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Umami Burger, Los Feliz - Really?

estone888 | Oct 4, 2009 09:36 AM

I have not been to the original. And last night was only their second night in operation, but if that was the way it's supposed to be, who are they kidding?

Homemade pickle plate - $5 for a meager portion of good, but not exceptional pickles.

Onion rings - 5 onion rings that were mushy and greasy. The onions inside were good, but the batter was way undercooked and had soaked up a ton of grease because of it.

Thick fries - they claim these were fresh cut from potatoes. No potato I have ever encountered has the consistency that these did. They tasted like they were mashed potatoes that had been formed into little blocks and then only lightly fried. We sent them back for further crisping. They came back with the exterior crisped okay, but the interior totally mushy. More like inferior, oddly shaped tater tots than anything to do with fries.

My Hatch burger was not particularly good. Oddly flavorless, the bun too thick and somewhat sweet for the amount of meat. I suppose it looks good having the burger by itself on a big plate, but some extra stuff might be nice for $10.

My friend's Manly burger was nice enough, bacony and flavorful, but again, seemed a bit meager on the plate for the price.

My girlfriend's Casablanca burger was the highlight of the three, a good, not too gamy lamb-burger with nice condiments. Still, at $12, it seemed sort of overpriced.

As for the condiments - I'm sorry, delivering them on little Chinese soup spoons is ludicrous. There is not nearly enough of them and they are certainly not special enough in any way to warrant having to pay extra for them. The ketchup may have been marginally better than Heinz or Hunts, but not enough better.

The beer was good. The place was almost painfully loud even though it wasn't quite full. Maybe, just maybe, I'll try it again after a month or two to see if they get their act straightened out. But all things considered, when I want a burger there are any number of places I'd rather go to.

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