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American Gastronomy: Avocado & Salsa Hamburger at Tequila’s Diner in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Good general cleanliness
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive but very good value
Strong points: Tex-Mex gastronomy of superior quality. Doubles up as bar in evenings

Today saw some dog day’s weather with an insistent cold rain to make you feel reaaly reasonable.
That is when I suddenly felt a craving for a hamburger for lunch! I mean a real one!
And there is only one place to go then in Shizuoka City!

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A little time slip…

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keep your eyes open at daytime and nighttime! You will certainly discover something to your liking!

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There is a lot of offerings even for lunch!
This time I tried something new: Avocado n’ Salsa with an extra drink!

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Beer, of course!

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The lunch set also included some coleslaw and cold grilled chicken!

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The Avocado n’ Salsa Hamburger!

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Fresh and tender avocado and more vegetables for appetizing colors!

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The avocado above wipped dressing cream!

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The salsa under the avocado and cream dressing!

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Plenty of fresh vegetables under the meat!
Always appreciated!

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The fried onions add some welcome sweetness to the whole balance!

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And nicely seasoned fried potatoes!

To be continued… naturally! Still more dishes to explore including some yummy hot dogs!

TEQUILA’S DINER
420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 8-6 (near Aoba Park Street), ACT 7, 1F
Tel.: 054–255-7595
Business hours: 12:00~14:00, 18:00~24:00
Closed on Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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American Gastronomy: Tequila’s Diner in Shizuoka City (The Sequel)!

Fish and chips! American-style?

Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Good general cleanliness
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive but very good value
Strong points: Tex-Mex gastronomy of superior quality. Doubles up as bar in evenings

As promised I went again to Tequila’s Diner to explore more of their menu!

In day time!
Actually this article is a combination of two reports in late afternoon and evening, and I still have only scratched the depth of their carte!

At night!

A peek inside although I favor the small table outside on the terrace!

“French Fried potatoes”!
I must say they are above average!
Great with beer!

Grab the menu!

And check the specialties written in English!

Inside check the “Lunch Of The Day” as you can also order it at night!

This is Japan!
Tequila’s Diner Shochu!

Impressive collection of MONIN liqueurs for cocktails!

Turkeys don’t last long there!

Actually you can visit the place for drinks only!

Deep-fried beer-marinated tripes! A discovery!

Fish and Chips, American-style!

As good as the British and Irish ones!

The little but important detail!

Great composite vegetable salads for well-balanced meals!

Now, their nachos are absolutely scrumptious!

And well-balanced!

Even the back looks so yummy! A good sign!

And they sell exquisite T-shirts for the collectors!

To be continued… naturally!

TEQUILA’S DINER
420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 8-6 (near Aoba Park Street), ACT 7, 1F
Tel.: 054–255-7595
Business hours: 12:00~14:00, 18:00~24:00
Closed on Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Karaage Chicken-Deep-fried Chicken by the Dragon (the real one!)

Karaage Chicken/Japanese-style deep-fried chicken is not much of a mistery. The recipe to obtain a properly fried chicken with a juicy and steaming flesh is quite easy.
The Dragon (the real one!), that is, the Missus, had to prepare some food for lunch as her family was visiting us for lunch today which was a National Holiday.

As I was on shopping duty yesterday, I bought four pieces of chicken momo/thigh. I got them already rid of their bone and opened. If you buy them with the bone, choose them large. With a very sharp knife make a full cut lengthwise and detach the flesh from the bone into one block.
Leave their skin on!
In a vinyl pouch pour an equal amount of cornstach and rice flour. Mix well.
You may of course use your own mix, be it flour, panko, breadcrumbs or what else. The Missus does not usually any form of batter.
Drop the whole chciken pieces (you may cut them in small pieces beforehand if you wish, but that will make the process a bit burdensome) inside the vynil pouch and mix well to have the chicken wholly coated in cornstarch and rice flour mixture.

Now come the little trick!
There is no need to prepare a whole deep pan of oil. If you have it, fine, but it is far better to “shallow fry” in no more than a 1 cm deep oil in a frypan large enough to comfortably cook one piece at a time.
Drop the piece of chicken skin down (VERY IMPORTANT!) and fry. With a spoon pour oil from the frypan over thechicken all the time.
Check if the skin has reached a crispy light brown. If so, turn it over with large chopsticks and cook it still pouring oil over the exposed side with a spoon.
Once the piece has reached a nice light brown, take it out of the oil and place it on a grill to let the oil drip away.
Proceeed the same way with the other pieces.
Once you have finished the fourth piece the first should have cooled down enough.
Drop the first piece again in the oil and fry till you reach a perfectly uniform brown color on both sides. No need to pour oil over it then.
Take the piece out and place it on some kitchen paper to soak out the oil.
Once you have deep-fried all the four pieces (I’m saying four but the number is not important!) slice them and place them on a serving dish.

The chicken should be steaming and pour out some of its juices.

Before frying the Dragon had prepared a sauce by frying finely chopped echalottes (red onion would be fine) in olive oil. Once the echalottes had become translucent she switched off the fire and added rice vinegar, Thai sweet and hot chili dressing and funely chopped thin leeks.
She poured the whole dressing all over the chicken before serving
As you can see this it is pretty easy and adaptable.
The little secret is the two-step cooking in shallow oil.
Deep-frying in deep oil may be fine but there is always a danger of the chicken cooking too fast if you are not absolutely vigilant!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Hamburgers in Shizuoka 3: Tequila’s Diner!

Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Good general cleanliness
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive but very good value
Strong points: Tex-Mex gastronomy of superior quality. Doubles up as bar in evenings

These past years, for the pleasure of quality-minded hamburger lovers, we are witnessing the emergence of new diners (as they say in the States) which not only have the merit not to be part of chain stores with all the consequent disappointments, but which also endeavor to serve full and appetizing repasts in a slow enough manner to guarantee unhurried satisfaction.

I had meant to visit Tequila’s Diner in Aoi ku, Shizuoka City for quite some time, especially at lunch.
The problem is that it is really busy and the waiting is long, it being slow food!

They do make an effort at their English!

Pick your sign!

The menu is clearly posted outside! A plus, definitely!

And written in both languages!

I had decided on my order before entering the place!

The Japanese customers prefer to sit inside in a congested room sitting about 14~16 people but I wouldn’t give away that small table outside to anyone!
The place was full so the table outside was gladly agreed with on my request!
The Chef even asked me if I wanted the parasol fit in for me (which I declined!)
Next time I’ll make sure to have the same place in the evening!
For all his tattoos and scars, Chef Chihirou Okamoto is a shy and friendly bloke always ready to serve!

For 200 more yen I got a glass of beer and one soft drink and two small appetizers!

My “Tequila’s Favorite” order!

I noted with pleasure that the fried potatoes were not served with the usual mountain of salt but with just enough salt and black pepper!

The appetizers: corn salad and ham on coleslaw!

No, I didn’t use my hands but ate the whole the slow way with fork and knife!

The egg was fried to perfection, although I’m sure you can request it cooked longer for those who don’t like runny eggs!

Being from Bourgogne I always add mustard on my potatoes!

I told you that a good hamburger is a full meal: bread, Fresh and cooked vegetables, beef, bacon, cheese and egg!

I’m definitely planning to come back soon one evening with an American friend and enjoy real American food outside, away from the smoke!

TEQUILA’S DINER
420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 8-6 (near Aoba Park Street), ACT 7, 1F
Tel.: 054–255-7595
Business hours: 12:00~14:00, 18:00~24:00
Closed on Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery