Umami Goes Gluten-Free
According to the National Institute of Health, about 1% of Americans suffer from Celiac's Disease, which is more commonly known as gluten intolerance. Though that's a relatively small portion of the population, an increasing amount of people are finding that they have mild allergies to wheat, and the health food world is responding.
And apparently, so is the burger industry. L.A.'s popular Umami chain is launching a gluten-free dish today, utilizing rice instead of their classic brioche buns. The gluten free burg plays on the classic Hawaiian dish loco moco, sandwiching their beef patty between two rice patty cakes, then topping it with a chicken demi-glaze and a sunny side up egg.
It looks very similar to the Taiwanese rice patty burgers found at places like Bun Bun Tea House (pictured below), so hopefully it'll be less carb-heavy. L.A. sure could use a good loco moco, since Animal's awesome rendition has been taken off the menu after the foie gras ban.
The gluten-free burger is currently available only at the Grove location for $12.50.
(Photo by Krista Simmons/LAist)