Umami Urban is located inside Space 15 Twenty, a boutique like modern day outdoor mini-mall offering mostly archaic, specialized yet unpragmatic knick knacks, (although I love Hennessey + Ingalls Bookstore and could spend the afternoon there). Very pretty and a good attempt at mimicking a Euro urban streetscape.
Why I'm so fond of Umami Urban; well it's because this the place where I had my first Umami Burger- I can still remember that first bite, juices of deliciousness oozing onto my hands and plate and that heavenly, indescribable flavor combination that was quite simply....orgiastic....
Not to mention, I love the space; an open barn like loftiness complete with exposed brick walls, wood beamed ceilings and glass facades creates an open and free space while at the same time, makes a warm an intimate feeling perfect for Burger + Fries consumption.
I always order the Bundaberg Ginger Beer; it's the perfect drink to go with my meal, a nice sharp Ginger bite and effervescence that cuts through the fatty deliciousness - liquid palate cleanser.
As for condiments, my personal favorite along with the Umami Ketchup: the Garlic Aoli and the the Jalapeño Ranch. I pretty much make a combination of all three into one artery clogging dip and slather it onto anything edible on the plate.
And the must have side here is the Cheesy Tots, (an off menu item - you're welcome) which is also, the best here. At this locations, they manage to fry them into this perfect scrumptious state: lightly crunchy exterior that disintegrates upon the first bite, revealing a pillow of potato and cheese that is basically a shovel for the multitude of condiments I pile on before snarfing them down.
This time, I ordered a dessert, which is unusual since I'm always stuffed before I get to that point, they happened to have the Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust which I adore.
It's not your regular Pie, the Apple is VERY TART, with the sweet taking a backseat....in another car.....in a different state.... But I actually love tart desserts, the Cheddar Crust is really good, not overbearing at all and the combination is pleasant in the mouth. It's probably good with a hot cup of Java.
Plain and simple, in the city where Burgers are an integrated component of the Urban fabric, Umami is it's Mecca, a pilgrimage I have no trouble making. It a must go for everyone, just please, leave me some Cheesy Tots ok? It's a crushing blow to arrive, only to find out that they've sold out.....Sad Alan...
Ratings (Out of Five Stars)