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Dondon serves simple, homestyle Japanese rice and noodle bowls, so the word “hamburger” looks pretty out of place on the menu. But the “Hamburger-don” donburi (rice bowl) isn’t like the kind of hamburger most Americans picture. It’s a Japanese-style meatloaf patty — with flavors reminiscent of the meat filling in Asian potstickers or Vietnamese meatballs — atop a pile of white rice and drenched in teriyaki sauce. It comes with a fried egg on top or, if you prefer, extra vegetables.
Off-menu bonus: At Dondon, a little motion-activated machine by the door greets you — “Welcome!” — and sends you off — “Goodbye!” — in Japanese. (At least that’s what the notes on the wall say it’s telling us.)
Where to get it: Dondon, 2223 Louisiana St., Suite E (northwest corner of 23rd and Louisiana streets)
What you’ll pay: $6.95 for the regular size, $8.95 for large.
Try it with: Sriracha sauce, if you can’t go a meal without the stuff.
Also on the menu: More rice bowls and Udon noodle bowls, with both meat and vegetarian options. Sides include edamame, seaweed salad and green tea or red bean ice cream.