I’ve been on a serious Umami kick this past week. Exactly a week ago, a Hermosa Beach location opened, and I’ve been there three times already. I’m literally the “duchess” of Yelp check-ins there. I find this hysterical and yet strangely pleasing.
Featured in these photos would be the manly burger. Actually, two different manly burgers… and they were both DELICIOUS. Beer cheddar cheese is melted atop a medium rare, premium beef burger (that has never been injected with hormones or antibiotics). There are bacon lardons and fried onion strings atop the melty cheese, and there’s a sweet sauce under the burger patty. The bun is a slightly sweet, Portuguese bun with the Umami “U” branded right on top.
The smushed potatoes are double-fried, creamy potatoes that are smushed and sprinkled with Kosher salt. They’re then plated with garlic aioli and fresh cracked pepper. The sweet potato fries are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and have a sprinkling of something sweet and savory that makes them highly addictive.
They have good Belgian beers, and even better service. Definitely the best Umami location I’ve visited, and I intend to be back there as early as this weekend. See for yourself!