Taste of Okinawa: Captain Kangaroo serves great burgers in Motobu

Photos by Shoji Kudaka
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Taste of Okinawa: Captain Kangaroo serves great burgers in Motobu

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Captain Kangaroo is a hamburger joint you would not want to miss. If you have lived long on the island, you have probably heard about their shop in Nago City. Now the shop is located just a five-minute drive from Gorilla Chop. In October, 2020, Captain Kangaroo opened this new location in Motobu Town, while their previous shop in Nago shifts its focus to serving up taco rice.

After swimming with tropical fish, I decided to swing by this new location and try their famous Sparky Burger (1,200 yen, approximately $8.50). This large-size hamburger is an Instagram star thanks to its unique look with the “sparky” bacon.  They have hamburgers such as Mexican Taco Burger and Great Teriyaki burger as well. But their signature menu item looked just too attractive, especially after an hour of swimming.

With one bite, various textures spread in my mouth. Crispy bacon, sweet onion fries, juicy tomato, fresh lettuce, and greasy beef (seemed to) work like an all-star team. The sweet and sour BBQ sauce plus mayonnaise brought the flavors together making this burger with a bulky look disappear five minutes after I started eating.

The ginger ale (250 yen as a drink set) I ordered made the burger taste even better. Its sweetness and sourness added a kick to the greasiness of the hamburger.

Having the tasty Sparky Burger over the view of Gorilla Chop and the ocean made my day.   

Things to know
GPS Coordinates: N 26.622806, E 127.890425
Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

*Subject to change

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