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Smashburger San Diego

stevuchan Oct 28, 2009 01:37 PM

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. Captain Jack RE: stevuchan Oct 28, 2009 02:58 PM

    "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
      fourunder RE: Captain Jack Oct 28, 2009 03:05 PM

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



      1. re: fourunder
        Captain Jack RE: fourunder Oct 30, 2009 09:09 AM

        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
          honkman RE: daniellegano Feb 22, 2010 03:15 PM

          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
            cstr RE: honkman Feb 23, 2010 07:14 AM

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

          2. re: daniellegano
            stevuchan RE: daniellegano Feb 22, 2010 03:33 PM

            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
              SDGourmand RE: stevuchan Feb 23, 2010 06:37 AM

              they say spring for there la jolla spot.

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        stevewag23 RE: stevuchan Oct 28, 2009 04:16 PM

        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
          RB Hound RE: stevewag23 Oct 28, 2009 04:32 PM

          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
            honkman RE: RB Hound Oct 28, 2009 04:51 PM

            Do we really need any fast food burger places ?

            1. re: RB Hound
              psychotron RE: RB Hound Oct 28, 2009 05:49 PM

              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
                stevewag23 RE: RB Hound Oct 28, 2009 06:37 PM


                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
                  MrKrispy RE: stevewag23 Oct 29, 2009 09:39 AM

                  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
                    hoppy2468 RE: MrKrispy Oct 29, 2009 05:33 PM

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

                    1. re: hoppy2468
                      stevewag23 RE: hoppy2468 Oct 29, 2009 05:57 PM

                      I think they are coming to Coronado first.

                      Do you not like it?

                      1. re: stevewag23
                        hoppy2468 RE: stevewag23 Oct 29, 2009 06:46 PM

                        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
                          Captain Jack RE: hoppy2468 Oct 29, 2009 07:23 PM

                          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
                            RB Hound RE: Captain Jack Oct 30, 2009 04:00 PM

                            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
                            stevewag23 RE: hoppy2468 Oct 30, 2009 01:41 AM

                            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
                              honkman RE: stevewag23 Oct 30, 2009 10:19 AM

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

                            2. re: hoppy2468
                              cstr RE: hoppy2468 Oct 30, 2009 06:21 AM

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

                              1. re: hoppy2468
                                DiningDiva RE: hoppy2468 Oct 30, 2009 09:54 AM

                                Wow, what poor customer service

                              2. re: stevewag23
                                juantanamera RE: stevewag23 Oct 30, 2009 02:20 PM

                                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
                              royaljester RE: MrKrispy Nov 7, 2009 06:28 AM

                              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?

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                        stevewag23 RE: stevuchan Nov 2, 2009 11:20 AM

                        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
                          kiiess RE: stevewag23 Nov 2, 2009 08:36 PM

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

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                          marko711 RE: stevuchan Nov 7, 2009 08:19 PM

                          Sounds like the George Foreman burgers I make at home

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