A Taste of America in the “Little Kyoto”

There’s a certain food story a friend of mine likes to share about one of his first “discoveries” in Japan. Walking with a friend through one of the many food and bar streets, he noticed a familiar browned, round ball. “Those are hush puppies! They have hush puppies in Japan? I haven’t had those in forever!”

His friend was more wary. “I dunno. . . I don’t think those are hush puppies.”

“I know a hush puppy when I see one!” He bought a batch, and eagerly popped one into his mouth.

There’s a lot to be said for the delicious pancake-like balls of takoyaki, a Japanese fair food whose main ingredient is octopus. But having one’s mouth surprised by anything other than the flavor and texture one expects, particularly when it’s a long-missed, though still familiar taste of home, makes for . . . a less-than-ideal experience.

Thankfully, Kanazawa has Kaname Bar & Café.


Pulling our menu from the American South and along the East Coast, this bar and café combo specializes in southern American and Cajun cuisine, featuring our dressed Po’ Boys with meaty fried shrimp, hand-cut steak fries and authentic, no-lying-this-is-the-real-deal, cornmeal hush puppies.

Our signature drink is the whiskey-based Sazerac—the oldest recorded cocktail in American history—and for something more modern, check our selection of domestic and imported craft beers, or try one of our many other original specialty cocktails. Head in at Happy Hour on weekdays for ¥400 drinks!

  • Weekdays: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Happy Hour: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. weekdays
  • Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • closed Wednesdays


Kaname Bar & Café hosts regular events almost every week. Ask us about hosting your event, concert, exhibition, or party!



〒920-0997 14 Tatemachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
TEL: +81 (0)76-222-2272