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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  • http://Joyosmanski.Wordpress.com 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.

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      Yes – they said the tater tots were on the menu in SM too, but were a secret. Abe asked for pickles instead. MISTAKE.

  • http://gravatar.com/topangagurl 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

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      yes, potstickers sound good!

  • http://www.sweetpotatobites.com 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.

  • http://asdreamsbecomereality.blogspot.com 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. (:

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=40401198 Anna Freedman

    Ooh, the fried eggplant medallions were yucky?? So sad! I’d think they’d be delicious. :( Esp for the price of a place like that!!

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      yes, it was surprising. how do you mess up fried eggplant?!?

  • leily

    you should try the truffle fries…those are really good too and i think off the menu

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      oooh i love secrets! thanks!