Umami Burger, Santa Monica
August 27, 2011 1 Comment
When In ‘N Out opened in Texas, people flocked as though burgers were being doled out for free. In ‘N Out makes my favorite fast food burger; this belief has remained steadfast since I first tried it in high school. Favorite restaurant burger? Umami Burger is definitely up there.
As their burger sales continue to surge, there are plans to expand to more locations, and even open a sandwich shop, Umamicatessen. (No comment on how well that rolls off the tongue…) With burgers as juicy and unique as the ones found at their five locations around Los Angeles, I think it’s only a matter of time until people start lining up outside their usually energetic and packed locations around the country.
Pretty much everything on the menu is amazing, though some are more amazing than others. A good way to start the meal though, is definitely with a Mexican Coke. Seriously, restaurants just need to start serving Mexican Coke standard.
Though the tempura onion rings may be tempting, I’d recommend going with the sweet potato fries instead. The onion rings are pretty good, but the sweet potato fries are out of this world.
Or the smushed potatoes. Double-fried nuggets of deliciousness dipped in garlic aioli.
Stephen went with the Hatch Burger. It has four types of green chiles. According to their menu, it will “spice up your life.”
I went with the Umami Burger, which has shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, and umami ketchup (no Heinz here!).
I have also tried the truffle burger, but I the Umami Burger is so good it instills late night cravings.
Perfect summer dining and (at the Santa Monica location) free parking!