After a few days of soft openings, today is the official opening day for Capitol Hill’s Katsu Burger outpost, the company confirmed for Eater. It's on 12th Ave just off of E Pike St, in the former home of The Old Sage.
Like the mini-chain's other three locations, expect a fusion menu revolving around patties that are breaded and deep-fried in the katsu method popular in Japan and Hawaii. Though katsu traditionally involves chicken, Katsu Burger takes the practice to new heights by dropping every patty into the deep fryer.
Add to that sauces like tonkatsu, Japanese mayo, teriyaki, miso honey mustard, curry mayo, and wasabi mayo, plus toppings like pineapple, bacon, cabbage, tomatoes, red onions, and pickles, and you have the makings of enormous, decadent burgers. There’s also the towering, deep-fried insanity known as the Mt. Fuji burger, made with two katsu beef patties.
Sides include the company's famous nori fries, wasabi coleslaw, and "Banzai Bites," which are the house play on chicken nuggets. You can also expect beer, sake, and milkshakes, like the business' bright green matcha version. Hungry yet?
One welcome difference is that the new Capitol Hill restaurant will post later hours to accommodate bar crowds. Closing time will be 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; the other Katsu Burger locations close at 9 p.m. daily.
You may recall that Katsu Burger was once extinct, only to be resurrected by a new owner, Stephanie Kang. Kang not only breathed new life into the original Georgetown location, but also expanded to Bellevue and Lynnwood before adding her Capitol Hill venue.
1410 12th Ave, website. Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.