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While ramen is clearly the center of the food universe, there’s plenty of other awesome food out there. “Not ramen” features plenty of Japanese soul food, from soba to curry rice. But you’ll also find info on Taipei’s famous night markets, amazing tacos in Seoul, or even burgers in Hokkaido.

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    Wacky Hakodate Burger Chain “Lucky Pierrot”

    If you find yourself in Hakodate (Hokkaido, Japan), you’d best stop by burger chain “Lucky Pierrot”. They serve up some wacky, mouth-watering fast food, Japanese style. Their burgers are the centerpiece.

    The popular chain’s never felt the need to leave the city of Hakodate, not even expanding to other parts of Hokkaido.

    There are 17 Lucky Pierrot shops in Hakodate, which is impressive for a city of only 240,000 people. All pictures here are from their shop right across the touristy Goryōkaku Tower.

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    Their menu is massive. While their unique burgers are their pride and joy, they also have curry rice, rice omelette (omu rice), hamburg steak, spaghetti, and even rice bowls (don buri).

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    Unfortunately their “Futoccho Hamburger” / tower burger (pictured below) wasn’t available at the time. They market it as the tallest burger in the world. For another day..

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    The “Pierrot” in Lucky Pierrot is French and describes clowns of the 18th century. A clown with glazed eyes (maybe the burger fumes) is featured in their logo.

    Their interior decorating is interesting to say the least…I’m not sure what religious imagery and garish wallpaper have to do with French clowns, but it all makes for a fun fast food experience.

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    The sin of ice cream

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    THE FOOD

    You can start off the party with some katsu (breaded pork cutlet) curry, which is quite delicious.

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    One of their most popular side menu items are the “Lucky Fries”, which are drenched in a white sauce that’s cheese and demi-glace. Not to be missed! They come in a coffee mug too.

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    But the stars of the Lucky Pierrot show are the burgers. Their top selling burger is the “Chinese Chicken Burger”. It’s stuffed with succulent deep-fried chicken and lettuce, brought together with a light, sweet soy sauce and some mayonnaise. I’m not sure what the Chinese connection is, but this Chinese Chicken Burger is excellent. The burger has even bagged some local burger awards.

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    They’ve got plenty of other burgers too, ranging from a Tonkatsu Burger to a “Special” Bacon and Egg burger. Below is their “Hokkaido Genghis Khan Burger”. “Genghis Khan” in Japanese cuisine is grilled mutton. It’s nicely prepared in burger form here.

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    They’ve got a lot of ice cream, so save some room. Below is vanilla ice cream with thinly sliced frozen strawberry bits.

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    Below are details on the Goryōkaku Tower shop and also the shop near Hakodate station. If you walk around Hakodate enough though, you’re bound to come across a Lucky Pierrot. I would recommend going in!

    Goryokaku Tower Shop

    Google Map Link
    Address: 30-14 Goryokakucho Hakodate Hokkaido (北海道 函館市 五稜郭町 30-14)
    Shop Hours: Mon-Fri, Sun: 10:00~12:30 // Sat: 10:00~1:30

    Hakodate Station Shop

    Google Map Link
    Address: 17-12 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido (北海道 函館市 若松町 17-12 函館駅前棒二森屋本館 1F)
    Shop Hours: Mon-Fri, Sun: 10:00~12:30 // Sat: 10:00~1:30

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