We just got back from the newly opened Smashburger in the Fresh Market Plaza, on Rt 50 & Marion Avenue and we have to say, it's pretty darn good. So good in fact, that we made not one, but two trips out into the snow tonight to bring back some seriously satisfying food. We placed our order online (actually your only option for take out) & it was ready in just over 15 minutes which seemed impressively fast. The burgers are cooked to order and they have several Smashburger options to choose from or you can create your own beef, chicken or black bean burger. They're known for taking fresh angus beef and shaping it into a ball before 'smashing it', which creates a nice sear, locking in the juice and seasoning.The inside of Smashburger is inviting, clean and comfortable:
Our crew all went for beef burgers trying the Classic Smash, Bacon Cheeseburger and Buffalo & Blue Cheese Burger as well as an order of fries and the Haystack Onions. Everything was ready and waiting for us and we were in and out in about a minute. The restaurant itself is bright and welcoming & on another less snowy day, we would have definitely been happy to eat there.The burgers were all juicy and flavorful, but what we liked the best was the size and ratio of bun to beef to toppings. The classic egg bun was soft and buttery and they don't go overboard with the toppings, so you can still taste the actual burger itself. It was easy to eat and the size and execution reminded us of another love of ours, Shake Shake burgers.
Where we ran into trouble was with the Haystack Onions because the thinly sliced, deep fried pile of onion goodness was totally addictive & seasoned perfectly. Dipped in the Smash Sauce, on top of our burgers or just on their own we could. not. stop. eating them.
So when everyone reached for the last tangle of onion, things suddenly got a little tense and it was right around then when we had a show of hands for round two of Smashburger. Yup, we ordered AGAIN. Three out of four of us got another burger and then we branched out (a little..) and ordered the Smashfries, sweet potato fries (both nicely seasoned with hint of rosemary and salt) and two more orders of Haystack Fries with Smash sauce.
I considered concocting some 'dog ate the food before we could eat it' story on the way in but stood strong and owned it. My guess is we aren't the first ones to come back for more. The other pleasant surprise was the pricing- The Classic Smash was $5.39, up to the Bacon Cheeseburger for $6.69. All in all, walking out on our second visit with three burgers and four sides for $28, it seemed like a steal & a great option to take a group or your family out without breaking the bank.
We are looking forward to going back to try their salads like the Classic Cobb or Spinach, Cucumber and Goat Cheese- the grilled chicken looks delicious and fresh-- but just maybe on a day when we aren't still fighting the effects of Saturday night (yes, we know by 8pm on Sunday we should have recovered.. but ah well, we've all been there, right?... right?? And now, happily, we have Smashburger to cure us!
*** PLEASE NOTE: Here at The Saratoga Social, we don't write 'food reviews' . Why? Well, because we aren't chef's or have any formal restaurant training- We do however, eat a lot of burgers.. & love all of our local eateries.. so there's that!