Kobe Beef at the Second Street Restaurant

23 08 2010

Ever had a Kobe Beef burger?  Kobe beef is known for its delicate and well marbled texture and rich flavor. It comes from a from the black Tajima-ushi breed of Wagyu cattle, raised according to strict tradition in Japan. The cows are given daily massages with warm sake, and fed the highest quality grains.

Kobe Beef has been soaring in popularity in North America, and suppliers are having trouble meeting demand. This in turn has made the beef quite expensive. I decided to give it a try at the Second Street Restaurant in Williamsburg, VA. Most burgers on the menu were priced at around 8 or 9 bucks, but the Kobe beef burger cost about twice as much. You have to try everything once, even if it isn’t always as cheap. Here is what it looked like –

Second Street was apparently well known for their burgers, at least according to their own advertisements, so I thought I would take the opportunity to try the cream of the crop. I did not defile the burger with any sauces or condiments so I could zone in on the flavor of the beef. With each bite I noticed that the texture is indeed softer, richer, and juicier. After eating regular “pancake” burgers at fast food joints for so long, this was like a whole new world. Ground beef is mass produced on such a grand scale, and Americans have become jaded with how it is supposed to taste.  This burger was really a wake-up call, restoring my faith in the meat. So many people load up burgers with ketchup, mustard, relish, lettuce, tomato, onions, BBQ sauce, etc.. because the meat itself is usually so bland. Here was Second Street’s regular burger, which was also above average –

Was the Kobe Beef burger good? Yes. Was it worth $18? For my first time trying it, yes. I would not order it every time. Much like a filet mignon compares to cube steak, a Kobe beef burger is a delicacy that should be reserved for special occasions. I would recommend ordering one for yourself and coming to your own conclusions.

The Second Street Restaurant was a great place to eat. Quick and friendly service (I love waiters that make recommendations on what to order), an inviting atmosphere, and reasonable prices. I also tried a Black & Tan while I was there, which is half Guinness and half Bass combination beer, which was interesting. It seemed to be a popular drink further south.

Ever had Kobe beef? What did you think?




One response

20 09 2010

Hey Kobe Beef! It’s almost been a month since the last new post!

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