Smashburger, located out in BFE (aka Citrus Heights) had eluded me until recently when I went out with my ladies lunch club, oddly called Ladies Who Lunch (if you want to join this exclusive club there’s a ten page application, and some family members get a huge discount on the dues in order to encourage membership, while other family members have to pay a steep fee in order to discourage it – this means YOU, Aunt Bertha).
Anyway, have you ever been to Smashburger? It a big bright clean friendly place. I think their ceilings are 75 feet high. Or something like that. Big ass billboards bedeck the walls.
Now, I don’ t know about you, but I’m a tomato snob and if your tomatoes are not red, ripe, and flavorful, I am not interested and since 99.999999% of the time, your tomatoes are indeed NOT red, ripe and flavorful, I will not waste either of our precious time asking for them. Luckily, Smashburger’s menu is not only diverse, but also flexible.
I don’t want all the fancy stuff on my cheeseburger. I just want ketchup, mustard, and pickles and that’s pretty much it. None of that “special sauce” for me. Of course, bacon is a given on any burger (or sandwich, or pancake breakfast, or ice cream sundae, or shoes), but as this was my first time, I wanted to try a simple cheeseburger.
And some fries. I think all burger joints should be judged by their fries. I mean, let’s face it, if you met a cool guy who was a great conversationalist and a big hit at parties, would you hang out with him as much if his wife were a shrew? Exactly. Anyway, if the cheese is melted and not burnt, they get extra points, so this burger of mine was a smash hit! (Get it? Smash hit, because…the place is called….oh, never mind)
Now, I embrace burger diversity. You can have whatever you want on your burger and I will not judge. Two ladies in our party ordered the Mushroom Swiss Burger, which, gag me with a spoon, but I’m not the one who has to eat it, so they could knock themselves out with that slimy snail-like raw oysterish fungi on their burger. What I will applaud, however, was one of their alternatives to french fries: fried pickles.
FYI: fried pickles = awesome. They brought us various dipping sauces for the fried pickles, or the sweet potato fries, I forgot which, but I tried it and yum!
Meanwhile, another member of our party tried the Buffalo Smashchicken and thought it delicious.
They even have salads and fried asparagus spears. I just wish they were closer to my home. Instead, because they are in Citrus Heights and Folsom, a couple of the outer-lying villages surrounding Sacramento, I have to pack a rucksack, camping gear and the like, just so I can try a dang burger.
Have you ever tried Smashburger? Did you have to drive or take a plane to get there? And what did you think of the place?
I’m now down to one last burger chain to try and that’s Sonic Burger. Wherever THEY are. I see the commercials, but I’ve never run across one in this city. Personally, I think they’re made up. Someone is yanking our chain trying to get us excited about a fictitious burger. I’m sure of it. When I finally do locate one, they’d better not have shrews for fries.
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