As a Southern California girl I have the bragging rights of having In N Out near my house and for many years. I love an In N Out animal style cheese burger, with both kinds of onion, and I split an animal style fries. Oh yum.
Well, I keep hearing about Smashburger. I am always open to try new places, especially ones that serve rosemary garlic fries.
Ryan and I decided to try them out the other night for the first time. Ryan ordered the San Diego which has fresh avocado, fresh cilantro and onions, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and spicy chipotle mayo on a torta roll. Served with a wedge of lime. I got the Spicy Baja which has pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, spicy chipotle mayo and fresh jalapeños on a spicy chipotle bun. I substituted the spicy chipotle bun with the egg bun. I figured it would be spicy enough. We both ordered smash fries which are tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic.
We were told to wait 5-6 minutes and our food would be up. We ordered at 6:32 pm. I know this because while I waited I did the phone survey on my receipt. At 6:53pm our food was ready. Twenty minutes to get your food is not a great first impression. To top it off our fries were cold. Frustrated and annoyed we just hoped the burgers were decent.
Ryan seemed to enjoy his. I did not love the over cooked edges of the burger, but it was tasty. Smashburger is also quite expensive. At In N Out we can get two burgers, a fry, and it cost about 10 bucks. We spent close to 20 bucks here. I most likely will give them a second chance (especially since I have two coupons; one for a free burger and one for a free side) and see if the experience is better.
Maybe if I get a salad next time it won’t take as long. But, salad defeats the purpose, right?