You may have heard of the katsu sando, which has now become a full-fledged, international trend. It usually consists of a fried beef, chicken, pork, or seafood cutlet with tonkatsu sauce between milk bread. There’s a famously lavish Kobe beef version on offer at B&B Butchers & Restaurant, yours for $120. But more affordable options are out there, too, at these local spots also putting their own tasty twist on the sandwich:

Fat Bao

The pork katsu at the popular steamed-bun sandwich shop stars a fatty, fried pork belly, balanced by creamy avocado and a tart cabbage slaw, coated in a sweet tonkatsu sauce and tucked inside a tender, fluffy bun. It’s so good, you may have to order two.

Ramen Tatsu-Ya

Yes, the ramen is the move here, but a delectable “munchie katsu slider” won’t ruin your appetite. A panko-crusted beef patty is bathed in acidic tonkatsu sauce and served with crunchy cabbage inside a charred Hawaiian roll. This little slice of heaven is paired with a healthy pile of bread-and-butter pickles, the perfect palate cleanser.

Waikiki Grill

The monstrous chicken katsu wrap at this Hawaiian grill inside a Humble strip mall, meanwhile, is definitely a meal in itself. Slices of breaded poultry, along with lettuce, tomato, cheddar, and a creamy and tart mayonnaise, come inside a whole-wheat wrap—a far cry from classic katsu, yes, but a worthy iteration.

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Waikiki Grill

$ Hawaiian 19731 US 59

Ramen Tatsu-Ya

$$ Japanese 1722 California St.

Austin's favorite ramen is pretty darn good in Houston, too. Our favorite is their uncommonly smoky take on classic tonkotsu ramen, complete with its rich, s...

Fat Bao

$ Pan-Asian Multiple Locations

While its quirky name is a nod to the wide variety of steamed buns (bao) available on the menu, this casual cafe offers one of the best selections of ramen i...

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B&B Butchers & Restaurant

$$$$ Steak 1814 Washington Ave

At lunch, the old-school deli slings swoon-worthy sandwiches like Hungarian salami and liverwurst on a warm Kaiser roll; at dinner, B&B’s swanky dining r...