Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Smashburger Comes to Culver City

Smashburger is the brainchild of Tom Ryan, who has 20 years as a fast food executive under his belt, from Quizno's to McDonald's. Before all that, though, he had a PhD in Flavor and Fragrance Chemistry, and it showed in all his creative new ideas. You'll see his idea for Smashburger in just a bit.

Smashburger creates a special burger for different locations, and the one we have, the L.A. Burger, happens to be my favorite out of the few burgers I tried. The LA Burger combines the ethnic influences we have in this town with crispy wonton, fried egg, cilantro, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and Japanese steakhouse ginger dressing on a black and white sesame seed bun.

LA Burger
It may sound kind of weird, but this was a delicious and interesting combo. The price point is very friendly as well at $5.99 for a regular (you can also go "big" or "double").

So, back to Tom Ryan's idea and the name of Smashburger. The beef patty at Smashburger is literally smashed. They do this to create space so the heat can percolate up more evenly. The patty is then seasoned while searing.
We tasted the patty on its own right of the griddle and you get this really beefy taste.
The buns are buttered and toasted using this machine, where the roller is covered in butter.
Another local flavor that originated from the San Diego location has now made it national. The Fresh Mex burger is topped with fresh avocado, chopped cilantro, onions, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and spicy chipotle mayo on a Mexican roll, served with a wedge of lime

What's a burger place without milkshakes, right? I'm personally a Chai lover so I was pretty excited to see that they have a Chai milkshake! It tasted pretty light, too, so it doesn't overwhelm the chai flavor. You also can't go wrong with the salted caramel.
For those wanting to be healthier, Smashburger has many different options including a chicken sandwich (which was also "smashed").
Chicken Burger

Healthier still are the salad bowls, or get the vegetable sticks instead of french fries!
Chicken Salad

10704 Venice Boulevard, Ste 330
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 893-6244
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