Smashburger Packs in the Flavor

I don’t usually write restaurant reviews, but I went to the opening of the new SMASHBURGER at 91st & Yale yesterday, so I feel compelled to tell you about it.

In the interest of full disclosure, this was not my first visit to a Smashburger. I’ve been to the one at Tulsa Hills and also the one on 71st. Why? I like Smashburger.

One thing I like about Smashburger is that you can order different sizes of hamburgers. They come in three sizes: small smash (quarter-pound), smash (one-third pound) and big smash (one-half pound). You aren’t stuck getting the half-pound side of beef and then splitting it with your husband. He likes mustard and I like mayo, so it never really works out. Besides, I like to have my own food. Selfish? Maybe. But I would rather eat than share. And with so many delicious options at Smashburger, you’ll want to choose your own.

Yesterday’s lunch was an invitation for the press to experience Smashburger. This gave me an opportunity to try all the burgers. And I did. I really liked the classic. One reason is that Smashburger’s classic doesn’t have mustard. Instead, they have something called “smash sauce,” which is a delectable invention. Besides the sauce, the classic is served with American cheese, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion on an egg bun.

Other options (in descending order of my favorites) are the BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar, the Truffle Mushroom Swiss, the Oklahoma Burger (more on this later), the Spicy Veggie Black Bean, Avocado Club Chicken and Classic Chicken.

All the burgers were really flavorful, just the right amount of grease (you know you like it), fresh tomatoes, onions and lettuce (I hate it when restaurants serve old, smelly lettuce and onions) and a good ratio of beef to bun. You could taste everything.

Smashburger evidently adds local flavor to their menus in each state. For example, Kansas City might have some KC BBQ sauce. The Oklahoma Burger is made up of the following: fried pickles, pepper jack, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato and buttermilk ranch dressing on an egg bun. I’m not sure what this says about Oklahoma, but I’ve renamed this concoction “The Obesity Burger.”

I love spicy food, but I have to warn you that the veggie burger is exceptionally spicy! My lunch partner and I were so full by the time the chicken sandwiches rolled around that we couldn’t try them. But they looked good. Smashburger also has some attractive-looking salads.

We did try the Haagen-das ice cream cookie shake. Yes. Enough said.

Haystack onions will keep me going back to Smashburger. I love those. Sweet potato fries are another side option. I think there are regular fries (I forgot to look) and you can ask for fried pickles.

For me, burgers are a treat. I don’t eat much meat, so I don’t like to waste my burger fix on a disappointing, dry burger. And, as I said, I don’t enjoy having a half-pound of beef as my only option. I like Smashburger.

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