Frugal Foodie: A ‘1950’s style’ burger joint

Frugal Foodie: A ‘1950’s style’ burger joint

Smashburger is a burger joint, but not like McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr. or In-n-Out. It’s a real burger joint.

The atmosphere, the seating, and especially the food all scream an old 1950’s style school burger joint.

Customers can almost hear the jukebox music, rock ‘n’ roll filling the room which provides that warm welcoming environment that is so hard to find when your looking for a quick bite.

I ordered an original Smashburger, “smash” size (normal), and added mushrooms to it, with a Butterfinger Milkshake to drink.
When the burger first arrived it looked too good to eat.  The work of art came in a split top hamburger bun and the meat and cheese looked real as oppose to a Big Mac that you would normally wait twice as long for.

The mushrooms were sautéed to perfection and the burger was to die for. The texture was real, it did not taste like plastic, and it did not feel like it would survive a nuclear war. It tasted real, fresh, and full of explosive flavor.

The Haagen-Dazs Butterfinger milkshake was served in a tall glass with the leftover product brought to the table as well in an ice cold metal container.  The smooth, rich, and creamy shake gave the feeling of a 1950’s diner.

For veggie lovers out there, Smashburger offers a burger made from smashed black beans.

Patrons can also get this burger San Diego style which adds fresh avocado, cilantro, onions, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and spicy chipotle mayonnaise on a warm torta roll with a slice of lime on the side.

The taste will impress even those who are carnivorous at heart.  It was very smooth, blending well with the faintest hint of spicy heat.
An alternative option for sides are the Sweet Potato Smash fries.

They are sliced from  sweet potatoes, then fried and tossed with rosemary, olive oil, and garlic.

These fries had a taste all their own.  The mixture of the olive oil, rosemary, and garlic blended well giving them a garden flavor despite them being a deep fried product.

The total for both of us was just over $19.00, not bad for two people in a sit down place.

Smashburger does not just offer beef, they also make chicken burgers: styles vary from avocado clubs to buffalo with blue cheese. They also serve salads and hot dogs, and even have a kid’s menu for family night.

Smashburger does serve beer and wine.

For those looking for anything from dinner with the team after a game, date night, or family night Smashburger is an affordable stop that’s well worth the short wait.

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    Meredith S WhaleySep 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Congrats, really good. I am proud and impressed.

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