Today Umami Burger introduces a new burger exclusive to the SoMa location at 242 King Street: a beef patty topped with fresh burrata (a soft blend of mozzarella and cream), basil almond pesto, heirloom tomatoes, arugula, (more) basil and balsamic truffle reduction for $15. But this kind of burger - topped with the most decadent of decadent cheeses - isn't exactly a new thing: Umami already has an established cross-town rival at Tony's Pizza Napoletana in North Beach, where a burrata burger with Niman Ranch beef, smoked pancetta and similar inclusions of arugula and balsamic reduction has been on the menu for quite some time. Tony's version costs just a buck more at $16 but it includes sea-salted garlic fries. Did Umami Burger get its idea from Tony? We have no idea. Either way, burrata burgers are officially a thing now in San Francisco. Cheese is a standard burger bedfellow, of course, but this could be going the way of the bone marrow burger craze.
What do you think? Have you tried a burrata burger? Does Umami Burger or Tony's win the day? Your thoughts are always welcome in the comments section.