The “Holy Wow” Chicken Sandwich From Umami in Northwood NH (WOW!)

I discovered Umami in Northwood New Hampshire some time last year and I have been hooked ever since. I’ve had their burgers, their delicious spicy french fries, their Sunday brunch, but now I have found the Holy Grail. Before I tell you about this culinary masterpiece, let me tell you about my friend Max.

I got to know one of the Sous Chefs of this fine eatery (hey Max!), and the passion he put into describing the food the team at Umami expertly-crafts had me even more excited to eat there again. Combine that with a rave review I heard from a friend talking about “The Holy Wow” sandwich they made meant another trip to Northwood NH.

Introducing “The Holy Wow!” Sandwich

The Holy Wow as it is named is perfectly named so kudos there. It features locally-raised chicken thigh wrapped in thick slices of cider cured bacon. As if that isn’t delicious enough it is topped with cheddar cheese, an apple cayenne chutney, and finally a roasted garlic aioli. This is all squeezed between a sesame seed burger bun!


The flavor packed into this chicken sandwich is off the charts. The chicken thigh was incredibly moist, flavor-able, and had a perfect crisp on the outside. This could possibly be one of my all time favorite sandwiches.

Don’t Forget About the Hot Fries

As if is the Holy Wow sandwich all by itself wasn’t enough I had to get the “Hot Fries” to accompany my sandwich as well. I do like spicy things so these were right up my alley. They are delicious fresh french fries with a Korean ketchup, sriracha aioli, pickled Fresno chilis, and gochugara (which is a red pepper chili flake powder). These are amazing and even my girlfriend, who doesn’t normally enjoy spicy food, loved these.

One Final Piece – a Bloody Mary With a Pork Dumpling

I decided that my meal could only by improved with a fitting beverage so I choose a house made Bloody Mary with a Pork Dumpling (I’d never seen that Bloody Mary component before!). The dumpling was fabulous! The Bloody Mary was also the perfect mix of spicy and delicious.

About Umami

Umami describes themselves as “locally sourced, solar powered, sustainable cafe” in the heart of Northwood, New Hampshire. I can say without doubt that their food is amazing. They take great pride in locally sourcing their meats, veggies and working with local farms while celebrating and serving the most savory, umami flavors and dishes. You’ll even see a wall with grow lamps dedicated to growing their own herbs and greens in the restaurant. You can find Umami at 284 1st New Hampshire, Northwood NH 03261. See their website here.

Let me know what you think if you stop in!


Kyle Battis is a life-long NH resident that enjoys making his way around the state, sampling delicious food and drinks, and sharing his experiences. Follow us at