Katsu Burger in Georgetown presents a menu full of burgers with eye-catching names that bridge the American and Japanese cultures.
Nestled in the corner of an unassuming strip mall, Katsu Burger is dishing a burger in a class by itself.
The burgers created by Hajime Sato, owner of the well-liked Mashiko Sushi Bar in West Seattle, resemble tonkatsu, a panko-breaded deep-fried pork cutlet.
“I always wanted to do something that bridged the American and Japanese cultures,” Sato said. The burgers are freshly made, not frozen, and all-natural — no growth hormones or antibiotics. Each burger has an eye-catching name.
“Naming is very important,” Sato said. “We created something funny for each burger that people can laugh at and remember by name.”
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The menu: There are 12 burgers on the menu, or you can have a burger made to order by choosing a patty of pork, beef, chicken or tofu, which is deep fried to juicy perfection. Each is garnished with shredded cabbage, tomatoes, red onions and pickles.
Those with a huge appetite can sink their teeth into the Mt. Fuji, which includes one of each of the meat patties, three slices of cheese, bacon, wasabi mayo, spicy mayo and tonkatsu sauce. The Tokyo Tower is packed with two beef patties, two slices of cheese, Japanese mayo and tonkatsu sauce.
What to write home about: The basic Tokyo Classic was a winner. We also enjoyed the Katsu Curry, a pork cutlet, Swiss cheese, curry mayo and tonkatsu sauce; the Ninja Deluxe, a pork cutlet, cheddar cheese, bacon, Japanese mayo and tonkatsu sauce; and the spicy Godzilla Attack with a beef patty, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, spicy mayo and tonkatsu sauce.
The shoestring fries can be ordered plain or with curry seasoning, but you can’t pass up the “nori” seaweed fries. A kid — even adult — favorite were the panko-fried chicken nuggets known as Banzai Bites. The green tea matcha milkshake is a must.
The setting: The dining space is clean and relatively small — 12 chairs and five tables.
Summing up: Four of us had the Tokyo Classic ($6.95); Ninja Deluxe ($8.25); Samurai Select ($7.95); two orders of nori fries ($2.15 each); a Chotto Snack meal consisting of Banzai Bites, fries and drink ($5.95); two sodas ($1.55 each); and a milkshake ($3.95) for $43.09, including tax.
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