Editor’s Note: Oldwest Cafe is now in its third incarnation. If you’ve been around awhile you’ll remember it as 50′s Cafe in its first location between Kadena and Courtney, which closed down in 2010 and reopened in Koza Music City outside Kadena Gate 2 as Oldwest Cafe (as described below). This restaurant shut its doors in summer 2012 but now it’s back as 50′s Cafe once again, this time located in American Village. If you’re looking for the same great owner and food in its new location, please take a look at our most current post.
CONTRIBUTED BY TASHA GUNN
Craving a good ‘ole fashioned homemade hamburger? You should venture on out to Oldwest Cafe. The owner of this restaurant, Mr. Hayashi, used to own the 50′s Cafe by Koza Music Town. His new restaurant has a country ambience from the moment you walk in the room with western music playing while you eat. That fits this Texas girl just fine! The restaurant is decorated with license plates from around the U.S. and photos/posters of famous actors from the cowboy movies of the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s.
Now, let’s get down to business: the food. He has a variety of hamburgers offered and fixed the way you like them. The burgers are made with 100% prime beef, so the burger melts in your mouth when you bite into it. The buns are toasted and the vegetables are so succulent and fresh. You can order the Original Burger, the American Cheeseburger, the Chili Cheeseburger, the Bacon Cheeseburger, the Double Cheeseburger and if you are feeling really hungry, the Big Cowboy Burger.
If your family is like mine, sometimes we all want to order different things. Other items on the menu include: burrito rice, shrimp rice, pancakes, eggs, bacon and french toast. Oldwest also has a full service bar, to include $5 bottles of beer. In the future, they plan to expand the menu to include a children’s menu as well. Hope you will enjoy this cafe as much as I do, because it definitely gives me a taste of home & much cheaper than the $1,500 air fare ticket!
Hours: Closed Monday. Tuesday-Friday 1100-2130; Saturday & Sunday 1000-2130
Website: http://oldwestcafe.ti-da.net/ (mostly in Japanese though)
Payment: Yen and American dollars, no credit cards (Yen rate is better than actual rate, some items are even $1 to 100 Yen)
Directions: (NEW!) It’s now in American Village. To get there, turn towards the west at the Four Seasons intersection. Follow it all the way to the back and take a right (last right) at the new Vessel Hotel. You will see the neon 50′s sign to your left past the new Weng Beng. Park in front of the 3 story building & you can walk to his place.
It is overlooking the water & has a gorgeous view!!! Same great burgers, french toast & pancakes.