Prior to a camping trip on the Olympic Peninsula last summer, my friends Aaron, Maryam, and Aaron's boss (though surely a friend as well), Neil, and I went shopping for culinary supplies in the SODO neighborhood of Seattle. Mid-day, we stopped at Katsu Burger, a Japanese burger joint located in Georgetown. Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish of breaded, deep-fried pork (although chicken is often a suitable substitute); it then comes as no surprise that each burger (your choice of beef, pork, chicken or tofu) is coated with Panko and deep-fried before being placed on a bun with various tasty toppings. I chose a Wabi Wasabi with creamy pepper jack, crisp shredded cabbage, juicy tomato, subtle wasabi mayonnaise, and sweet 'n' spicy tonkatsu sauce with a "whaaaaaaaat?!" kinako (roasted soybean flour) and black sesame shake on the side. It was unlike any burger and shake I've ever had. Ever. Hey Seattleites, Katsu Burger is open from 11a-9p daily. I'll see you there.
Katsu Burger is located at 6538 4th Ave S in Seattle, Washington.