A Girl & Her Food: Umami Burger Wicker Park is now open!


Umami Burger Wicker Park is now open!

This past Monday night, I was lucky to preview the highly anticipated Umami Burger for dinner, and I loved it! It is located in Wicker Park, and I anticipate that it will KILL IT as there is no substitution (this is their motto).  Umami Burger, with locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and now Chicago, has a devoted cult following.  Each location is designed to the represent the vibe and history of its neighborhood and inhabitants.  The signature "Wicker Park" burger blew my Chicago taste buds away.  It is packed with many classic Windy City flavors like Calabrese sausage patty, truffle cheese fondue and a Chicago-style gardiniera. Umami's menu is burger-centric, but also offers many options for non-carnivores.  At the preview dinner, everything was extremely tastey, and I had nothing to scoff about.  Umami opens today to the public, and lines will be out the door as Chicagoans seek the Umami craze. 

My friend, Kyle, editor of Chicago Food Magazine tagged along with me. We begin in the Umani ride with a signature cocktails the Nomad.

Nomad: old forester signature, benedictine, ancho reyes chili, pent e mes, xocolatl mole bitteres

Truffled Beet Salad 

Truffled ricotta, smoked almonds, wild baby arugula and truffle dressing. 

Buckle your seat belts and umamify your fries. We opted to truffle 'em. The thin fries were topped with truffle cheese fondue and truffle salt.

The dipping sauce line up comprises of jalapeño ranch, diablo sauce, garlic aioli and Umani ketchup.

 Can you keep a secret???  Umami has "off the menu" tater tots. You MUST order them!

The fried pickles are made from artisan-crafted pickles, breaded with panko and served with jalapeño ranch and shaved parmesan.

Let's bring on the burgers! Kyle and I split the original, the manly burger and the exclusive Calabrese burger.

The Original
Parmesan frico, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions and Umami house ketchup.

The Manly
beer-cheddar, bacon padrones, smoked salt onion strings, umami house ketchup, mustard spread

Calabrese Burger

Calabrese sausage parry, truffled aioli, house truffle cheese, Chicago style giardiniera

Oh, Henry  and  South of North 

Coolhaus Ice Cream for dessert

1480 North Milwaukee Ave
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