Remember when Umami Burger decided to shutter their very first location on La Brea? So much for nostalgia. A competing option quickly popped up inside, called True Burger, and managed to very quietly hold on for more than two years, even expanding the patio seating options onsite. However, they never could quite get out from under the Umami fog, with a menu that felt like a pale imitation of many of Umami’s most famous creations.
Now it seems that the folks behind True Burger have decided to head in a different direction, reopening a week or so ago as Blind Weasel — complete with cartoonish weasel in a leather jacket as their logo. It’s an about-face that anyone who’s visited True Burger should have seen coming; in recent months, the restaurant has been continually paring back its burger options in favor of more pure gastropub fare, from overloaded fries to chicken and waffles.
The menu at Blind Weasel now reads like a shotgun blast of popular casual options, from ‘crazy ass’ deviled eggs to mac n’ cheese, truffle fries, flatbreads, and slow-cooked pork shoulder. There’s even pasta on the menu, along with (of course) a few remaining burgers.
The new Blind Weasel keeps weekday hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with expanded evening hours on weekends and earlier brunch service to boot.