I have been hungry for a proper burger since leaving America. For my 77th birthday dinner Keiko and I set out for one of the top Tokyo burger joints, the McLean Old Fashioned Diner located in the Kuramae neighborhood of eastern Tokyo where Keiko grew up.
The burger, fries and onion rings with a beer chaser didn’t disappoint! An unpretentious “greasy spoon” environment with a 1950’s atmosphere added to the enjoyable experience! I felt like a kid again singing along with a great soundtrack; a wonderful trip down memory lane. Proving again that you can take the kid out of New Jersey, but you can’t take New Jersey out of the kid!!
I wonder if Costco-Japan will eventually offer White Castle hamburgers for sale?
Glad to see you are able to celebrate in style!
I recall a burger place in Roppongi that was famous and actually OK. But subsequently more & more local venues and chains became pretty darn good.
Of course, Keiko must favor the Mos Burger, no?
Yes, a great nostalgic time! The burger was good but not great; by far superior to a Mos Burger. Yes, Keiko is still a Mos Burger fan and she ordered a teriyaki burger at McLean!? I went for two patties with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles and a blue cheese sauce (Y1880). I have four other highly regarded burger joints on my list to try but so far making my own at home is the best I can get in Tokyo.
Jeezum, that burger is stacked like an Atlantic City hooker!