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Smashburger Opens in North Raleigh Dec. 17th!

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Smashburger

Smashburger, the nation’s fastest growing “better burger” restaurant, is gearing up to open its second Triangle location Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the Shops at Falls Village (6679 Falls of Neuse Rd.) in North Raleigh. I visited their Durham location back in March and was very impressed with the food. I had heard rumors that a Raleigh location was in the works and am excited that it is finally happening. I am always on the hunt for a great burger and we need a place like this on Falls of Neuse Road. You can read my full review of the Durham Smashburger here and find details about the Raleigh location Grand Opening on the 17th below.

Samshburger Grand Opening Celebration
The community is invited to opening day for a first-hand taste, fun onsite activities (including a SNOW machine) for the kids to enjoy snow flurries along with fun games and tasty giveaway opportunities throughout the day. The grand opening will also help raise money for Communities in Schools of Wake County, the area’s largest dropout prevention agency that helps students in need. The local restaurant owners are donating 10 percent of total proceeds from opening day through Friday, Dec. 19 to the local nonprofit.

The Food
At Smashburger, the secret is in the smash. It starts with 100-percent fresh, never frozen Certified Angus Beef that is smashed on a 400-degree flat grill to sear in the juicy flavor. To further the “better burger” experience, the delicious burgers are served on toasted artisan buns (including gluten-free buns) and topped with a selection of the freshest produce, real cheeses and highest quality condiments.

Smashburger serves more than just burgers. Guests can also enjoy a selection of tender marinated grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, black bean burgers, and fresh-tossed signature salads, along with a variety of irresistible sides including rosemary and garlic-seasoned Smashfries, Haystack Onions and Veggie Frites (flash-fried and seasoned carrot sticks and green beans). The restaurant will also serve a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages ranging from handspun shakes, root beer floats in frosted mugs and beer, including local craft brews.

About Smashburger
Smashburger is a leading fast casual “better burger” restaurant with more than 290 corporate and franchise restaurants operating in 32 states and in five international countries. The company began in 2007 with the vision of Rick Schaden and funding by Consumer Capital Partners—the private equity firm that he and his father Richard own. By offering fresh, premium “smashed to order” burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, signature side items and hand-spun shakes, Smashburger has modernized the way people think about burgers. Known for localizing its menu in every market with regionally inspired burgers, side items and local craft beers, Smashburger has received numerous awards, including topping Fast Casual’s 2012 Top Mover & Shakers list, America’s Most Promising Company by Forbes magazine, INC. 500’s List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies and INC’s #9 Hire Power Award winner, as well as regularly receiving “best burger” awards in cities around the world. To learn more, visit http://www.smashburger.com.

About Communities In Schools of Wake County
CIS Wake helps schools remove the barriers that put students at risk of wasting their potential by surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. As the area’s largest dropout prevention agency, they serve more than 2,200 students at four after-school community-based learning centers and within 16 Wake County public school sites. Their goal is to reduce the Wake County Public School System dropout rate and prepare students for post-secondary education and careers. They achieve this by providing individualized case management that tracks and increases student performance in attendance, behavior and course work success. For more information, please visit http://www.ciswake.org.

Smashburger – Raleigh
6679 Falls of Neuse Rd – Raleigh, NC (map)
Website: http://smashburger.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smashburger
Instagram http://instagram.com/Smashburger
Twitter: @SmashBurger

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Smashburger Durham Giveaway!

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Smashburger!

I’m happy to share that the news that the new Smashburger location in Durham’s Lakeview Pavilion is providing Triangle Explorer readers a chance to win two FREE dinner entrees. To enter simply leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite burger topping or milkshake flavor. You can also enter by sharing this post on twitter using the hashtag #ExploreSmashburger or by sharing it on facebook. The winner will be randomly chosen next Friday May 30th at noon and notified via email.

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BBQ, Bacon, & Cheddar Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Smashburger has a wide selection of fresh, never frozen Certified Angus Beef burgers “smashed” on a 400-degree flat grill to sear in the juicy flavor and served on toasted artisan buns. They have more than just burgers too, offering tender grilled chicken sandwiches and fresh-tossed signature salads, and handspun Häagen-Dazs shakes. They also offer a variety of irresistible sides including rosemary and garlic–seasoned Smashfries, Haystack Onions and Veggie Frites (flash-fried and seasoned carrot sticks and green beans).

You can read my full review of the from back in March here.

Smashburger – Durham
2608 Erwin Road – Durham, NC (map)
Website: http://smashburger.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smashburger
Instagram http://instagram.com/Smashburger
Twitter: @SmashBurger

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My Visit to Smashburger in Durham

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Smashburger in Durham

I am a HUGE burger fan and last week I finally had a chance to visit the Triangle’s first Smashburger location. It opened just two weeks ago and is located in Durham’s Lakeview Pavilion East shopping centeracross the street from Duke University Hospital.

I was invited to visit the Durham location by the franchise owners and local residents Ketan and Jayshri Patel. As with any media preview my meal was comped, but trust me when I say this does not influence my review  in any way. My wife will be the first to tell you that I am very particular about my burgers and I have a few key criteria that I expect from a great burger place. With that in mind here are my thoughts on the Triangle’s first Smashburger!

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Smashburger and Rosemary & Garlic Fries

When I try a new burger place I like to judge them by the basics that make the foundation of a great burger.  So I got the “Classic Smash”. I had the 1/3 pound version with American cheese, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion and the signature secret house-made “smash sauce”. The four  critical elements I look at are what I call BTBF. That’s Burger, Toppings, Buns, andFries!

The Burger
I’ll get right to the the punchline – Smashburger impressed me the most of all the casual burger places I have reviewed since starting this blog four years ago. The meat of the burger is fresh (not frozen) and is seared on the grill that lock in the flavorful making for delicious juicy burger. I also really enjoyed unique taste from the added Smashburger sauce which provides just the right amount of “kick” without overwhelming the burger’s natural flavor. The burgers are not greasy and are made fresh to order and come out nice and hot.

Toppings
The lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickle toppings were crisp, fresh, and plentiful. These toppings aren’t an afterthought, they complete the burger. I also love that the sandwich is served open faced making it easy to add condiments and it also prevents the sandwich from being smooshed together (which often happens at other burger places that wrap them in foil).

The Bun
Most of all it was on a nice toasted potato bun. This to me makes such a big difference! I can not tell you how often I have been disappointing by burgers served up on boring white bread buns that are too soft and smoosh easily. To me having a good toasted bun that is slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside like the ones used at Smashburger is what puts the finishing touch on a quality sandwich.

The Fries
French fries are another place where many places drop the ball. I am glad to report that this is not the case at Smashburger. I enjoyed a nice order crispy french fries with garlic and rosemary. It garlic and rosemary were not overwhelming and it made for some very tasty fries. I also liked that the order of fries was ample (some places really wimp out on fries). In addition to the garlic rosemary fries Smashburger offers regular fries, sweet potato fries, haystack onion rings, and veggie frites. So the side options offer a lot of variety.

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BBQ, Bacon, & Cheddar Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich
Smashburger is more than just burgers. Customers can also enjoy a selection of tender grilled chicken sandwiches and fresh-tossed signature salads. While I didn’t get a chance to have a salad, I did try their BBQ, Bacon, & Cheddar grilled chicken sandwich with haystack-style onion rings piled high. The burgers may be the central focus for some, but I found the chicken sandwich to be equally delicious. I like how the chicken was tenderized before being grilled making for a larger but thinner piece of chicken. This allows it to be cooked quickly and thoroughly without drying out the chicken. The chicken sandwiches were also served on a hearty potato bun which I love.

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Strawberry Shake

The restaurant will also serves a nice selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including handspun Häagen-Dazs shakes, root beer floats in frosted mugs and beer, including a few local beer options. I opted for a strawberry shake. No only was it delicious (using quality ice cream really makes a difference) they served the shake in a classic shake glass topped with a little whipped cream. It really hit the spot. I didn’t hurt that the shake is served with the metal shaker along with that little extra they couldn’t quite fit into the tall glass.

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Seating at Smashburger

Seating and Service
In terms of environment, Smashburger is your classic casual restaurant offering counter ordering where guest are given a number to take to their table.  Seating is modern and ample ranging from booths, high tops, and individual tables that can be combined for larger parties. Staff deliver your order directly to the table and frequently come by during your to see if you need anything and to bus the tables. It was an unexpected and welcome touch. Good service goes a long way in my book.

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Smashburger

From one burger lover to another I highly recommend you check out Smashburger. And while I stuck to the classic offerings there are plenty of more adventurous menu items for you to check out like the Carolina Chili Smashburger. A burger topped with layers of melted American cheese, beefy chili, chopped yellow onion, Duke’s mayo and coleslaw on a pretzel bun. I might try that one the next time  I go back (which I hope is soon).

There are plans to possible open additional locations in the Triangle so keep an eye out. I know I am secretly hoping they pick a North Raleigh location next. In the meantime you can visit the Durham Smashburger location and be sure to let me know what you think!

Smashburger
2608 Erwin Road – Durham, NC (map)
Website: http://smashburger.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smashburger
Instagram http://instagram.com/Smashburger
Twitter: @SmashBurger

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Smashburger Comes to Durham!

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Smashburger Grand Opening – Wednesday March 12th!
If you’ve followed me on the blog for a while you have probably realized I have a fondness for great burgers. So I’m excited to share the news that 
Smashburger, the nation’s fastest growing “better burger” restaurant, is gearing up to open its very first Triangle location Wednesday, March 12 in Durham’s Lakeview Pavilion East shopping center (2608 Erwin Road), located across from Duke University Hospital and down the road from Duke University. 

The Durham Smashburger location is being opened by local residents and area franchise owners Ketan and Jayshri Patel. The community is invited to come out for opening day, where they can be one of the first to taste the 100-percent Certified Angus Beef burger burgers, celebrate with fun onsite activities and help raise money for Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center. (The Patel’s are donating 10 percent of total proceeds from opening day through Sunday, March 16 to the organization.)

Smashburger Sides

The Food
Smashburger brings juicy burgers that are smashed fresh, served delicious, along with chicken sandwiches, black bean burgers, salads, Haagen-Dazs shakes, tempting sides and regional menu items specifically crafted to please local’s palates throughout the Triangle. The Durham Smashburger, will feature the Carolina Chili Smashburger, a 100-percent Certified Angus Beef burger topped with layers of melted American cheese, beefy chili, chopped yellow onion, Duke’s mayo and coleslaw on a pretzel bun.

Smashburger HarvestSalad

More than just Burgers
Customers can also enjoy a selection of tender grilled chicken sandwiches and fresh-tossed signature salads, along with a variety of irresistible sides including rosemary and garlic–seasoned Smashfries, Haystack Onions and Veggie Frites (flash-fried and seasoned carrot sticks and green beans). The restaurant will also serve a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including handspun Häagen-Dazs shakes, root beer floats in frosted mugs and beer, including local craft brews.

Smashburger Chicken Club

The Smashburger Approach
At Smashburger, the secret is in the smash. It starts with 100-percent fresh, never frozen Certified Angus Beef that is smashed on a 400-degree flat grill to sear in the juicy flavor. To further the “better burger” experience, the delicious burgers are served on toasted artisan buns and topped with a selection of the freshest produce, real cheeses and highest quality condiments.

Smashburger Shakes

More Information
This is the first of several Smashburger restaurants the Patels will open in the Triangle area. I’ll be checking out this first location next week so check back for my review and more pictures of their menu items. Additional information on the timing and location future Triangle stores will be announced in the coming months. To learn more, visit www.smashburger.com and follow them at www.facebook.com/smashburger or on Twitter and Instagram.

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