International interpretations of American culture can lead to popular new forms, such as Italy's spaghetti-Western films, as well as terrible failures, such as Holland's cumbersome wooden cowboy boots. Savor a successful spin on U.S. culture with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Japanese-style hamburgers and fries at Gabutto Burger in Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights.
Gabutto Burger's sandwich whizzes create an exotic range of quarter-pound patties, which they blend from beef and pork and nestle between made-to-order buns. Teriyaki-wasabi burgers ($6.95 for a combo) resuscitate the stale burger genre, and the teriyaki-egg burger's fusion of patty and organic sunny-side-up egg ($3.95) is the most thrilling example of breakfast-lunch fusion since lunkfast. Sip one of 16 yogurt shakes ($2.95), or sink fangs into a phalanx of shrimp ($4.50) or organic-tofu ($3.95) patties, bedecked in house-made sauces. Fortify meals with fries in one of eight flavors, including wasabi and curry ($2.35 for a regular serving), or a moat made of gravy.
Though burgers might seem out of place at a Japanese supermarket, you'd be best served to throw those preconceptions aside and seek out Gabutto Burger's yellow façade in the food court at Mitsuwa Marketplace. These burgers are made from a blend of pork and beef for a juicier patty. To dress these sandwiches, the staff crafts sauces such as a Japanese-style teriyaki and a slowly simmered demi-glace. The burgers are made to order and arranged on bakery-fresh buns, then garnished with Asian-style toppings such as korean pepper paste and wasabi. French fries, too, are nothing ordinary, in flavors such as curry and cheese and garlic and butter.
Look for "MITSUWA" sign
100 E Algonquin Rd.
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005