umami burger / hermosa beach


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

16 Responses

  1. Jinxi says:

    Eeep that burger looks so tasty! I’ve been wanting to try Umami burger for a while now, but LA is just so far, and there are SO MANY THINGS TO EAT THERE! Hopefully they’ll open one in San Diego (I know, I know, wishful thinking…). I LOVE how much cheese is on that patty!

    • mary says:

      Hi Jinxi – I know, LA is full of so much good stuff, damn them!! 🙂 I have heard rumors hear and there that they might open one in San Diego, but sadly it hasn’t happened yet. They have them in OC, too, which is slightly closer (I think the closest one to us is Laguna Beach). I adored that melted cheese.

  2. Faye says:

    I think you and Jake should have donuts as your wedding favors. Forget candy or dumb chocolates. You and Jake would have donuts as favors to your guests. Holla.

    I have wanted so badly to try this burger place. I love truffles so badly. And that burger looked so bloody delicious. I wants. I’m surprised the buns held up though. Did you think it was well worth the $12?

    LA traffic just sucks so bad. It always helps when you have a cool driving companion. That’s for sure.

    • mary says:

      Hi Faye – Haha, okay, if somehow we ever get married we’ll have donut favors. Just for yoooooooou. We actually got the crazy $15 burger because we don’t care! I’d actually be happy with the non-short-rib burger, too, so I think the price point is worth it. The burgers were so juicy and flavored so nice… it was deliciouuuuuuuus.

      Yes, a good driving companion makes the trip so much better!

  3. YES, that photo should be your Xmas card!

    FYI – the iconic Randy’s Donuts also appeared in the 2nd Iron Man, I believe. It it’s good enough for Robert Downey Jr, then…

    “controlling side”….I have one too!!!!

    I’ve heard so much about these burgers and man do they look pretty good! Just meat and cheese. Sold!

    • mary says:

      Haha, thanks CC, I thought that photo would make a good Christmas card, too 🙂 I do remember seeing the Randy’s sign in Iron Man! Kind of one of my motivations for visiting Randy’s the first time. The controlling side really wanted to navigate so it took a lot to “let go” but a few peeks here and there didn’t hurt.

      Yeah, I kind of dug the burger didn’t come with anything else. This place is a stickler for no substitutions or changes though (that’s what our waitress told us anyway) so maybe that’s why all of the burgers are on the simpler side.

  4. Kirbie says:

    I think that photo would be perfect for a Christmas card and I’m totally loving the bag for the donuts and the donuts look so good! (burger looks good too, but i’m more about the donuts! lol)

    • mary says:

      Hi Kirbie – haha thanks! I love that bag, kind of wish I got two for a keepsake. Totally understandable. Too bad I forgot to photo it with the cream filing showing!

  5. Cara says:

    Hi there! I’m new to your blogosphere but the look of that burger and your writing reeled me in! I know that every Umami location has a special burger specific to that branch. Is that Royale burger unique to Hermosa? Just seeing whether I need to fill up my tank to head to Hermosa Beach NOW or if a closer Umami will do. 😛

    • mary says:

      Hi Cara – The Royale is available at all locations. The Hermosa speciality was some tempura Baja burger. I’d rather have truffle cheese 😀 Thanks for your comment!

  6. Foodwanderer says:

    Hi! I’m new to your site! Yay Orange County! Yum I love Umami burger! The last time I went I ordered the Original, the brussel sprouts,manly fries, and sweet potato fries.

    • mary says:

      Hi Foodwanderer! Hmm, maybe Umami is the place to try Brussels sprouts (which I have avoided for years since I didn’t like them the last time I tried them). Sweet potato fries sound yummy, too!

  7. I AM SO JEALOUSSSSS. I still have never had Umami Burger and what you ordered looks SO GOOD. And I would totally spring for the poutine fries. I was so excited to try Shake Shack in NY and then thought it was just ok, but I don’t think Umami Burger will disappoint me like that. Must make it to LA soon 😉

    • mary says:

      Hey at least Umami Burger is a lot closer than NY! Easier to get to 🙂 You must go try it! If we had been less full, I think we might have sprung for those poutine fries. Next time. Oh yes.

  8. Oh I didn’t really know Umami was strictly an LA thing. The burgers are tiny though. I don’t eat burgers often, but when I get the craving once in a while, it feels sooo good when the burger hits the spot. But I feel like shit afterwards lol.
    I can see you opening up a doughnut shop or even starting a new blog strictly dedicated to doughnuts, Miss Doughnut expert lol.

    • mary says:

      Hi Miss Kim! Yeah, it’s in LA and OC but not down here in SD 🙁 SADNESS. I’ve only tried to make donuts a couple of times and never the yeast kind! I should experiment though. 🙂

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