Plan Check | 99 Essential Restaurants 2015

Plan Check

photography by Dylan + Jeni

The gourmet-burger revolution of the past decade has yielded many developments, some of them more pleasant than others (no more truffle oil, please). But we’re immensely grateful for the ascension of Plan Check’s Ernesto Uchimura, the Umami Burger vet whose futuristic creations made with ketchup leather and house-made dashi cheese channel the primal satisfaction of a classic cheeseburger and fries without feeling gimmicky. There’s also unexpectedly stellar fried chicken, smoky and succulent, which requires more steps to prepare than an Ikea bed set. This isn’t how anyone’s grandmother made it, but don’t question: better living through technology. —Garrett Snyder