I’m somewhat of a burger snob. You can’t be sure fast food burgers are actually beef, so I generally steer clear of those – and most fast food in general. My favorite burger joint by far is Hopdoddy. When we’re in the mood for a burger, there’s no question where we’re going. [imagine there’s a photo of the restaurant & my favorite Magic Shroom burger here. currently all of my photos are being held hostage by my phone which suffered an untimely death last week.]
Recently a Smashburger opened in North Austin and I was intrigued. Not quite in the same playing field as Hopdoddy, but it looked like a potential alternative to your regular run-of-the-mill fast food burger. So Friday night we decided to give it a shot.
Each Smashburger has a location-specific burger and to be honest, I’m kind of disappointed with what they offered for Texas. Super boring.
Brad and I decided to order two different burgers to split: BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar (BBQ sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar and haystack onions on an egg bun)
and the Spicy Baja (jalapenos, guac, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle mayo on a spicy chipotle bun)
I thought the Baja would be my favorite, but I was wrong – it was the BBQ Bacon & Cheddar. I think the guac kind of ruined the Baja for me, which is weird because I LOVE guac but it ruined the spiciness of the burger overall. For normal people who don’t douse their meals in Sriracha: Brad said if the burger DIDN’T have the guac it definitely would have been too spicy for him. So there’s that. We both ordered Smashfries (tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic) and they’re a must-have. Don’t think, just order.
Overall the burgers were pretty good. I liked the large variety of burgers and option to build your own. They weren’t as greasy as fast food burgers, which is a big plus. But I didn’t think the patty itself was super flavorful and it almost seemed a little dry, probably due to the burger being “smashed”.
We might come back again if we’re in the mood for something different, but Hopdoddy is still the big winner in my book.