Umami Burger + Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co

Posted by Lauren

I keep telling Nicole “ya I’ll draft a post probably in an hour… ” but the truth is I keep getting distracted by my other to-do list. If only laundry would clean and fold itself! I’m popping in to tell you about TWO new-to-me places in the Bay Area that I fell in foodielove with recently.

Thursday date night at a popular burger joint…

Photo from LA Times

Photo from LA Times

Umami Burger

452 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

Umami Burger is basically In n Out’s fancy cousin. What originated in Los Angeles has quickly (and finally) spread to Northern California! I wasn’t able to make it to the SF location, but to my surprise Kyle received a coupon for free cheesy tater tots at the UB opening in Palo Alto. I was really excited about it to say the least.

Umami Burger obsesses over high quality, fresh ingredients:

It starts with the house-ground, hand-formed patty infused with the Umami Master Sauce. It builds with the carefully crafted combination of toppings resting on the lightly toasted and slightly sweet bun [and] it explodes with house-made sauces. (source)


The Original – parmesan crisp, shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, umami ketchup


Hatch Burger – roasted green chiles, house American cheese, roasted garlic aioli


The free tots! Hot and crispy! Their house-made ketchup is a great example of “umami”. After a little research, I learned that umami is the 5th taste element (think: Sour, Sweet, Salty, Bitter, Umami) and UB’s creator Adam Fleischman did an umami flavor quest to learn what is so addictive about it. He tested 100+ items from a Japanese market in a lab to discover the three glutamic acids of umami. #Dedication


We both thought the burgers were delicious. Special props to the bun being soft like a cloud and the perfect medium-rare patty. Thumbs down for the weird library decor. Afterwards we picked up Yogurtland for a different taste element ;)


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Location #2 that I want to tell you about is not a restaurant… it’s a brewery!


Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company

111 Industrial Road, Belmont, CA

Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, located in the heart of the San Francisco bay area peninsula, produces award-winning, handcrafted beer… Prior to the 1780’s the canyon portion of Belmont and San Carlos was known as “la Canada del Diablo” or Devil’s Canyon. Since opening [their] doors in 2001, Devil’s Canyon Brewery has won over 35 awards. (source)

My coworker, Lorraine, invited me to join her and some friends for DCBC’s Beer Friday, a once/month event where the brewery opens its doors to the public for live music, food trucks and of course some craft beer!


I had a pint of Belle, their California Sparkling Ale… they use champagne yeast to get a balanced, bubbly, slightly fruity, mildly hoppy brew. My second pick was their Silicon Blonde Ale and then I had a few sips of Kyle’s Deadicated Amber Ale. While the beer was delicious and refreshing, I was more excited about the lively crowd and music.


That guy singing, Mike Annuzzi, is one of Kyle’s friends from Cal Poly!


OK BUT THE REAL REASON this event was awesome? I found the puppy of my dreams. I spotted a tiny, white, furry thing in the crowd and forced my way through the crowd  to get a closer look…


Everyone, meet Marshmallow. I AM OBSESSED.


My mom, sister, and Kyle all agree that now is not the time for me to get a pup, but just look at HER!!! Gah. I. Just. Can’t.


I chatted with her sponsor and he told me about Coppers Dream, the animal rescue group trying to find good homes for plenty of dogs. One day….. sigh.

Dog owners: how did you know you were ready for the responsibility of taking care of a dog?
Burger lovers: what are your favorite toppings? 


Comments (6)

  1. Liv @ Life As Liv

    I loooove avocado and caramelized onions on top of my burgers…nom nom. And now I want a burger.
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  2. Kelli H

    I wanted a dog for years, but was too scared to commit. I think it’s definitely important to own your house, because renting isn’t really stable enough in case you have to move. So many places aren’t dog friendly when renting. Probably why so many people give up their pets. After a couple years of looking, David finally rescued Ryder and brought him home for me. I’m glad he did it, because I probably would have kept coming up with excuses as to why we shouldn’t. I’m so glad he did!

    That puppy is so cute!

    I’ve only ever had Devil Canyon’s CA Sunshine IPA, which I thought was okay.
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  3. Sherri Dozeman

    I WANT that dog, just has to be kid friendly for little Graham.

  4. Jane

    Unami! Must try. There is one so close to my apartment (we are talking a couple of blocks) and I just don’t ever get there!

    And puppy! I want on so bad, but also know it’s not the right time. Hopefully in the next year or so.
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  5. Kristine

    Umami Burger is my FAVORITE! It’s become a post-race tradition for us in SF :) When we FINALLY run together in SF, we’re going there afterwards!

  6. Sonia the Mexigarian

    I have been wanting to go to Devil’s Canyon brew for a while now! Just got to make it up the Peninsula ^^;

    We lived in an apartment when we got Lando. Eep. 2 cats and a puppy. My husband really really really wanted a dog but I wasn’t so sure (even though I wanted one ). Eventually, I relented and we fell in love with him. It was pretty tough having a pup in the apartment the first year but we got the hang of it, moving our schedule to include him ie. walks, bathroom breaks, socialization, puppy classes. The first few months are definitely the hardest. Pretty much like taking care of a baby while getting accustomed to each other. We moved into our house and he loves running around the backyard with the cats.
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