- Cost: $15 – $19
- Visited in 2014 and 2018
A little history on Umami is as follows:
My personal favorite is the Manly Burger, which has beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt onion strings, and bacon lardons. It is finger-licking good; however, you can hardly go wrong with any of the burgers here. All of the food is served with roasted garlic aioli to dip in as well, which is a perfect addition with a great flavor that does not take away from the taste of the burger.
Another thing that makes Umami stand out is the atmosphere. The culture of LA can tend to feel extremely rushed, but in their little corner of downtown, I always feel like I have enough time to savor my food without someone breathing down my throat. They also have outside seating, a bar area, and even some couches that you can relax on and enjoy your meal at.
The design of the restaurant is very minimal, but with much attention to detail. The placemat that goes under your plate comes with their signature stamp of the two sides of a bun, and their logo and signs reflect this as well. The bar area has a wide range of beers to go along with your meal.
All in all, I am a huge fan of Umami; they really do the burger right. If you are in LA and are a fan of hamburgers, I would highly recommend you go try it out. They are centrally located next to many of the concert venues as well as Amoeba records so you can easily make a day out of your time there.
Make sure to leave me a comment about what you think about Umami or if you know of a different burger place that I should be checking out.