An unscientific survey of some of L.A.’s best burgers. Jonah and Palmer — the gents from Aether (who are friends, clients and advertisers on ACL) — and I decided to visit five (or so) burger destinations while I am on my left coast tour. The first stop, Umami Burger, was a place many had highly recommended. We met up at the outpost on La Brea for lunch and Umami did not disappoint.
My choice was the “Manly Burger,” which consisted of a beef patty on a brioche with onion strings, cheddar and chunks of bacon. Good lord, it was amazing. The combination of what must have been a butter soaked bun with the meat, cheese and onions was juicy and delicious. The burger isn’t huge in size (but definitely adequate) and surprisingly not overly rich. I pared the burger with some hand cut fries (which I didn’t love; skinny fries seemed the better choice), a Mexican Coke and you pretty much are golden. Jonah pointed out that he thinks the calorie count is somewhere in the 1200 range and I don’t doubt it. Looks like I have a hike (or 10) at Runyon Canyon in my future. And if you don’t care about your heart or your waistline, Umami even has an ice cream sandwich on the menu for dessert.
We shall see how Umami measures up against our other competitors, but I have to think their burger will hold its own versus anyone, East or West Coast.