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oh joy {eats} umamicatessen in downtown la...
14 Mar 2012

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My favorite local burger spot, Umami Burger, recently opened a deli-style offshoot called Umamicatessen in downtown Los Angeles. Consisting of a multi-part menu, it's like five mini restaurants all in one. In addition to the usual Umami-style burgers, there's Pigg for cured meats, The Cure for deli-style staples, a donut menu, a coffee bar, and a separate liquor bar. Since I've had their burgers on multiple occasions, this visit was meant to taste test the new components of Umamicatessen.

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We began with some fried snacks...including french fries {topped with a whole lot of goodness}, pork corn, and cracklin. Then, the highlight of my meal—the Chef's Picks of 8 cured hams. Cured meat is probably one of my favorite things ever {I missed it SO much when I was pregnant}, so I was sitting pretty in some serious ham heaven. I loved sampling some world class hams presented simply on sheets of kraft paper. Needless to say, my salt intake for the day was at an all-time high, but it was worth every penny.

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As a finishing touch, we ordered every single donut on the menu. Yep, all six {go big or go home, right?}. My absolute favorite was the version with meyer lemon curd, yogurt glaze, and freeze-dried blueberries. It was sweet and tart, moist and savory...and the perfect ending to a fun meal with friends. — Joy

Umamicatessen / 852 S. Broadway / Los Angeles, CA 90014 / 213.413.8626

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. Space designed by SO|DA. My outfit: top and shorts by J.Crew, necklace by House of Kami, shoes by Liebling.}

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