On day 2 of 2 of my Southern California adventure I met up with some friends including H.C. of L.A. and O.C. Foodventures post hiking Mt. Hollywood in my old stomping grounds of Los Feliz to eat meat at Umami Burger.
Food bloggers go a-hiking: (from left to right) L.A. O.C. Foodie, Banana Wonder, ChocoMeat and The Wind Attack
Truth be told my vegetarian friend, Shelley, suggested this place and I was definitely ready for a burger. It had been months. Three to be exact. Umami Burgers are not huge so you don't get that American obese feel after eating. It was the perfect designer burger iron surge for me although my boyfriend, Justin, was still a little hungry afterwards. My burger experience was a pleasant mix, but by no far blew me out of the water.
We started off with truffle fries bathed in a truffle glaze accompanied by a truffle dipping sauce.
The sweet potato fries were less interesting. The sugar dusting threw me off.
I got the Umami Burger which is supposedly umami to the 6th power, a conglomerate of house-ground beef, oven roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, parmesan frico, sauteed shiitaki mushroom and house-made ketchup. It was delicious and neat but I was by no mean taken to another planet.
Earth Burger: mushroom and edamame patty, white soy aioli, truffle ricotta, cipollini onions, lettuce and slow roasted tomatoes.
Kauai Burger with thick ham and pineapple. The thick pork chop style cut of the ham turned out to be disappointing.
Hatch Burger: 4 types of green chilies and house-made American cheese
Chocolate Almond Adult Pop Tart Ala Mode...devoured, of course.
4655 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca