When it comes to eating out, I am not much of a fast food girl. I am not into driving through a window, getting my food in a bag then shoving a sandwich into my face to notice in the mirror that I have ketchup on my nose and mustard on my chin.
Sometimes there are exceptions to the rule. Like when I was pregnant and my husband had to clean dozen of fast food bags from under the seat of the car. Pregnancy can cause temporary insanity I guess.
Fast forward to now. I occasionally will eat at a fast food chain because my kids beg me to take them. But I much prefer a fast casual restaurant. This is a type of restaurant that does not offer full table service but offers more upscale food and atmosphere than you find in a fast food restaurant.
Even though I am not into fast food, did I tell you I love me a good burger?
When I was invited to the media preview tasting to Smashburger last week, I was very excited. I took my husband too because he is a true burger connoisseur. This is the first Smashburger to open up in the southern NJ area and we were not disappointed one bit.
To give you a little background on Smashburger, it is chain that was started in Colorado. They pride themselves on fresh ingredients. They start with 100% Angus beef; smash, season and sear the burger on the grill, then top it with high quality condiments. The burger takes 6 minutes to cook so it’s not done like your everyday fast food place. We tried a burger completely naked and in it’s pure form. It was delicious!
The burgers were so good that thinking about them makes me want to cry. I tried several different burgers and my favorite was a regional burger which is on the Philadelphia area Smashburger menu. The Liberty Burger was on a pretzel roll bun and topped with grilled onions, mustard and cheese whiz. I had several dreams about that burger.
My husband loved the New Jersey burger which was topped with blue cheese, bacon, and grilled onions. I felt a little guilty not saying the Jersey burger was my favorite. But don’t get me wrong. I’d eat one of these anytime.
As much as I loved the burgers, there were some good sides to eat too. The fries they have are not ordinary. They are tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic. So yummy!
They also have veggie frites. These are flash fried carrots and green beans. They were so good!
Did I mention the fried pickles? If you have not tried fried pickles before, you must try these.
When I go to Smashburger, I am there for a big juicy burger. But if someone is not in the mood for beef, there are plenty of options on the menu. You know a chicken sandwich has to be good if it is topped with bacon and avocados, right?
For dessert, Smashburger serves up milk shakes made with Haagen Dazs ice cream. I didn’t even want to know the calorie count in these. I just wanted to suck one down with a nice big straw. They were thick, rich and what good shakes should taste like.
Right now, plans are underway to open 20 to 25 Smashburger restaurants in the Philadelphia area. I am hoping they open one up right around the corner from my house. But everything was so good, I do not mind driving a half hour.
Try it, you’ll like it!