On a recent trip to Schaumburg, we stumbled upon a wonderful discovery called Smashburger. I realize that Smashburger is old news to everyone every where else in the US, but not to people from small town Iowa. I had actually heard of the chain before, they boast hundreds of North American locations.
Walking in, we were greeted by a friendly manager who asked if we had ever visited a Smashburger. We said No, so he explained the menu to us. The food is all made fresh and their specialty is the beef burgers they smash and sear on the grill. They have several options or you can pick and choose your toppings. First you choose the bready receptacle for your beef. They have my personal favorite, pretzel buns. Love them buns. Then, choose a cheesy cloak for your beef and amass an army of free toppings. You can also add several fancy schmancy garnishments for small fees, such as fried eggs, avocado, and garlic mushrooms.
In addition to burgers, they also serve crispy or grilled chicken, black bean burgers, and hot dogs. Yay, choices! In my black book of restaurants, this positions them higher than Five Guys. Sides are offered a la carte and include veggie frites, sweet potato fries, and BEHOLD.. fried pickles. Be still my heart.
Richie was stoked to see Green River in bottles.
We ordered and paid at the front counter then found a booth to sit in. The manager even brought over a high chair for us, which I thought was nice because it's a fast food, serve yourself restaurant. Try getting that service at Burger King. About five minutes later he brought us our food.
When they say Smashburger, they mean Smashburger. Even my chicken was smushed flat. Smashchicken just doesn't have the same name appeal, but it looked and smelled amazing. Richie ordered the Barbecue Bacon Cheddar and added a fried egg for good measure and poor health.
Red ordered the hot dog kids meal but it was a might big dog that I couldn't resist tasting.
The chicken came as requested with spinach, mustard, and pickles. Everything was fresh and the pickles were especially crunchy. The chicken was juicy and had a good char flavor. The bun was great and tasted like an big unsalted Super Pretzel.
Richie eloquently described the burger as very juicy and tasty. Cooked perfectly. The toppings were harmonious and abundent. Each bite was composed of all the flavors and textures of the sauce, bacon, egg, cheese, and onion straws.
After our meal, I seriously considered opening a franchise in the QCA, but then I remembered that I have no money. The nearest location is Bloomington Illinois. So please, will someone bring Smashburger to the Quad-Cities? Pretty please? You won't be disappointed.