Friday, September 20, 2013

Meet Austin: Smashburger Opening

I was lucky enough a few weeks ago to be invited to a media tasting at Smashburger! They just opened a new restaurant located in Cedar Park near Lakeline Mall.

Smashburger was just opening in Utah as we moved away and I was so curious to try it! I'm so glad we finally got to go here in Austin and eat so much delicious food.

We were presented with a tasting menu which let us try every burger on the menu! Thankfully they came out cut in fourths so that we didn't have to eat 7 full burgers!

A few fun facts about Smashburger I picked up:
  • Smashburger started in Denver but has since spread across the US and now even to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia! Apparently the Middle East loves their burgers!
  • All the burgers on the menu can be made with the "smashed" chicken or the traditional "smashed" beef.
  • All the buns are artisan: classic egg, spicy chipotle, multi-grain, or it can be made with lettuce-gluten free!
  • Each region gets it's own special burger: Texas has the Texas burger with mustard instead of mayo and Colorado has a burger with green chiles on top, etc. 
Now on to the delicious food photos.....


My first little tasting plate. I'm drooling even thinking about this again. 

The mushroom swiss-my husband's favorite.
Haystack onions-my favorite side anywhere anytime!
The sweet potato fries were also winners-crisp and sweet. For a little twist, ask for the "smash fries" on the sweet potato or regular fries-they will toss them with rosemary, olive oil and garlic. They also have flash fried green beans and carrots which were a fun change along with fried pickles (LOVE!) and fried jalapenos. 
You can also get any of these on top of your burger (a little secret!).

Although it's rare that I ever order chicken at a burger restaurant (I'm a purist-what can I say?) this definitely made me think twice about that. The avocado club: Fresh avocado, applewood-smok ed bacon, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing and mayo on a multi-grain bun. Yum. 

The story behind the name!

Some of our tasting burgers to see! Seriously drooling. Check out the full menu here.

I was loving each bite and they even had mini milkshakes for us!

Left to right: BBQ Bacon Cheddar burger, classic chicken, and the spicy veggie black bean burger (my first veggie burger and I was impressed!)

After our tasting, they let us "smash" our own burgers in the kitchen! I let my husband do the "smashing" while I had fun. I think he enjoyed it if you can't tell! 

Such a cute place!

Not only did they have great burgers and sides but milkshakes. Haagen Daaz milkshakes. Although I'm usually too full after a good burger and fry. 
We tried the Oreo milkshake and again, yum.


Smashburger now has 2 Austin locations:
  •  Lakeline- Highway 183 and Lakeline Blvd- 14028 N Hwy 183
  • Southpark Meadows-located at Slaughter Ln & I-35. 9900 S IH 35, Austin TX
And of course, locations all over Texas, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, California and then a bunch of other states too! Find one near you!

Okay, it's 9 in the morning and I can't talk about burgers any more! Is it lunch time yet?

Disclosure: Smashburger invited me for lunch but that's it. All photos and opinions are my own! 
 

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