When I knew I was heading to Colorado one of the first things I did was check to see if there was an In-N-Out nearby. We ALWAYS have In-N-Out when we’re in California and I figured that Colorado was close. Not close enough apparently. *sigh* My colleague was disappointed, she has heard me blather on about In-N-out burger for some time – she was hoping to make a trip to burger heaven. . .Last Thursday my colleague said she felt like a good burger for dinner. Always oneto go along with a huge pile of grilled beef I quickly googled ‘Denver’s best burger’ and was directed to a quickly growing local chain called Smashburger. I crossed my fingers and discovered that there was one close to the hotel. MMMMM We headed out, hopeful that we would find something close to the joy that is In-N-Out!
We found thick, hand-mixed shakes, made with Häagen-Daz ice cream and served with the can, and big old root beer floats fizzing with robust IBC root beer. The crisp, golden fries come sprinkle of sea salt or tossed with fresh rosemary, garlic, and olive oil. Joanne still talks about the onion strings! Theres even a small and inexpensive beer and wine selection.
The restaurants name refers to its practice of pressing down on the burgers while theyre on the grill. That seems counter intuitive, smashing the meats juices out of the patty, but the results, in third- and half-pound options, are perfectly charred on the outside and pleasantly juicy inside. Theyre nicely topped, too, with add-ons that include thick slices of applewood-smoked bacon, fried eggs, deep-fried onions and sautéed mushrooms; even the toasted buns earn bonus points for quality control. Heck – they won’t even mock you if you have it plain! I however, make no such promises.
The brightly colored, super-graphic setting has its perks, the staff is cheerleader-level friendly and $6.99 is the menus price ceiling. Apparently this is a chain on the move, in fact they have recently signed a mega deal to move into the midwest . . . come on Smashburger – Toronto isn’t that far away!
Oh yes, how did it compare to the fabled In-N-Out burger?
Shhhhh . . . it may have been better (as he looks about for bolts from above coming to strike him down)!