After you try the standard foods of Fukuoka, try these! Eat them all! Popular Fukuoka gourmet food.

Fukuoka, an attractive town for food, Fukuoka, where people visit just to eat.
Adding to the well-known local dishes like Chinese noodles in pork bone soup and giblet hotpot, there are little-known soul foods of Hakata’s people and restaurants like
"Udon tavern" crowded with local people.
From long-established restaurants to the latest trend, we’d like to introduce Fukuoka's finest flavors loved by its local people.

A surprising texture which draws a sharp line from other chicken skewers!

The specialty chicken skin is prepared by repeatedly roasting the skin with and without sauce, which takes as long as 6 days. The skin loses excessive oil, and the surface becomes crispy while the inside is soft and moderately springy. It is delicious with the sauce sunk deep into the skin. There are a variety of yakitori options such as “giblets” and “pork back rib”. Most customers order chicken skin (100 yen) in a 10 piece unit. The low-fat base of the neck part has a light taste so anybody can easily finish 10 pieces. Cabbage comes for free, which is unique in Fukuoka. Cabbage refills are also free.

Kawaya Kego
2-16-10, Kego, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
TEL: 092-741-4567
Open: 17:00〜24:00(L.O.23:30)
Closed: Open every day
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Sparked the local craze for Udon Izakaya.

Though Fukuoka is known for ramen, Udon Izakaya is now booming there. The menu, which fills up a whole wall, displays more than 80 kinds of food including Unzen ham cutlet and stewed beef tendon and various types of alcohol. The last dish to finish the meal is, of course, homemade and handmade udon (thick wheat noodles). If you like, toppings such as goboten are available. Goboten (250 yen) is added on top of Japanese broth udon (550 yen). The homemade noodles using domestic (Itoshima) wheat are chewy! Enjoy with Fukuoka’s local sake. No price is shown because they want customers to order whatever they like without considering the price. They serve according to the customer’s budget and the number of people.

Niwakaya Chosuke
3-7-1, Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
TEL: 092-526-6500
Open: 16:00〜1:00(L.O.12:00)、13:00〜(Sat., Sun., National holidays)
Closed: Tuesday
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Rich chicken and fish soup which goes well with homemade noodles.

Proficient RAMEN shop which appeared in the "Michelin Guide to Fukuoka & Saga 2014". Specially made rich chicken noodles (850 yen, limited to 15 dishes per day), Chinese noodles (750 yen) using curly noodles, and Niku Uchu (meat universe) (700 yen) using fettuccine-type noodles are served during lunch time. There are only 7 counter seats, so sometimes there is a line in front of the restaurant. Specially made rich chicken noodles (820 yen, limited to 15 dishes per day) It uses rich whitish broth taken by boiling a large amount of chicken bones with fish broth made from kelp and dried scallops. The ingredients create a mild texture and an unforgettable deliciousness.

Estate more chateau 1F, 2-4-35, Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
TEL: 092-716-0661
Open: 11:45〜14:00、19:00〜22:00
*Finished when sold out both for lunch hours and dinner hours.
Closed: Sunday
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Iron pan gyoza (chiaotzu) of an old establishment loved for 50 years.

A popular restaurant where people stand in line before it even opens. Bite-sized Hakata gyoza served on a hot iron plate is its specialty. Gyoza skins and filling are all handmade in the restaurant. The thin skin is light and crisp, and the sweetness of gravy and vegetables spread in your mouth. Tender simmered chicken wings are delicious and easily fall apart. Hakata gyoza (8 pieces, 500 yen, photo shows three plates) From the crispy skin, gravy comes out when you bite it. The gyoza is served on an iron plate so even the last piece will remain nice and sizzling hot. Taste these along with homemade yuzu-kosyo using locally produced yuzu citrus.

Hakata Gion Tetsunabe
2-20, Gion-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
TEL: 092-291-0890
Open: 17:00〜23:00
Closed: Sunday and National holidays
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A Fukuokan's favorite, a plate of spotted mackerel.

Come here to taste fresh fish at a reasonable price. Local people frequently come to this casual fish restaurant established 41 years ago. More than 20 kinds of plates are served using seasonal fish like mirin-seasoned sablefish, boiled yellowtail with salt, and butter-flavored fresh grilled salmon. Popular among these is the plate meal of spotted mackerel (1,300 yen) which uses chub mackerel, whose taste starts becoming richer at the beginning of Fall. It is perfection with Masafuku's original sesame sauce! Plenty of Masafuku's original sesame sauce using both ground sesame and creamy sesame paste. Mackerel in the Fall and Winter, which is the best season, are especially fatty and rich (may not always be available, depending on market conditions). The owner has an eye for fish and hops between several seafood shops to buy the best, which is the reason you can taste such good quality fish.

Tenjin Core B1F, 1-11-11, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
TEL: 092-721-0464
Open: 11:00〜20:00(L.O.19:30)
Closed: Wednesday, the first and third Tuesday
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Unique to Hakata's cuisine, the popular “chicken boiled plain” features clear golden soup.

Unlike the usual whitish chicken boiled plain, this chicken boiled plain specialty restaurant serves them with clear soup. For “chicken boiled plain”, start by tasting the soup, then taste the legs, then breast, wing, meat balls, and finally the vegetables to enjoy the difference in flavors. Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with this type of dining, staff will serve each dish for you. Chicken boiled plain (2800 yen per person, photo is the serving size for two) Only freshly slaughtered chicken from that morning is used and the carefully prepared boiled broth has no smell and a concentrated taste. Every time an ingredient is added, the taste of the soup’s broth changes, so you’ll never get tired of it until you’ve finished the dish. Add rice for porridge or somen noodles to get every last drop of soup.

1-8-14, Ohtemon, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
TEL: 092-726-0012
Open: 12:00〜22:00 (Entry by 20:30, L.O.21:30)
Closed: Sunday *Open if the next Monday is a national holiday, and closed on Monday.
*When ordering chicken boiled plain, it is necessary to order the amount for at least the number of persons at the table.
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