Excerpt from the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot, October 8, 1998
Sluggers are satisfied at Newport’s Cappy’s CafĂ©
by Nancy Cheever

"When I was a college student and bartending at the Newport Beach Mariott, my route to work took me down Pacific Coast Highway. Every Saturday, I traveled through Newport Shores, passing Newport Burger, surfers dodging cars, and hungry patrons waiting for a seat at Cappy's Cafe.

I always imagined that Cappy's must serve some of the most extraordinary food to have lines that long. Ther restaurant was always packed and I purposely avoided going there because of that. But years and thousands of ordinary breakfasts later, I decided to endure the lines and see what everybody was waiting for.

The place is still packed on weekends with patient patrons pouring out onto the sidewalk. Once inside, friendly young servers who don't look like they eat much scamper about the blue and white nautical-themed restaurant, which was more stark than I imagined it to be.

Tables and booths occupy the shaped space, and a well-stocked bar in the corner offers eye-opening bloody Marys and screwdrivers.

I had heard a rumor that famous sports stars drop by the place frequently - the ever-present notion surely luring in curious customers - but I never imagined I would actually see one.

My brother-in-law just about flipped when we ran into heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis* sitting quietly in the corner chowing down on one of Cappy's excellent breakfasts.

And an hour after we left, The Worm himself, Dennis Rodman, showed up with companion Carmen Elektra.* Owner Nick Panagakis said the likes of Lewis, The Worm, Mark McGwire and Chuck Finley eat at Cappy's because they "get what they want."

Part of the lure for those big sports stars might be the generous portions and attention paid to making sure all the food is fresh and healthy and that low-fat options are on the menu.

When Panagakis took over the business in 1991, he not only remodeled the inside and outside, but he also put in a new patio for outside dining and mirrored walls. As for the menu, he added more healthy choices like chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes. He also increased the portions and offered high-protein/low-fat options such as six- and eight-egg white omelets.

[…] Even if you don’t run into McGwire, stop by Cappy’s for a tasty meal. It’s worth the wait."

DISCLAIMER: The celebrities mentioned in this article are in no way affiliated with the restaurant. This is merely a reproduction of the article as it was written.