Captain Kangaroo

CONTRIBUTED BY JEANINE CZUBIK

Cafe At almost the moment we boarded the plane to Okinawa, my husband said “I hope they have a Fuddruckers on base”. Having never seen one on a military base and having sent his beloved 200 pound cast iron charcoal barbecue off to storage, he just sighed in despair. Sigh no longer, my hamburger-loving husband. If you’re like my backyard grill loving husband and are craving a real beef burger slipped between a toasted bun, drive the scenic route to Nago and take a seat at Captain Kangaroo. The first thing you’ll notice when entering ‘Roo’s is the eclectic assortment of comfy chairs and couches -some of which are reminiscent of the military’s loaner furniture. Then there‘s the surfer-themed posters and knickknacks, and Marley’s greatest hits playing in the background. So not exactly Fuddruckers, but Fuddruckers doesn’t have this incomparable view:

View

The menu includes taco rice and a wonderful looking cheesecake, but we came to satiate a craving for burgers and were not disappointed. The English speaking waiter recommended the Roo Burger: a toasted sesame bun with perfectly grilled beef patty, melty cheese, crisp lettuce and delicious creamy sesame sauce, snuggled next to your choice of wedge or regular fries. It is easily one of the best burgers I’ve ever had, combining the taste of the backyard barbecue with the Japanese kick of sesame.

Burger

Captain Kangaroo is well worth the drive up to Nago. If you think it’s too far to go for a burger, just remember the drive to Fuddruckers is a whole lot longer.

And why not make a day of it in Nago and visit the custom made shoe shop that is just up the road from Captain Kangaroo!

Hours: 11am – sunset (closed Wednesdays)

Address: 183 Umusa, Nago

Google Maps Coordinates: 26.5952706, 127.95815889999994

Directions: Take 58 north to Nago (or the Expressway until it ends and joins 58), then left onto 449. Captain Kangaroo is less than a kilometer on the left.

Telephone number: 098-054-3698

Website: www.roo-bar.jp

 


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22 Comments
  • November 16, 2014

    If you go just a bit down the road, you will hit ToTo la Bebe, which was the first place winner of the Ginoza burger festival. Try the Avocado burger with wasabi, it is phenomenal. They also make everything from scratch.

    Anthony
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    • November 17, 2014

      ToToLa Bebe is the best I’ve found on island!

      Danielle
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  • February 3, 2013

    by far the best burger on the island! My wife and I just ate here yesterday. she had the teriyaki burger and I had the barbecue burger and it was so delicious!if you love burgers, and you’re making a trip to the aquarium, this place is a must!

    Luke
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  • December 20, 2012

    Only the one in American Village is closed, the one up North is still open

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  • December 2, 2012

    I ate at the Chatan location and also saw that today will be their last day. However, they had a sign up saying that the Nago location (referenced above) will still be open. It’s a sad day; their Sparky Burger is (IMO) the best burger on the island.

    Brendan
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  • November 12, 2012

    Saw the sign that they are closing yesterday when we were there. So sad! The Sparky burger is the best!

    Sarah
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  • November 11, 2012

    The American Village location is closing down December 2nd! I am so sad it didn’t get more press as it is truly some of the best burgers I’ve ever had. Get out and enjoy it while you still can. Inside Dragon Palace (Across from Makemans and next to Sushi Go Round/Jon Jons building)

    Lorraine
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  • November 6, 2012

    I’ve eaten at the one in American village, it’s delicious. Try the sparky burger, it’s won awards! Covered in fried onions… Omg yum. This is the place my husband is going to want to eat the day he gets back from deployment. After Coco’s, of course.

    Raquel
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  • October 8, 2012

    We just ate here today since we went to Pineapple Park and it’s just as yummy as the one in Mihama except it took FOREVER for our food to come…..about 1.5 hours!

    SoSilly
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  • March 21, 2012

    Hello folks. My wife tried this place out when we were passing through Nago once, and it was hands down the best burger I’ve ever had! Tonight we were strolling through Mihama’s Dragon Palace and saw that theres one their also now. If you walk inside dragon’s palace as if you’re coming from starbucks, it’ll be past the staircase on the right. I haven’t had the Mihama one yet but I’m bringing some friends along and we’ll be seeing if it lives up to the name this Saturday.

    Michael
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  • March 9, 2012

    We ate at the one in American Village last night & it was good :P My husband was impressed. It’s located on the first floor in the Dragon Palace building…at least that’s what I think it’s called.

    SoSilly
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  • March 2, 2012

    Awesome burger. Between this place and Gordie’s there’s plenty of places in the states that could learn a few things. Some friends and I spotted this place after spending the day at Mt. Katsuu and almost passed it up. I’m glad we turned around. Definitely going back.

    Wyatt
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  • June 17, 2011

    We LOVE Capt Kangaroo! Even better news? There’s one in American Village now!!! It’s tucked away in that building with the arcade on the top floor, a 3d simulator type show on the bottom floor, and a department store called “Joshua.” We just stumbled upon it the other day and were so excited!

    K
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  • April 13, 2011

    Completely agree with Amanda. Gordies can’t touch Captain Kangaroo. Neither can Jet City burger, IMO. CG is the best burger on island, IMO – the Nago loc though, not the new Chattan one..

    Jeff
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  • December 11, 2010

    We always go here when we decide that we want to go for a ride on the bikes (motorcycles) This place has, by far, the best burgers we(my husband and I) have ever eaten, not just talking about in Japan either. My favorite is the Mexican Taco Burger and my husbands is the Teriyaki Burger. The guys that run the place really have a great thing going there. I’ve seen a few people mention Gordies, Gordies has nothing on Captain Kangaroo. ‘Roo’s is definitely worth the drive, every time.

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  • February 16, 2010

    I’ve been gone from Oki for like 6 months now and I miss this place so much. My family and I used to make a trip up there at least once every other month this place is great

    Bob
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  • October 23, 2009

    I ate here today, really not a bad burger. Lots of different salts and spices to add to the fries to add a little kick too.

    I’ll be going back one day when I can take a little more time and relax. Sign says that they close at sunset, but I suspect that is when the party starts going.

    Paul
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  • July 24, 2009

    We will have to give this a try as Jet City and Ishi are our favorite burger joints, Jet City being awarded the 4th best burgers on island-we are still continuing our search for the 1st place winner.

    Deanna
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  • July 24, 2009

    That dish of food looks scrumptious!

    Alicia
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  • July 23, 2009

    Here’s a prior post on Okinawa Hai on Gordies for those of you who don’t know about it!

    http://www.okinawahai.com/2008/01/the-hearth-cafe.html

    Dasha
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  • July 23, 2009

    Here is an option for a closer and equally delicious burger dive in Chatan called Gordies Burgers. I do not know the exact street but it is at the end of Chatan near KAB flight pattern. It is on the corner at the end of the street where the Seaside park and the baseball fields are. It is a small joint, but totally makes up for it with the taste of their delicious burgers.

    Karen
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  • July 23, 2009

    I will DEFINITELY be trying this place next time I am up north. I only wish I had known about it last week as we were up at Neo Park. It’s hard to find a great burger here. I look forward to giving it a try!

    Heidi
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