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Jun 20, 2013 02:40 PM

Eric Eto Help! Otaru/Kushiro/Aomori/Hakodate in July

Hi Eric. Perhaps you remember me as a fellow Queens hound from long ago. I will be on a family vacation cruise and need help. I have and will continue to search these boards but any suggestions for anything special or just delicious to eat in the aforementioned locations would help. I trust your opinion though I appreciate suggestions from all. I will also be in Tokyo but not ready to solicit help yet as I wade through that huge amount of information. TIA By the way, Esquina Criolla, Rincon Criolla and Coatzinga are still perfect and unchanged. Hope you are loving Japan.


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  1. Aw, man. Don't be outing me. I'm on the lam here.
    But in all seriousness, I've never traveled up that way, so I don't have much to tell you. Someone who can is Silverjay. And I' sure others can chime in who've been up there. Here's a post by Silverjay on Hakodate when he traveled there a few years ago:

    The only thing I can think of is something I've seen on TV. In Kushiro, at the central seafood market, they offer a seafood donburi "buffet" if you will. You can buy a bowl of rice, and go from stall to stall, and buy pieces of fish to place on your donburi, so you can customize your own kaisen-don with whatever you like.

    And you HAD to go there, didn't you? I would kill for an entraña, arroz con pollo, or the birria de rez at those places. OK, kill is a bit much. Maybe a lapdance.

    1. Why I was just at Taqueria Coatzingo the other day. Same food, newly updated decor.....How long will you be in Hakodate? I can provide some recs/ ideas of what to eat and see and do food related.....I haven't been to the other places but I did research a potential trip to Otaru once so I can probably dig up some recs for there.

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      1. re: Silverjay

        I love Chowhounds. I know and respect your opinion on our local boards but left you out of my original post, my apologies. Just two days in Hakodate, and a day and a half in Otaru. Anything you posted here I will gobble up but specifically,foodwise, just looking for whats good. We don"t speak Japanese and this is really hard. I can't tell a restaurant name from a type of cuisine to the name of a district, and so on. Walking around the market with a bowl of rice picking out slices of fish and crusteceans sounds great, and something I can accomplish. Other suggestions on where to visit would help to narrow down the choices we are already considering such as Onuma National Park,Lake Toya and Cape Kumai. Thanks.

        1. re: stuartlafonda

          Hi, I've posted my material in the original thread on Hakodate to consolidate information-> . I've asked the mods to remove that material from this thread.

          1. re: Silverjay

            My 11 year old son, the fisherman and consumer of all things squid related is going to enjoy that fishing experience at the market. I will love everything else as well. Thank You.

            有難う 御座います

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