Despite some debate in the '80s, there're now five recognized basic types of taste -- sweetness, bitterness, sourness, saltiness, and
Dirk Nowitzki umami. For a burger place so tasteful, DeShawn Stevenson will inevitably turn it into a popular t-shirt slogan, hit Umami Burger, soft-opening this weekend.
From the same fifth taste-loving dude behind LA's high-end burger-taurant, UB's first SF outpost brings its much-hyped savory/brothy/meaty bun'd patties to Union St via a revamped 65-seater with wood-shingled, turquoise-tiled walls and mad Asian accents, also what you're likely to hear if you're wearing a fedora in a parachute-less airplane about to crash into the Himalayas.
The core LA menu'll be in place with locally vended ingredients (like their U-branded buns) and'll include eats like UB's namesake Umami Burger (shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, Parmesan crisp, Umami ketchup), the Truffle Burger (with housemade truffle cheese and glaze), and three types of fries: thin ones, smushed potatoes that're double-fried, and tots packed with a cheddar burst, also cool slang hedge fund managers use when countries' entire economies fail. Deeeyaaaamm, hedge fund managers be hella cool!
Booze-ables will be poured behind a semi-circle, steel-finished bar and'll feature burger-complementing wine by the glass and craft beers, including on-tap Anchor, 21st Amendment, and Magic Hat, which Chris Webber will only be able to enjoy for a couple minutes before having to hand it over to Penny Hardaway.
And so you don't have to smuggle in your personal bottle of Cholula, UB'll be doing homemade dipping sauces including their specialty ketchup, jalapeno ranch, the house spread, and fiery diablo sauce, which has a lot of Heat, though you know eventually that'll fade. Get 'em DeShawn!