All photographs taken by Robert-Gilles Martineau
Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Good general cleanliness. Excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive but very good value
Strong points: Tex-Mex gastronomy of superior quality. Doubles up as bar in evenings.
If you are a visitor or resident, and true meat lover, and want to take a break with all the beautiful sushi and other superlative Japanese gastronomy in Shizuoka Prefecture, the place to visit day and night is Tequila’s Diner in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, next to Aoba Park Street!
The regular menu and extras will take you some time to read through and even more to choose from!
First of all, and probably most important, Chef Chihiro Okamoto’s patties are made with hand-chopped meat of first quality which might explain the somewhat high prices, but they are far helthier and tasty that some found in notorious diners!
Moreover, all vegetables are local and the buns baked by local bakers!
Chihiro goes as far as reducing salt for his kid customers!
To make a very long story short, let me introduce the yummy morsels I have personally savored and convince you to visit the place!
A little folly: Crazy Double Decker!
For big appetites!
Double patty and double sliced cheddar cheese!
I know a lot of American and Canadian friends who would come just to sample those beautiful chili (not really hot, thanks!) beans!
New York Blue Strip Burger!
“Raising the cap” you will discover a whole steak, grilled semi-rare, cut in strips. And plenty of it!
Better eaten with fork and knife!
Mushroom melt hamburger!
Once again you will better off using a fork and knife!
The Avocado n’ Salsa Hamburger!
Fresh and tender avocado and more vegetables for appetizing colors!
A classic: “Tequila’s Favorite”
I always say that a good hamburger is a full meal: bread, Fresh and cooked vegetables, beef, bacon, cheese and egg!
From time to time you will be able to savor limited hamburgers such as this New Zealand lamb and blue cheese hamburger!
The New Zealand lamb patty with the blue cheese and more vegetables for a great balance!
bear in mind that Tequila’s Diner is not all about superlative hamburgers but also aboutgreat tidbits such as this one-foot long Quadruple Cheese Dog!
Now, the big difference is that the sausages are exclusively home-made, not some cheap canned stuff!
Fish and chips! American-style?
Deep-fried beer-marinated tripes! A discovery!
Great composite vegetable salads for well-balanced meals!
Now, their nachos are absolutely scrumptious!
To conclude: “French Fried potatoes”!
I must say they are above average!
Great with beer!
And don’t forget to mention if you want less salt!
Chef Chihiro Okamoto
420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 8-6 (near Aoba Park Street), ACT 7, 1F
Business hours: 12:00~14:00, 18:00~24:00
Small and big parties welcome on reservations
Small outside lodge can be made non-smoking
Kids’ special lunch (with little salt) available!
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