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Umami Burger Santa Monica?

a_and_w Mar 8, 2010 07:16 AM

Anyone know if it's open yet, and if not, when it will be?

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  1. wienermobile RE: a_and_w Mar 8, 2010 08:00 AM

    It is not yet listed on the Umami web site.

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      mdpilam RE: a_and_w Mar 8, 2010 08:08 AM

      I was lamenting on this last night as I drove to La Brea...

      It was "originally" supposed to open in November IIRC.

      1. maxzook RE: a_and_w Mar 9, 2010 08:10 AM

        I noticed that the latest Los Angeles magazine referred to "Umami Burger in Santa Monica" ... which turned out to be the Umami truck. Could this be the source of the confusion?

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        1. re: maxzook
          a_and_w RE: maxzook Mar 9, 2010 08:29 AM

          The truck is a stopgap until the Santa Monica branch opens, which was supposed to happen last November. Every few months, there's an announcement saying they'll be open soon, but it keeps getting pushed back. I can't even get confirmation that the truck is still parked in Santa Monica. Very, very frustrating.

        2. tatertots RE: a_and_w Mar 10, 2010 02:27 PM

          I was at Fred Segal's in January and there was definitely construction going on in the space that's slated for Umami Burger. Other that that, I don't have a specific opening date.

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          1. re: tatertots
            NumeroUnoEat RE: tatertots Mar 10, 2010 10:54 PM

            they're ready to open BUT waiting for final OK from Republic Of Santa Monica,
            Umami Food Truck is 86.

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            sweiner RE: a_and_w Mar 11, 2010 11:25 AM

            Was in the La Brea location and they said Santa Monica should be opening on Friday, March 12! Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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              maudies5 RE: sweiner Mar 12, 2010 01:48 PM

              It did not open today.

            2. wienermobile RE: a_and_w Mar 17, 2010 06:50 PM

              Word is they are opening some time next week! (sometime after March 22nd) Here is a copy of the Santa Monica menu. I can't wait.

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                mdpilam RE: wienermobile Mar 17, 2010 11:44 PM

                Disappointed in the Draught list, but excited for it to open!

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                  sel RE: mdpilam Mar 18, 2010 08:27 AM

                  I agree about the tap list, awful choices. They do have some great bottles though!

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                    a_and_w RE: sel Mar 18, 2010 09:34 AM

                    Well, I'm glad to see Hoegaarden, at least. Much better than that Blue Moon crap you see everywhere

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                      mdpilam RE: a_and_w Mar 18, 2010 12:11 PM

                      They've got Shock Top which is basically the same!

                      They have some solid bottle selections, but I prefer tap beer, esp. when their bottles are so expensive.

                      But, I'm not complaining, it's still Umami on the Westside, but beer-wise, FO takes the cake.

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                        a_and_w RE: mdpilam Mar 18, 2010 01:25 PM

                        True dat. I've had Allagash White on tap at FO, whereas it's only in bottles at Umami.

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                          mollyomormon RE: a_and_w Mar 18, 2010 03:51 PM

                          Count me as excited too! Although agree that they really could have done a better job with the beer list. Actually, do you know who now has a great selection of beers by the bottle now in SaMo? Andrew's Cheese store on Montana. He finally, finally got his license to sell beer and wine and the beer selection is really well-edited and reasonably priced.

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                            maxzook RE: mollyomormon Mar 19, 2010 08:54 AM

                            As a diabetic recovering alcoholic, I'm more interested in knowing if they will have anything besides tap water for me to drink unlike Umami Los Feliz ... fifth taste, indeed ;/

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                              Servorg RE: maxzook Mar 19, 2010 12:00 PM

                              I'm trying to recover my alcoholism too! lol

                              Don't they have diet soft drinks?

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                                maxzook RE: Servorg Mar 19, 2010 04:07 PM

                                Not the last three times I've been there, no. Neither do they have unsweetened iced tea (only bottled non-diet Snapple), nor do they carry any bottled waters.

                                I'll be carrying Pellegrino next time I show up at their door ... and I ain't paying no corkage.

              2. wienermobile RE: a_and_w Mar 24, 2010 04:20 PM

                Umami Burger at Fred Segal is finally ready to open. The eatery has passed all inspections and is trying to start serving Thursday night for dinner. [EaterWire]

                Fred Segal
                500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                1. a_and_w RE: a_and_w Apr 6, 2010 03:37 PM

                  Holy hell that Umami burger is good. Super salty but so juicy and flavorful. Burger was cooked a perfect medium rare and ideally sized for my preference. Skinny fries were nice and crisp. Service was pleasant -- cute and sassy like Baby Blues -- though the place was pretty empty. Time will tell, but I think this may be my new favorite burger in the area.

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                    Dommy RE: a_and_w Apr 6, 2010 03:40 PM

                    Thanks for the report! Glad to hear this location is dishing them out good, it's my absolute favorite burger... We plan to hit the SM Local soon!


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                      wienermobile RE: Dommy Apr 6, 2010 04:33 PM

                      It's my favorite burger too!

                  2. TheBurgerBusters RE: a_and_w Oct 15, 2010 08:45 PM

                    It's open now, and it is amazing.

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