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Oct 28, 2009 01:37 PM

Smashburger San Diego

This just in, has anyone tried Smashburger? Guess they are a chain out of Denver.

Smashburger, Smash Bros LLC Open Seven Locations Over Two Years
SAN DIEGO--(Business Wire)--
Smashburger, a fast-casual `better burger` restaurant has partnered with Smash
Bros LLC. Smash Bros LLC-a non-traditional retail and commercial development
firm that grows brands with solid operations and unique market positions-is the
partner company of Elkins-Whisenhunt, Inc.

Smash Bros LLC will bring seven Smashburgers to San Diego over two years.

Named for the cooking method used to create the perfect burger, Smashburgers
start with a one-third or half-pound of 100-percent fresh Angus beef smashed,
seared and seasoned on a grill. Served on a butter-toasted artisan bun and
topped with real cheeses, the freshest produce and top-quality condiments.

The restaurant also serves delicious Smashchicken, Smashdogs and Smashsalads,
with sides like veggie frites and rosemary and garlic-seasoned Smashfries.
Diners can enjoy Häagen-Dazs shakes, root beer floats, beer and wine.

"Smashburger is thrilled to bring `better burgers` to San Diego," says
Smashburger President Scott Crane.

"My group looks forward to bringing these incredible burgers to our hometown,
San Diego," says David Whisenhunt, co-founder of Elkins-Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt
has worked with Starbucks, Quiznos, and Jamba Juice.

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  1. "Smashing" a burger patty while it is on the grill or griddle forces the natural juices out of the meat resulting in a dry burger, right? Am I missing something here?

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    1. re: Captain Jack

      Presumably, they smash the raw meat onto the grill.....not when it is cooking, so no loss of any juices.

      1. re: fourunder

        So I watched the videos and checked out the website. What a marketing machine/scheme they have in place. The whole "smash" concept looks iffy to me. Guess ill just have to give them the benefit of the doubt, and try one when they open. The prices sure aint cheap for a fast food burger though $4.99 for the basic. In-N-Out cheesburgers at $1.99 will be something they must overcome.

        1. re: daniellegano

          Why should smashing a patty speed up the caramalizing process chemically ? I guess I have to try this trick next time with my 4 lb chuck before braising it.

          1. re: honkman

            You can beat that with a sluge hammer before you braise it!

          2. re: daniellegano

            The myth that searing "seals in juices" has been debunked numerous times. It is simply not true. There are however many other advantages to searing. Has this place opened yet and has anyone tried the SD location?

            1. re: stevuchan

              they say spring for there la jolla spot.

      2. The influx of burger joints in san diego during the down economy is just like the influx of steakhouses in san diego during the up economy.


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        1. re: stevewag23

          Are there really that many burger places opening up? I know we've seen a few of the slightly upscale / grass fed beef places start up, but I don't think we've seen too many semi-upscale fast food burger places move in. Their menu makes it sound like they are in the Fuddrucker's / Fatburger price range - above the In-N-Outs, but below the Red Robin / Islands.

          I wonder if they've already identified a few locations.

          1200 Athens Ave, Lincoln, CA 95648

          1. re: RB Hound

            Do we really need any fast food burger places ?

            1. re: RB Hound

              I've been to Smashburger recently in Houston. They make a very good burger. It's not even in the same league as a fast food burger. For being a chain, it's a great burger. You won't get that hand-crafted element though like you would at an independent place.

              1. re: RB Hound


                It seems like more than half of the new places opening up are burger joints.

                The rest being taco shops.

                Taco Shop
                775 E Cypress Ave, Redding, CA 96002

                1. re: stevewag23

                  there should be a taco shop on every corner, like coffee shops!

                  Coffee Shop
                  912 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076

                  Taco Shop
                  775 E Cypress Ave, Redding, CA 96002

                  1. re: MrKrispy

                    I hope S.D. can avoid the Five Guys plague. They have totally infested the Chicagoland area

                    1. re: hoppy2468

                      I think they are coming to Coronado first.

                      Do you not like it?

                      1. re: stevewag23

                        No. It is a very expensive for a chainbarely average burger. You do get a ton of fries. I ordered a bacon cheeseburger that had no bacon. How do you screw THAT up? Went to the counter and told them,expecting a brand new burger. I had to return to my table and return to the counter with said burger to PROVE that it was baconless. I still believe that they think I ate the bacon first and then tried to rip them off for more. After consulting with the manager, they gave me some bacon wrapped in aluminium foil. By now the burger is stone cold and I should of checked further because they left the onions off too. Didn't complain further because I figured they would just dump some onions in my hand. I will never go back.

                        1. re: hoppy2468

                          The good thing hoppy is that they have In-N-Out to deal with out here. If they plague us with the experience you had, they will never make it.

                          1. re: Captain Jack

                            Just to clarify, hoppy, are you talking about "Five Guys", or are you talking about Smashburger? I get the impression you were talking about Five Guys, but I could be wrong.

                            $5 is an interesting price point. I do not think they are competing with truly fast food or with the gourmet burger places. I think they are competing with Fuddrucker's and Fatburger. And on a local level, they are *right* at the Hodad's price point. Hmmmm...

                            Hodads Restaurant
                            5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

                            1200 Athens Ave, Lincoln, CA 95648

                          2. re: hoppy2468

                            Where did this go down?

                            "It is a very expensive for a chainbarely average burger."

                            Isn't it 5 bucks?

                            I thought it was kind of cool.

                            I went there in miami beach. it was open till 3 am.

                            Met a model girl from latvia there.

                            So my experience could have been skewed.

                            1. re: stevewag23

                              "Isn't it 5 bucks?" - That's expensive for an average chainburger

                            2. re: hoppy2468

                              Ah yes, a congealed bacon cheese burger...mmmmm my fav. You can get that at Mickey D's for a buck.

                              1. re: stevewag23

                                FYI, Five Guys is on Coronado, but it's on the Navy base, so not really accessible to most of the public.

                            3. re: MrKrispy

                              I love how there are so many that chowhound automatically found and inserted "Coffee Shop" and "Taco Shop". Have they run out of original names?

                      2. Smashburger, a Denver-based fast-casual restaurant, and commercial developer Smash Bros. LLC said Oct. 28 they plan to open seven Smashburger locations in San Diego within the next two years.

                        “Burgers are the rightplay for this market,” said principal David Whisenhunt, who has worked with Starbucks, Quiznos and Jamba Juice.


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                        1. re: stevewag23

                          oh,i dont like to eat burger,but you write it so delicious!

                        2. Sounds like the George Foreman burgers I make at home