The burgers at this LA-based chain are different than the typical American hamburger because they're built around umami, the savory fifth taste that defines most Japanese food. The menu features a range of burgers, but the eponymous one, stacked with umami-amping ingredients like parmesan crisps, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions and ketchup, is a must-try. All burgers are served on a shiny brown bun and taste best when paired with an order of the signature thin-cut fries. One of the first Umami Burger locations, the Los Feliz outpost is more than three times the size of the La Brea original. More upscale than other burger chains, Umami is a sit-down spot that serves local craft beers.
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1. Umami Burger 4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Feliz, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)