Spit it Out

Umami Burger! It’s been too long!


I’m well-aware that my beloved burger chain is expanding nationally (with 25 new locations by 2013) but I had no idea that there was one in Santa Monica til we were making plans for the brunch on the Westside.


Very different-looking from the one in Hollywood that we frequent



Started off with some appetizers for four –


Pickled veggies – beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and okra


(I tried a bite of the Jalapeño and spit it out)


Tempura Onion Rings


Sweet Potato Fries


Dipped in a lot of Umami Ketchup


Since this one is in shopping mecca Fred Segal, there are salads on the menu I’ve never seen elsewhere!


I got curious and ordered the North African Chicken



Came with some fried eggplant too, which Abe ate on its own and spit out…


…I guess I didn’t mind when it was buried with all the other flavors…


…but still, I wish I had gotten a burger. The veggies were fine, but nothing special.


A bite of the Earth burger – a mushroom/edamame patty with white soy aioli, truffle ricotta, cipollini onions, lettuce, and slow-roasted tomato


For dessert I sampled a piece of the Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cakewich



Stick to that, the burgers and the fried stuff. Just like McDonald’s, you don’t come here for the veggies!

I wonder what the Studio City and Los Feliz locations are like?

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10 thoughts on “Spit it Out

  1. Joyo

    Oh, I love Umami! The Los Feliz spot is great–it was there I first had their cheesy tater tots…heaven. Then one time at the H’wood location I didn’t see them on the menu…but they had ’em!! Sneaky, sneaky….I’ll go to great lengths for a tater tot.

  2. topangagurl

    The only good thing that ever came of FS for me was my old hairdresser – “Frank from Austrailia” – this man was freakin’ talented…he worked out of the SM location….I never ate there – but jezzus! the food looked like crap!
    Anywho – thinking we should have pot stickers for dinner or ??? What say you?
    – Natasha

  3. allie@sweetpotatobites

    I had no idea there was an Umami in Santa Monica @ Fred Segal! I’ve only been to the La Brea and Hollywood locations (both equally delicious). Will have to check out this location when I’m in the area next.

  4. Emily

    The Studio City location is pretty nice! Unfortunately it’s pretty small so it gets crowded reallllly quickly (there’s usually a line outside) but I still enjoy it. I love their Earth Burger and the sweet potato fries are addictive. (:

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