San Francisco Peaks, Harajuku

By Lauren Shannon
April 29, 2016
Food & Drink

I love small, independent, backstreet joints, so I was happy to stumble upon this one right in Harajuku. One of the really special talents in the food world is to be able to take a simple comfort food item and make it extra fantastic. The folks at San Francisco Peaks have just done that.

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The restaurant calls itself a hot dog place, but it really is so much more than that. One thing I love about it is that it serves an awesome American style breakfast menu all day long, including waffles, fresh fruit and more.

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And the dogs? They are really more like homemade sausages on a delicious bun. All sorts of flavors are available. They create these tasty hot dogs in more than ten styles with base ingredients of pork, beef, chicken or lamb. I tried the apple and cinnamon pork sausage and it was sublime. There are amazing add-ons like fried and raw onions, sauerkraut and gourmet mustard. And you can wash it all down with a beer from a broad selection, including great bottle beers and more than twelve brews on tap. There are additional outside seats upstairs and down, and this spot sports a truly funky décor, including a large communal table on the second floor.

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In addition to the shabby-chic café space, there is a small secondhand boutique with a sort of 70s-80s wood cabin décor feeling. The store has some truly unique offerings and makes for a fun browse after your meal.

The Deets:

Address: 3-28-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-5775-5707

Open: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.


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Lauren is the founder of True Taste Tokyo, a creative agency here in Japan. She leads the Tokyo Writer’s Salon and contributes to various international blogs and websites. The Pennsylvania native and 18-year resident of Japan is a fan of great food, Japanese stationery, travel, film and art. She loves helping creators share their stories with the world.

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