Review excerpt: The patties at Mikkeller Kanda are all prepared in-house, using Japanese beef that’s ground daily as needed. They’re firm and flavorful, browned on the outside but with just enough moist meat inside.

Review excerpt: Cafe Y offers a Morning Set for ¥600, but we order the double-sized American-style Breakfast (¥1,000), which consists of scrambled eggs, bacon or ham, toast, a piece of fruit — usually a banana — and coffee.

Review excerpt: Shonan's Gold'n Bub is an compact, easygoing brewpub close to Chigasaki Station that has steadily built up a loyal local following since moving here two years ago from nearby Tsujido.

Review excerpt: For a savory dish at Hood by Vargas, try its New York beef sandwich — it’s small, but packs a lot between the toasted slices of bread.

Review excerpt: Locale sources its pork from Kagoshima and lamb from Hokkaido and veal from a ranch in Iwate. Look out for her Saitama quail, too.

Review excerpt: At Southern Peas, carnivores can go for gumbo, but don’t neglect the barbecue spare ribs, which come slathered in a rich red wine sauce.

Review excerpt: Instead of boosting the beef patties with artificial additives, more natural, umami-rich ingredients are used at Umami Burger, such as soy sauce and porcini mushrooms. The basic eponymous burger is served with shiitake, roast tomato and a crisp disk of Parmesan cheese.

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