Taste the Trend: A Custard-Soaked, Deep-Fried Burger Bun

01/30/2014 at 02:55 PM ET

Umami Burger Deep-Fried Monte Cristo
Courtesy Umami Burger

Move over, mac ‘n’ cheese burger, ramen burger and deep-fried Twinkie burger. There’s a new stunt sandwich in town, and it’s a whopper! (No, not the Burger King kind.)

Former Top Chef champ Michael Voltaggio is behind the Monte Cristo Burger: a beef patty topped with melted Gruyere and prosciutto, then stuffed in a bun that’s been soaked in vanilla custard and deep-fried. It sounds like a hybrid of a doughnut and French toast, which explains the powdered sugar topping and, yes, side of maple syrup.

Voltaggio wanted to “make a burger that would hit the spot no matter if you’re craving something sweet or savory,” he told the Los Angeles Times. Think of it like dipping your sausage links in syrup — the flavor combo always works.

The chef’s $15, limited-run special is available at Umami Burger, a California chain with outposts in New York and Florida. And if you need an extra push to try it, some of your bill will be for a good cause: $1 from each sale goes to the Los Angeles Mission, a homeless shelter and recovery program.

If you do order this burger, please report back. And ask for extra napkins.

Tell Us: Do you want to try the deep-fried Monte Cristo Burger? 

—Nancy Mattia

FILED UNDER: Burgers , Food , Taste the Trend

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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These all seem disgusting.

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Ughh….. heartburn city. And why does everyone have to deep fry everything?

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