Just kidding. I only cry when I watch the Notebook. Gets me every time (I’m not a proud of the things I’ve done). But I did feel tremendous joie de vivre at the glory and beauty of the legendary UMAMI BURGER.

Some background: Umami was discovered in the 1970s in an archaeological dig in Southeast Asia. Inscriptions on the tomb it was locked in reveal the story of gods, men, and demons. A tale of a flavor so powerful and mysterious that nations would go to war to unlock its sweet, glorious tastes.

I'm pretty sure this scene of Indiana Jones was a recreation of the discovery of Umami.

Got you again. Umami is just a taste (like sweet, salty, bitter, and sour) that is described as savory. And Umami Burger is a famous restaurant in Los Angeles that cooks foods that flesh out the Umami flavor.

Last Saturday night a whole troop of VSA’s adventured through the concrete jungle to the Umami Burger in Hollywood. This was my first time there, and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. It had a really cool atmosphere – the interior felt like an aspen lodge with a nice brick and timber motif. Thankfully I had the love and guidance of Umami veterans Anastasia and Warren, who directed me to try the truffle burger. I’m still not sure what a truffle is, but this tasty little burger was packed with meat and blue cheese and a sauce that can only be described as godly.

There was more Umami than my mouth knew what to do with. It was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. On top of all that, we ordered a bunch of fries that came with a menagerie of dipping sauces including aioli, thousand island, hummus, and their special ketchup (which I’m pretty sure is pure MSG). Last but not least, I had an amazing mint chip ice cream cookie sandwich. If you come to visit SC, go. This burger is one of best I’ve ever had. Dang, now I’m really hungry.

I can't even look at this without salivating.



Junior biomedical engineer (electrical emphasis) at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. I enjoy cooking, folk music, and reddit. And I'm all kinds of geeky.