The Newest Smash

Smashburger offers a large variety of foods including a classic cheeseburger (pictured above) along with salads, veggie options, and sides such as fries.

Pauline Villegas

PAULINE VILLEGAS Smashburger offers a large variety of foods including a classic cheeseburger (pictured above) along with salads, veggie options, and sides such as fries.

Pauline Villegas, Asst. A&E Editor

If you are craving a beef patty and a bun, you can pretty much drive through any fast food restaurant and satisfy your craving in under 10 minutes, but if you are looking for something new in the burger world, look no further than The Shoppes at Chino Hills and the newest burger joint, Smashburger.

When I first walked in, a sign immediately pointed me toward the direction of the line, where there was no waiting to order.

After a quick glance at the menu, my parents and I were ready to order. The name Smashburger might lead you to believe that you would only have one food option, but you have the choice of a regular burger, a veggie burger, a chicken sandwich, or a salad. All menu items range from $5 to $8.

My mom and I both ordered one of their regular cheeseburgers with fries, and my step-dad decided to build his own burger. He chose the type of bun, meat, and condiments he wanted. The side options included seasoned vegetables, regular fries, and sweet potato fries. He eventually selected a veggie burger and a side of seasoned vegetables.

As soon as we finished ordering, we were given a number and cups. Finding a seat was fairly easy considering it wasn’t too crowded. With a trendy color scheme of red and white, Smashburger is modern and stylish. The pictures and words on the walls make you excited to eat your food, as you are surrounded by bright colors and cool graphics. The name Smashburger comes from the unique way that they prepare the patty. Natural lighting from the many windows ran throughout the entire restaurant, which added to the overall vibe.

Within 10 minutes of ordering, a waitress brought our meals out. Many waitresses were frequently checking on us and were happy to serve us with a smile. Displayed in a metal tray, the plate comes with an open burger and the side of your choice. All of our meals looked extremely appetizing. The bun was moist and the patty was cooked to perfection. As soon as I took my first bite, I knew this was no ordinary drive-through cheeseburger. The patty looked “smashed” and the seasoning put into it was flavorful. The thin cut fries were a bit on the salty side, but were still enjoyable.

My step-dad’s meal looked a little different than ours. The veggie burger, which was served on a whole-wheat bun, was much more colorful. His side, of seasoned vegetables were both crunchy and flavorful. Both of our burgers included the secret condiment that the restaurant calls “Smash Sauce.” This sauce resembled mustard in look and flavor, but added a thousand island dressing taste to the burger.

After our first couple of bites, we realized that Smashburger would soon be a new favorite of ours. The service was reasonably good with waitresses coming around to make sure we were okay. The serving sizes were not ridiculously huge like I thought they would be. My step-dad was the first to finish, completely licking his plate. My mom and I soon followed as we continued to snack on our sides.

We walked out of the restaurant with satisfied tastebuds and full stomachs. My visit to Smashburger was quite savory and my family and I agreed that we would soon return.