Smashburger is a savory success

Daniella Philipson and Alexa Pinto, Features Editor and Staff Writer

According to its website, “Smashburger was born to carry the torch for the modern burger lover,” and Smashburger has certainly earned the right to brag about its savory hamburgers.  The new Smashburger franchise, which opened on Aug. 31 on Port Washington Blvd, is one of the most popular restaurants in town this fall.

Since its grand opening, Smashburger has quickly become a popular off-campus lunchtime spot for Schreiber students and staff.  Port Washington’s Smashburger is unique in comparison to its other locations, which more closely resemble fast food restaurants. Port’s location used a local steel company to create the tables, moldings, and lighting fixtures.

“This location is way more upscale than any of the others,” said Mr. Jim Vanneman, who runs the Smashburger openings and locations throughout Long Island.

Smashburger offers six main burgers, ranging from the Classic Burger to the Spicy Baja.  Even with the typical American cheese, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, onion, and pickles, Smashburger spices it up with their savory smash sauce.  All the burgers are made of juicy 100% Angus beef.

The Spicy Baja burger, made of pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, spicy chipotle mayo, and fresh jalapenos sitting on a spicy chipotle bun, is delicious, but the true success appears in the BBQ Bacon Burger.  The savory smashed patty lies on an egg bun and is topped with New York cheddar cheese, amazingly greasy haystack onions, and two strips of smoked bacon.

This burger is sinful.  If you are thinking that the BBQ Bacon Burger is disgusting, then you are right.  We highly recommend this burger because of the perfect combination of juicy meat and melted cheese.  However, once you are done eating, the burger will definitely take its toll and you will probably regret eating it and want to run three miles in order to burn off the excess calories.

The fries are, like the burgers, an amazing experience.  Don’t be surprised if you finish an entire order in less than a minute.  They are that good.

If you really want to take the experience to the next level, you can throw a milkshake into the mix.  A milkshake generally has the caloric value of a healthy meal, but if you are already eating the BBQ Bacon Burger, you might as well just top it off with a milkshake.  Smashburger’s milkshakes and floats, made from Häagen-Dazs ice cream, are among the most refreshing items on the menu, and come in classic flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry; and others like Oreo, Butterfinger, Nutterbutter, or New York Cheesecake.

If none of Smashburger’s main dishes appeal to you, have no fear! With the “Create Your Own Burger” option, customers can choose their own cheeses, sauces, and toppings to satisfy their unique taste buds.  Besides burgers, Smashburger also offers an array of hot dogs and sides, including famous “smashfries” made with rosemary, olive oil, and garlic, as well as regular french fries, sweet potato fries, and chili cheese fries.  Fried pickles, beefy chili, and haystack onions are also available for $2.99.

Those who are looking to eat healthy can order veggie burgers such as the Spicy Baja Black Bean Burger for $5.99.  In addition, healthy eaters can “Create Your Own Black Bean Burger” for $4.99.

Salads, such as the Harvest salad, with fresh greens, balsamic tomatoes, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and blue cheese topped with balsamic vinaigrette dressing for $5.99, are prepared for any customers who enjoy being ironic and eating green things at a meat establishment

Smashburger is a must.  Go for lunch.  Go for dinner.  Maybe even go for breakfast.