Living in Japan, my diet consists of a lot of rice, noodles, meat, and sushi. It’s not a bad thing, but sometimes it’s like “what’s a girl gotta do to get a burger, salad, or Thai food around here?” I mean I can’t exactly hop on a plane to Tokyo every time a craving strikes for different ethnic cuisines. Thankfully, after spending a weekend in Fukuoka (about an hour away from Nagasaki), I got my fix of Western and Mexican food to hold me over for a little while.
First up was a burger from a place I read about online called Hungry Heaven Burger. While a burger isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, I was like rabid dog in search for this place. So rabid that I got there just as they were opening their doors for the day as were a few other people who had been waiting in line before I got there. The place is small and somewhat hidden one street behind a Starbucks and Tsutaya bookstore. The best part is though, that despite its popularity, HHB still has the atmosphere of a local joint.
I sprung for the avocado burger with a side of fries and water (ya know…to make it healthy meal). The burger was literally as tall as my face, and there was no modest way to eat it. I just had to dive in. Trying to eat this burger is what Steven Tyler must of felt like trying to stuff his entire fist in his mouth. Wax paper squares were available to help hold the burger together, but once I was half finished, the paper was soaked through with sauce and useless. And the fries? Oh the fries were fresh out of the frozen pack, oily and greasy just how I loved and remembered them from my childhood days when my grandma would take me to McDonald’s after dance practice. Truthfully though, I’m not really a burger gal. I much prefer a burrito, but now, I have a new favorite burger spot for whenever I visit Fukuoka.