Review excerpt: Togenkyo is essentially an updated version of a kissaten. Known for their idiosyncratic interiors, kissaten are places where an owner can showcase their personal tastes. Just inside the door at Togenkyo is a fish pond in a beautiful big stone basin, and ...

Review excerpt: Sarasa Nishijin is a sentō (bathhouse) — well, it used to be. But using the past tense here belies how much of its old spirit still lives on. The waters may have drained away — replaced by sofas, tables, chairs and people ...

Reivew excerpt: Chef Susumu Shimizu slowly, patiently rests the meat for hours over a low heat, adjusting the position and temperature with the expertise of a true master. The results at Restaurant Anis are spectacular: tender but still rare, with all the flavor and ...

Review excerpt: The first time I visited Panhead’s was more than five years ago, but not much has changed. Even back then it was the burgers that lured me. Panmas has been making his style of burgers — “artisanal” burgers with an emphasis on ...

Vector and Vector Beer Factory, which are almost neighbors, both serve exclusively Japanese craft beer at some of the lowest prices in Tokyo — only slightly offset by a ¥300 seating charge. The older of the two, Vector, has 10 taps.

Review excerpt: Hyakushokuya, “100 meal shop,” makes 100 meals a day — and that’s it. The daily challenge for staff is to make and serve them as fast possible, so that they can take the rest of the day off. It seems that this ...

Review excerpt: Grill Aoi is often described as a yōshuku (Western food) joint, but that’s a bit of a misnomer. Yes, the bulk of the menu is Western-themed: steaks, hamburgers, croquettes, potato salad, fries and fried shrimp. But, as with nearly all guriru the ...

The cafe, or “Chocolat Bar,” as it’s called in Bel Amer parlance, is on the second floor. But getting to the small flight of stairs that takes you there might take a while — the shop on the ground floor has hundreds of varieties ...

Meandering north along winding backstreets takes me to the last stop of the night: Big Love. This record shop has a small coffee stand and three taps serving craft beer from Shiga Kogen, another Nagano brewery. After flipping through some records, I wander over ...

For the second summer in a row, Nagano-based Yo-Ho Brewing Co. will be hosting the Omohara Beer Forest on the Plaza's outdoor terrace eight stories above street level. From June 24 to Sept. 4, patrons will be able to sip Yo-Ho's flagship and award-winning ...

More beer cafe than bar, PDX Taproom, which opened in November of 2015, is the perfect place for an afternoon pint while you ponder the popularity of artisanal beer. PDX’s recipe for success? Portland. The taproom exclusively serves Oregon beers on all 10 of ...

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