The star of the show at fast-casual joint Smashburger is each succulent burger, which is fashioned with all-natural 100 percent USDA-certified Angus beef and embroiled on a flattop grill. Grab plenty of napkins, because this dining experience is a juicy proposition!
Among the 10 burgers offered, standouts are the Spicy Jalapeño Baja with guacamole, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo; the Truffle Mushroom Swiss with sautéed Crimini mushrooms; and the BBQ Bacon & Cheddar with BBQ sauce, applewood smoked bacon and haystack onions. My favorite? The Carolina Chili involving beefy chili, American cheese, chopped yellow onion, Duke’s mayo and creamy coleslaw on a pretzel bun.Consider eating it with a fork so you don't stain your shirt.
Not in the mood for a burger? Consider a Spinach, Cucumber & Goat Cheese chicken sandwich or a sizeable Classic Cobb salad with blue cheese, sharp cheddar, fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes and onion with buttermilk ranch dressing.
Side items worth consideration include crispy fried pickle chips; flash-fried green bean and carrot veggie frites; and sweet potato fries. House specialty smashfries are tossed in Italian olive oil, rosemary and garlic, but these are a bit too heavy on the rosemary for my taste.
Save room for dessert, as hand-spun milkshakes fashioned with Häagen-Dazs ice cream are worth the caloric splurge. Whether you choose rich chocolate, Oreo or peanut butter & jelly, you’ll be rewarded with plenty of creamy goodness. For something decidedly different, order the sweet and savory salted caramel.