Out in New York I had heard about these burger places in LA called Umami Burger. I read good things. So I went to the one in Santa Monica (attached to the Fred Segal they have out there) to see what was up with these fancy burgers.
I met up with Dana, who is an Alhambran, like me, and Stacy, the ex-New Yorker. Here you see them having a look at the menu.
Here, have a look at the menu yourself.
We started off with a very nice plate of pickels.
This is Umami Burger's umami burger. It has a roasted tomato on it, homemade ketchup, some mushrooms, and you see that crispy disk? That's a crispy disk of parmesan cheese.
This is their blue cheese and sauteed onion burger.
Here I am chowing down. My overall impression of Umami Burger, and the umami burger: Very Californian. Pretty good. The house ketchup threw me off a bit. But really, I would have enjoyed the meal a lot more if I wasn't still totally full from my lunch when I had it. That's the sad truth.
But hey, the company was great.
Goodbye, Umami Burger. Someday I'll eat at you again and maybe it'll go better.
Oh! But that night I did see this funny sign.
Footnote: Here's why I was still full at 8pm on Thursday. Because I had lunch at Twohey's with Grandma, Tom, Uncle Bob and Aunt Louise. Going in I knew I had my important meal at Umami Burger that night so I knew I couldn't eat onion rings, clam chowder, a chili dip, and a sundae so instead I only had
a chili dip
and a sundae.
And to top it off, I didn't even take pictures of my dining companions. But I did get this shot of Bob's Senior Moment hat he likes to wear.