Hidden down an alley, under an building complex in Fukuoka is the fantastic Frisco Burger, which offers classic 1960’s style hamburgers.
Frisco Burger was originally based in Tokyo, but moved to Fukuoka in 2011 “kind of by accident” to quote the owner, Mr Morisaki. It’s original home in Shimokitazawa was an old building due for demolition, and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake spurred a moved back west, at least for the time being. Prior to this, Mr Morisaki lived in the USA for 37 years, and Frisco Burger recreates the hamburgers he first enjoyed there in the 1970’s, which have long since disappeared into the shadow of giant fast-food chains.
The burgers served at Frisco are simple in style, but incredible in taste. Made of 2 types of Australian beef, both personally selected by Morisaki-san and seasoned with salt & pepper, the burgers are cooked on a charcoal grill behind the counter to add a great BBQ flavour. I went for the double cheeseburger & beer set, 2,150 yen, which got me a portion of great-tasting fries and a nice refreshing Sapporo to enjoy it with.
It was early afternoon on a Wednesday when we visited, and we were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves, as he cooked our food we enjoyed a long chat with Mr Morisaki, who is a really nice and interesting guy. Seeing our food prepared right in front of us was great too.
As always, I was blown away by the size of my burger – I’ll never learn to just order regular! The burger was served in an unsweetened bun, with a bit of mustard spread on, and garnished with:
Interestingly, it’s the first place I’ve been to place the salad under the burgers. The salad additions went perfectly with the high quality meat, and coupled with the chargrilled taste and smell, it made for one fantastic burger.
Dining at Frisco Burger was a great experience, not only for the top-notch food but for the very friendly and personable experience Mr Morisaki made it. He expressed interest in opening a store in Kobe one day, and I really hope he does as I need Frisco burgers in my life!