katsu burger – ohayou gozaimasu

In the month of planning before the trip to Seattle/Portland, I read a good amount about Katsu Burger. When we started to place all our intended eats on a map, I was bummed out to see how it was not exactly in downtown Seattle. Plans to go to Katsu Burger were chalked up as tentative, since there were lots of wedding activities and much closer burgers to eat.

I finally got my eyes on a menu two days before going and I told my friend that we HAD to go. The concept at this place is so neat and crazy but it could totally work if pulled off properly.

For those of you who don’t know, (ton)katsu is traditionally a pork cutlet which has been breaded and fried. This place serves the meat in their burgers, katsu style. They are dipped in a tempura batter and coated in panko before deep frying. The burgers, sans the “katsu style” meat, are served like regular ones, with bread and toppings. The burgers here all have Japanese inspiration/influence and are topped with sauces like Kewpie mayo, tonkatsu sauce, or teriyaki. Their menu has specific meats for their burgers but you can swap whichever meat you want. The options are the beef, marinated tofu, or brined chicken & pork.

There were so many burgers and it took us a bit to figure out which ones we wanted to try (We were sharing many of these meals, not eating multiples burgers in one sitting, haha. Not that you’d put that past me, of course). Since we didn’t have breakfast that morning, we were pretty hungry and went with two Ohayou Gozaimasus.

Ohayou Gozaimasu means Good Morning in Japanese, so most of the ingredients would be what you’d expect from a breakfast burger. Served on a locally baked sesame seeded kaiser roll is the katsu prepared beef patty, cheddar, fried egg, thick cut bacon, Kewpie mayo, tonkatsu sauce, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, red onion, and pickles. She went with the beef and I swapped for pork in mine.

These burgers weren’t just beautiful, they were also some of the best ones I’ve ever had. All the flavors really complimented each other well. I certainly enjoyed the pork over the beef, as katsu is traditionally served with pork cutlets and it was tender and full of flavor while maintaining a crispy outside. Not trying to downplay the beef, of course, since that was still a very tasty burger, it just didn’t have as crispy of an outside.

In addition to our burgers, we got a side of fries, wasabi coleslaw, and a black sesame milkshake. The shoestring fries come with your choice of three different seasonings (sea salt, curry, or nori) and a dipping sauce (Kewpie mayo, tonkatsu sauce, curry mayo, teriyaki sauce, miso honey mustard, wasabi mayo, sriracha sauce, or spicy mayo). We got the curry fries with curry mayo. Both very tasty though we didn’t finish em (the portion was huge). The black sesame milkshake was great as was the wasabi coleslaw.

I haven’t been that happy after consuming a burger in a while. Despite being in a small strip mall next to a convenience store, the space had a lot of burger/Japanese art on the walls and super friendly staff. This place alone makes me want to be in Seattle even more.

If you’re a burger fan and are planning to be in Seattle, take the trip down to Katsu Burger, I promise it’s worth it!

Oh, I was so happy that this also happened. Thanks for the photo Denise!

Katsu Burger
6538 4th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98108

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dick’s drive-in – dick’s deluxe

Dick’s Drive-In is an institution in Seattle. There are several locations, are open late, serve burgers, and are very easy on your wallet! Since we were staying in Capitol Hill, there was conveniently one close by. They’ve got a short four item burger menu with shakes, ice cream, and drinks. The main staples on their burger menu are the Dick’s Deluxe and the Dick’s Special. Both have shredded lettuce, mayo, and a chopped pickle. The difference is that the Deluxe has two 1/4 lb. patties (fresh, not frozen) and yellow American cheese, while the Special has a single, cheeseless patty.

I went with a Dick’s Deluxe and an order of fries. It’s nothing fancy, but it was a tasty, fast food style burger. The housecut shoestring fries are definitely worth getting, too.

The Deluxe costs you $2.70 and the fries are $1.50. Not bad at all. A much better choice than a late night McDonald’s burger, if you ask me.

Dick’s Drive-In
115 Broadway East
Seattle, WA 98102

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red mill burgers

Almost two weeks ago, I began my trip to the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle and Portland, with dining partner, Denise, to eat as much as we could. Well, that and to go to a close friend’s wedding. Prior to our trip, we put together long lists of places to eat and drink. Not surprisingly, most of the places were burger joints. It was tough to take some off the list, but it had to be done. The next couple posts, if not most, will be covering some of the burgers and other food we had out there.

Anyway, Red Mill Burgers was definitely was not coming off that list. We visited their Interbay location, just north of the golf center. Their other location is further north in Phinney Ridge. The menu consists of beef, chicken, and veggie burgers in addition to sides and shakes. The two that caught our eyes were the Red Mill Deluxe w/ Cheese and the Red Onion Jam Burger. Denise got the Deluxe and I went with the Red Onion Jam. I was under the assumption that we were going to do halfsies…

The Red Onion Jam Burger consists of a 1/4 lb. flame broiled patty, caramelized red onions, lettuce, tomato, and Mill sauce (a housemade smoky mayo) on a kaiser bun. It was alright, but that was the problem. I found nothing special about this burger that would make me want to get it again.

The Red Mill Deluxe on the other hand, holy crap. The Deluxe also has a 1/4 lb. flame broiled patty but is topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and Mill Sauce on a seeded bun. I used to be a much chubbier, larger individual in middle school when I would consume fast food like it was nothing. Burger King Whoppers were one of the burgers I would eat a good amount of. Why is this relevant? The Red Mill Deluxe had the flavor profile of a BK Whopper…but so much better. It tasted great. Better than the Red Onion Jam Burger, that’s for sure. I had one, maybe two bites and Denise finished the rest…(I wanted more.)

The fries unfortunately were nothing special. If you’re feeling hungry just get another burger instead!

I wish we had more time in Seattle. I want a Red Mill Deluxe w/ Cheese…all to myself.

Red Mill Burgers
1613 W Dravus St.
Seattle, WA 98119

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