New Specials, Drinks Now AvailableColumns Foodie Fare
May 19, 2013
Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
Although the restaurant already boasts more than 110 items on its breakfast menu alone, Eggs ‘n Things never seems to stop wanting to create new dishes. The restaurant, which has long been regarded as a go-to breakfast spot, often offers a set of specials in addition to its regular menu in an effort to provide even more variety.
Eggs ‘n Things breakfast dishes are offered all day — and they include standby classics such as the famous fluffy pancakes — but that is no reason to miss out on its other meal offerings. And with some recent additions to the specials list that include a number of lunch and dinner items, now is your chance to expand your horizons.
A new dish that made its appearance on the specials board just about a week ago is Island Style Fried Saimin ($12.95), which is a mixture of vegetables, Spam, fish cake and green onion — all topped with two eggs.
Chicken Cutlet with Mushrooms and Onions ($12.95) is another new dish that has been receiving positive feedback. It features breaded chicken breast with brown gravy, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and your choice of rice, potatoes, pancakes, green salad or potato salad.
“The Chicken Cutlet has been on the menu for about two weeks, and we have had a lot of positive comments,” says manager Robby Takahashi.
Another item from the current specials board that is not to be missed is Ahi Salad ($13.90; $8.95 without ahi), which features tender slices of seared ahi accented with a Cajun coating. The salad also includes cucumbers and carrots — all topped with a poke ranch dressing.
For a dessert or a late-night treat, try Deep Fried Banana Split ($11.95, add $3 for a la mode), which makes interesting use of the restaurant’s pancake batter: Two full bananas are dipped in the batter and fried.
The eatery now has three locations — two in Waikiki and a recent addition on Piikoi Street.
And just a few weeks ago, Eggs ‘n Things acquired its liquor license, and already is taking full advantage of it by offering a range of beers, champagnes and wines. For great deals, stop in for happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.
“People have to try the Pineapple or Guava Hibiscus Mimosa ($11 each or $9 during happy hour),” Takahashi says.
If you prefer beer, order up a Kona Longboard ($4.95 or $3.50 during happy hour).
“A lot of the wines and the items that we picked go well with pretty much everything on the menu,” he says. “We were very selective on the items that we chose.”
While there are a lot of new things to look forward to at Eggs ‘n Things, a lot of what has made it famous is here to stay.
“Some of our signature items that have been with us since the beginning are Spinach, Bacon and Cheese Omelet, Strawberry Whip Cream Pancakes with Macadamia Nuts, and our Loco Moco,” Takahashi says.
On the Side
What Eggs ‘n Things manager Robby Takahashi says about the restaurant when it was founded in 1974 by Jan and Jerry Fukunaga could easily apply today: “They had a passion for cooking, and providing quality products and great service.”
The modern-day Eggs ‘n Things still has all of those qualities — and now with even more menu options and larger venues.
“They started a small eight-table restaurant and it grew from there,” Takahashi explains of the eatery’s origins.
With lines often stretching around the corner at the initial location, the Fukunagas soon expanded to a larger site before seeking an even larger location — where it still stands, on Saratoga Road in Waikiki.
“Shortly after that, there were a lot of suggestions and comments from our guests about being able to do takeout,” Takahashi explains.
With that in mind, Eggs ‘n Things opened up the Waikiki Beach Eggspress location on Kalakaua Avenue.
“The setup of the restaurant is a little different — it provides quicker service, and we feature takeout pretty much nonstop throughout the entire day,” he says.
The Ala Moana location was born out of customers’ desires to have an Eggs ‘n Things that was more convenient and accessible to locals. Opened last November, the Ala Moana location has proven to be just that. The Piikoi Street restaurant is not only centrally located, but also Eggs ‘n Things customers can park anywhere in Ala Moana Center.
Although Eggs ‘n Things has a rich history in the Islands, don’t expect the popular eatery to stay stagnant. Eggs ‘n Things patrons always will have new specials to look forward to — some of which are created based on customer suggestions.
“We are constantly tinkering with new menu items, and looking to improve and grow,” says Takahashi.
Eggs ‘n Things
343 Saratoga Road
Daily, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.
451 Piikoi St.
Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to midnight
EGGS ‘N THINGS WAIKIKI BEACH EGGSPRESS
2464 Kalakaua Ave.
Daily, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m.