338 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
Figuring that they would be busy during lunch, I arrived there fairly early (around 11:15) and I was glad I did.. Parking is very limited. Fortunately I scored a spot on the street so there was no problem there. Again, I’m glad I went early.
The decor of the eatery was pretty cool; a nice juxtaposition of rustic and contemporary. If and when you go there, ask someone the story behind all the license plates. It was pretty interesting and what they did with them really appealed to me visually.
The menu was easy to read and it definitely is not voluminous. They have a handful of burgers and other mains, a couple starters and a limited sides, all with a few options. I found the brevity of the menu quite refreshing and it made choosing my selections nice and easy.
Now for the food. I opted for the “Manly Burger” (beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt-onion strings, bacon lardon) and their thin cut fries “smothered” in shredded short ribs and gravy.
I will start with the burger. The burger was good, but not the best I have eaten. Don’t get me wrong, the patty was cooked to a nice mid-rare as I requested and it was somewhat flavorful. I was hoping for a strong pork flavor from the lardons (deep fried, thick cut pork belly), but they fell short of expectation. The cheese was lost in the mix as well. Worst of all, found the burger way on the small side for the price ($11.00). One thing that did stand out was the breaded onion strings. They seemed to be the star of the show. They have a couple other burgers that I have to try, and hopefully at least one of them will live up to the hype and warrant the price.
Umami serves thin cut fries ($3.50) and for an additional charge ($3.00) they smother them with shredded short ribs and a thick gravy. My first bite was somewhat lack luster, but as I ate more the flavors became more apparent. Then, about half way through, the peppery notes started to kick in, elevating the flavor profile to a whole new level. As you can tell, I really liked the fries and will definitely have them again. Today, they ended up being the highlight of my meal.
Overall I loved the fries, thought the burger was decent, but not great and with the total bill, including tip, coming to $23.00 I found the place to be way over priced, especially for a lunch!