New Eagle Café Continues to PleaseFeatures Inside Feature
January 5, 2014
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
Back in 1960, patrons who flocked to Eagles Café in downtown Honolulu’s Blaisdell Hotel on Fort Street could order up a New York Cut Sirloin Steak with French Fries for a few dollars and some pocket change.
While times and the cost of living in paradise certainly have changed over the five-plus decades since, diners still can find the same quality food and affordable prices at New Eagle Café. In fact, a majority of the original menu items are still available for long-time customers and new generations of diners alike to enjoy.
The popular eatery currently resides in Nimitz Center, conveniently situated along Nimitz Highway in the heart of one of Honolulu’s bustling business districts. Owner Tae Im took over operations in late 2012, and continues the restaurant’s rich legacy of serving stellar local favorites while providing excellent customer service. The restaurateur is well aware of the rich history New Eagle Café has established through more than 80 years in Honolulu, and still possesses one of the restaurant’s vintage menus — it’s so old that the phone number used back then were composed of just five digits.
“I definitely want to continue the tradition of the restaurant and carry the torch, so to say,” Im says when describing New Eagle Café, which specializes in local comfort food made fresh to order.
Im and the friendly staff at New Eagle Café serve up breakfast daily from 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday until noon. Tasty dishes grace the breakfast menu, including Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Coconut Cream Syrup ($5.95 for one piece, $6.95 for two and $7.95 for three). The fluffy hotcakes are topped with rich, chopped macadamia nuts and smothered with sweet syrup.
“It’s a trend now for restaurants to offer ‘off-the-wall’ breakfast items, so I wanted to switch things up,” Im explains of the dish that made its debut last summer. “We introduced the Macadamia Nut Pancakes, and it’s been very popular so far.”
Those looking for a healthier option to begin the day may reach for Grilled Miso Butterfish ($11.25), one of New Eagle Café’s Japanese Breakfast combos. The fresh fish is accompanied by miso soup, tsukemono, tossed salad and rice.
“This is a traditional Asian breakfast for those who may prefer something that’s not so greasy or heavy,” Im says. “It’s a very healthy alternative for those looking to stay away from a lot of fat or sugar.”
A host of local favorites grace the lunch and dinner menus, including Loco Moco ($11.50). The island-style concoction features a large, homemade hamburger patty over a hearty bed of rice all smothered in gravy and topped with two eggs. Customers may also enjoy Breakfast Loco Moco ($8.65) in a smaller portion to start the day.
New Eagle Café offers a wide range of daily specials that are updated regularly. One of the popular specials available both Thursday and Saturday is Braised Short Ribs with Spanish Sauce ($14.50). The savory dish features a flavorful sauce encompassing the tender short ribs, and is accompanied by a choice of white or brown rice, mashed potatoes or french fries, as well as a vegetable selection.
First-time visitors and loyal diners also enjoy a slew of daily entrée options available for lunch and dinner, including Garlic Chicken ($11.50), which features a savory garlic sauce over boneless chicken. Those in search of a healthier alternative will find comfort in Chicken Caesar Salad ($10.75).
New Eagle Café is pleased to announce that it has acquired a liquor license, and is slated to offer beer and select wines starting Jan. 17.
To learn more about the restaurant, check on daily specials, view the menu and find out about special events and happenings at New Eagle Café, call 545-2233 or 545-1136, or log on to NewEagleCafeHawaii.com.
New Eagle Café
1130 N. Nimitz Hwy. A100
545-2233 or 545-1136
Open daily from 8 a.m. (Monday-Friday) and 6 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
to 9 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and 10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday).