50’s Cafe, Uruma City
After stopping by for lunch I can tell you that the food quality is still as high as it was before. The ingredients are exceptionally fresh. The buns are custom ordered from a local bakery, the patties are 100 percent beef, and the lettuce, tomato and onion look like they were picked that day. I can also say that the French fries were crispy and perfectly salted. The overall experience of biting into a 50’s Café burger is the perfect balance between the crunchy texture of the lettuce and grilled buttery bread blending with the smoked char of the beef cooked on an aged seasoned grill.
You also cannot beat the value when you consider these are gourmet quality burgers for much the same price as the fast food counterparts. Most of the main items are around the 500 yen range.
Yet as some things remain the same others are destined to change. The owners have decided to no longer serve any breakfast items, though you can still get great tacos and burrito rice. The Café is also more of a takeout style place. There are a few picnic tables outside and a small bar with stools inside but the seating options are far more modest than before. Parking is also limited as it is only found directly in front of the store.
After my meal I chatted with the owner of 50’s Café, Mr. Oshiro, who explained the reasons for the move and changes. Apparently the location was the primary problem before. Business was great on the weekends but dead on weekdays. It was difficult to maintain a profit so he moved to a busier street and focused on selling quality food for customers on the go. The move has been a challenge as his Japanese clientele has increased but his targeted American base of customers have thinned out. If you enjoy his food, you can do him a favor by spreading the word.
Despite a few noted changes, the food is still delicious enough to warrant stopping by and stepping back into the 50’s Café. All items are displayed on the wall in English with pictures.
Payment: U.S. Dollars or Yen.
Phone: 098-923-2550, Mr. Oshiro speaks very good English.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Closed Mondays.
Website: 50’s Cafe
Directions: 50’s Cafe has moved inside the Don Quixote Mega store in Uruma. You can find the store off the 33 (road that runs from Comprehensive Park past AEON Awase.
502-1 Shioya Hamahara, Uruma, Okinawa 904-2231
Map Coordinates: 26.3474938, 127.8578632
Editor’s Note: The previous review of 50’s Cafe was originally reviewed on Okinawa Hai on February 14, 2013; you can read a PDF copy of that original review HERE. The post below is an updated take on this restaurant in its new location, published December 1, 2014.