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SMASHBURGER
SPECIALLY CRAFTED BURGERS THAT HIT THE MARK

It’s no secret that L.A. loves a good burger. And the quest to find the ‘better burger’ has taken the foodie community by storm. One joint that’s rocking the burger scene with nationwide-sized buzz is Smashburger, which recently debuted locally.

A fast-casual dining gem that offers super tasty food, quick and easy, Smashburgers roughly cost $7 a pop—a hell of a deal! At Smashburger, the mantra is to utilize local products, vendors and incorporate local flavor to support local economies and cater to local tastes.

Why “smash” you may ask? At Smashburger, they take and shape fresh 100% Certified Angus Beef into plump meatballs. Why meatballs and not patties? The better to smash! Place your order and watch the kitchen spring into action, painting the grill with real butter, adding a dash of their secret spice blend, and smashing the meatball with a tool they invented themselves. According to founder Tom Ryan, a veteran of fast food chains including Quiznos, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Long John Silver's (in fact, Ryan is the man responsible for creating McGriddles and the McFlurry), smashing caramelizes the beef, creating a sear that locks in the juices as no other cooking method can. The result is a burger that’s extremely tender and flavorful. Add fresh toppings and a butter-toasted artisan bun, and you have not only a burger that hits the mark, it smashes the competition.

During our recent visit, we feasted on an assortment of mouthwatering burgers and sides in a comfortable and causal setting. Think this is just another fast food joint? Think again because you can also pair your burgers with nice local crafted beers, including Hanger 24—a personal fave.

The signature LA Smashburger is a must-have. Prepared with crispy wonton, fried egg, cilantro, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and Japanese steakhouse ginger dressing on a black and white sesame seed bun, this burger is a smash hit. I want one now!

Another not-to-be-missed is the delicious Truffle Mushroom Swiss, made with truffle mayo, sautéed mushrooms and aged Swiss on an egg bun. This burger is so flavorful and every bite is out of this world.

All smashed-to-order burgers can also be prepared with chicken, which is the way we had the Fresh Mex, made with fresh avocado, cilantro, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, onion, sour cream and chipotle mayo on a telera roll served with a wedge of lime. It’s a good option if you’re not craving red meat, as is the Veggie Burger, but you can’t really go wrong with the LA, and Truffle Mushroom, they were our “winners.”

Sides also include Smashfries, tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic, along with French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Haystack Onions, and Veggie Frites (flash-fried carrot sticks and green beans). Desserts include shakes, malts, and floats made with Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

If you want to make sure to get your “greens” in, the Baja Cobb, made with fresh greens, applewood-smoked bacon, sliced jalapeños, guacamole, cheddar, tomatoes and onions topped with spicy chipotle dressing, is a huge dish for only $5.99 (for $2 more you get a generous portion of chicken). Talk about a great guilt-free choice.

With local Smashburgers in Culver City and Thousand Oaks, with more to open very soon, it’s great to have quality burgers in a casual setting devoid of pretention and attitude.

Smashburger LA is located at 10704 Venice Blvd in Culver City.

 

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