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Food & dining

These favorite burger spots are not here — yet


It’s hard to prepare yourself for an experience like Umami Burger, largely because of the “umami” part. The elusive fifth taste, umami flavors tickle your L-glutamate receptors in a way that’s savory, but not necessarily salty. It’s the stuff of food comas. The best way to prepare for Umami Burger is to show up hungry, because you will not want to stop eating. Owned by Adam Fleischman, and propelled by his addictive proprietary rub, Umami Burger has been opening locations all over Los Angeles and San Francisco with future plans for Anaheim, Calif., Miami, Texas, Las Vegas, and New York, so I will see you on the Bolt Bus. The Original tops its transportive patty with a five-fingered umami slap: a Parmesan crisp, shiitake mushrooms, roast tomatoes, caramelized onions, and a house umami ketchup. From the fried pickles to the short-rib smothered thin fries, Umami is a trip beyond whatever flight you take to get there.

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