbonara ($17.95) and Baby Back Ribs ($23.95) are among the most popular menu items.
And you don’t have to be en route to anywhere to enjoy this hidden spot along Nimitz Highway. Locals have frequented the restaurant since the mid 1970s, and they especially love its Seafood buffet, available during dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.
Whether in need of a solid meal before a flight or just a good ol’ American feast, your taste buds will make a smooth landing at Plaza Cafe.
Best Western Hotel
3253 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu
Daily, 6:30-10 a.m., breakfast Friday-Monday, 5-9 p.m., dinner Friday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m., Seafood buffet
Note: Free parking available