If you're going to drink in Okinawa, this is where you should go! Here are 5 great izakaya (drinking establishments that also serve food) that offer dishes made using Okinawan ingredients. They also have liquor, including Okinawa's own drink called awamori. They also have all-you-can-drink plans, so people who want to drink a lot should definitely check them out!
1. GOOD FARMS KITCHEN
Kuninda Terrace is a new tourism spot in Naha. It's a multiuse facility that has historical and cultural exhibitions as well as activity areas, among other things. In one corner of it is GOOD FARMS KITCHEN. They offer fresh vegetables from within the prefecture and their pride, brand meat slow-grilled over charcoal that's cut and served right at the table. The seafood is fresh, just caught that morning, and available in many different dishes. They have all-you-can-drink party courses. It's completely barrier-free, so everyone can enjoy this izakaya. Not just guide dogs, but pets as well are allowed.
1. GOOD FARMS KITCHEN
You can enjoy Okinawan home cooking here as well as 192 types of the best awamori in the prefecture collected from all 48 breweries. Rafute is a meal made from pork boiled in a mixture of awamori, black sugar, and soy sauce. It's boiled for a long time so the fat melts away, making it a very popular dish among people who watch their figures. Their Okinawan home cooking menu uses plenty of ingredients grown within the prefecture. Their private room, Kumejima, is outfitted completely with tatami mats from the floor to the walls to the ceiling, is a place where you can relax in a Japanese atmosphere.
They offer 192 types of awamori from around Okinawa.
This izakaya in the heart of Naha is a place where you can enjoy carefully chosen Okinawa ingredients like beef, pork, and tuna cooked on a charcoal grill with awamori.
The charcoal-grilled Okinawan Japanese beef is soft, flavorful, and delicious, and the charcoal brings out even more of its flavor. The Okinawan brand pork is used in the satisfying Ryukyu-style bone-in charcoal roast. There are 4 types of tuna that you can eat in Japan, but in this izakaya they offer the tuna that's in season, something that you can only enjoy in Okinawa. They have more than 50 kinds of awamori that they carefully chose. They offer an all-you-can-drink course so please enjoy plenty of awamori!
4. Cyuracyura Naha Kokusaidori Branch
This is an izakaya on Kokusaidori in Naha. It has a magical atmosphere given to it by the colorful Ryukyu glass used in the lighting fixtures. Please enjoy the Okinawan standard home cooking dishes like goya chanpuru, agu pork, or sea grapes along with awamori. Agu pork has 3x the umami (pleasant savory taste) of regular pork, but 1/4th the cholesterol, so it's very popular with people who care about their health! The seafood is freshly caught that morning, and you can choose from their regional menu offering dishes from Okinawa and Kyushu. Their all-you-can-drink menu is varied but reasonably priced.
They offer menus in English, Chinese (both simplified and traditional), and Korean, so you can stop by without hesitation!
5. Tebichiya Hompo
This izakaya won the 3rd Naha Gourmet Grand Prix with tebichi (pork feet) meals, especially their fried tebichi, which they're so proud of its included in the restaurant's name. You can enjoy both the Okinawan representative meats of Ishigaki beef and agu pork, so it's an izakaya with many regulars. Their fried tebichi has a crisp coating and juicy inside, so you'll understand why it's one of Okinawa's prides! It's the most popular dish for take-out. The yamitsuki tebichi is boiled using their particular method so it brings out the collagen, so it's well-reviewed for health and beauty purposes. They have counter seats that you can easily sit at if you're alone to tables meant for large parties, so while you bask in the retro atmosphere, you can enjoy the flavors of Okinawan food made using local ingredients for local consumption.
If you want to experience Okinawa's friendliness, an izakaya is the perfect place for that. Why not enjoy the local liquor, awamori, and the food that's boasted about throughout the whole country? You might even be introduced to a local little-known great place!
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