Amazingly, on the signature Umami Burger, each of the many toppings—sauteed shiitake mushrooms, roasted tomato, caramelized onions, and a frico of parmesan cheese—manages to shine through in the final product. Yet the whole combination still honors the beef. It's good beef too, a loosely packed, six-ounce patty of house-ground meat that develops a caramelized griddle-skin on the outside.
"The Truffle Burger is amazing!"
"The cheesy tots dipped in the jalapeno ranch.. MMM!! The Hatch burger was so juicy and tasty!"
"Truffle cheese fries!"
"I was blown away by the ketchup. THE KETCHUP!"
"Go with the Hatch Burger if you like spice. The house-made American cheese is top notch in combination with the green chilis."
You’ll come here when you want something simple—easy, house-ground burgers and some local beers (Anchor, 21st Amendment). As you might have guessed from the name, they’ve managed to work umami—the so-called “fifth taste,” a meaty flavor that chefs have been known to geek out over—to just about everything. Your mushrooms: umami’ed. Your sauces: umami’ed. Your tomatoes... you get the idea.
Also on the menu are an only-in-SF bacon-wrapped scallop burger topped with crisp pork belly, as well as local offerings such as Anchor Steam beer, Humphry Slocombe ice cream sandwiches and the occasional off-the-menu special (this week features cheesy tots).