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Umami Burger: our 1st visit


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Umami Burger: our 1st visit

silence9 | | May 5, 2009 10:58 AM

Hi... Wife and I found our way to Umami Burger on Sunday night. We were prepared to wait -- and did -- but, the evening breeze was pleasant and the all glass/fishbowl walls made for interesting hipster-watching. Every now and again, some brash-yet-unaware table-poachers (nicer the car, the more egregious the sense of entitlement, I am saddened to report, as it re-inforces a stereotype that I so want to disregard as an unfair judgement on my part ! ) would saunter past the waiting crowd and plop their BYOB selves into an unattended table. The staff was pretty good about shooing them away, nicely...1/2 hour wait to be seated, then 1/2 hour wait for the grub. I concede that it was worth the wait... Wife had the triple pork burger. Oh man!! Never had a burger meld those flavors (pork, chorizo, and bacon) before. But the bun was equally the star of the performance. Buttery, but able to stand up to the burger and condiments down to the last bite... I had the So. Cal burger, also stellar. I could've easily eaten a larger version of either burger, but was satisfied with what we received. Being after 9:00 p.m. on a Sunday, they were out of the log-like fries, the cake monkey desserts, and the $4 pickle plate, while tasty, was overpriced by about $3... I am glad we went, and yes, we shall return. The staff were very well intentioned, the wait was understandable, and the quality/flavor of the meat (both pork and beef) were outstanding. This was the best burger I've had, since the long-gone and lamented Wimpy Burger at Gorikee (R.I.P.)... Thanks Hounds (and sorry about my un-evolved observation about nice cars and the table-poachers who drive them - I must be jealous! )...