Smashburger, a “better burger” restaurant, recently opened its first Connecticut location in the Waterford Commons Center at 903 Hartford Turnpike in Waterford. The franchise is owned by Mohegan Holdings, LLC. who have plans to open several more locations in the Northeast region.
“We are excited to bring Smashburger’s better burger to Waterford. Satisfying and real, basic and good, affordable and fresh – Smashburger is a place with a burger soul,” says Smashburger Founder & Chief Concept Officer, Tom Ryan. “With a broad menu of handcrafted burgers, chicken, salads, signature sides and handspun shakes, Smashburger has something for everyone and we are proud to be opening in the area.”
As with all Smashburger locations, there is one burger created to represent the region. The Constitution Smashburger and chicken sandwich with Provolone cheese, mayonnaise, pesto, baby spinach, tomato and Giardinara on a Ciabatta bun has been created for the New England region.
The Smashburger name derives from the “smash” they do on their burgers and chicken fillets. They start with 100-percent fresh, never frozen, all-natural Certified Angus Beef and is smashed on a 400 degree flat grill to sear in the juicy flavor. To enhance the burgers even more they are served on toasted artisan buns and topped with a variety of the freshest produce, real cheeses, and condiments.
You can create your own, starting with a burger or chicken and then selecting the type of bun, cheese, sauce, and toppings. There are five “premium” add-ons that cost extra. Their “smashburgers” are offered in three sizes: small, regular, and big.
Smashburger doesn’t just offer burgers, they also have tender marinated grilled, crispy chicken, black bean sandwiches (vegan option) and fresh-tossed signature salads (spinach, cucumber and goat cheese; Harvest, Classic Cobb; and Baja Cobb), all which can be accompanied by a side; including rosemary and garlic–seasoned Smashfries, Haystack Onions, and Veggie Frites (flash-fried and seasoned carrot sticks and green beans). For drinks, there are the typical “fountain drinks”, water, juice, milk, and six different flavors of “hand-spun shakes” made with Haagen-Dazs ice cream. They also offer, non-typical for a burger place, a variety of beers and wines. There are also “Kids Meals” for the young ones.
We sampled several tasty and juicy smashburgers and a couple chicken sandwiches plus a few items from the fries and sides section of the menu during the pre-opening.
Smashdries: shoestring fries tossed with rosemary, olive oil, and garlic.
Sweet Potato Fries: Spicy Buffalo Fries with Blue Cheese dipping sauce, Haystack Onions and Fried Pickles with Ranch dipping sauce. Not many places in the North serve fried pickles.
Classic Smash: smashburger with American cheese, Smash sauce, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion on an egg bun.
BBQ, Bacon, and Cheddar Burger: smashburger topped with BBQ sauce, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and haystack onions on an egg bun.
Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger: smashburger topped with truffle mayo, sautéed crimini mushrooms, and aged Swiss cheese on an egg bun.
The Regional Constitution Smashburger: which can be ordered with either a burger or chicken and is topped with pesto, giardiniera, baby spinach, provolone, tomatoes and mayo served on a ciabatta bun.
Avocado Ranch Black Bean Burger: smash black bean burger topped with fresh avocado, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and ranch sauce on a multi-grain bun
Spinach, Cucumber, and Goat Cheese Chicken: smash chicken topped with cucumbers, spinach, goat cheese, tomato, onion and balsamic vinaigrette on a multi-grain bun
Buffalo & Blue Cheese Crispy Chicken: crispy smash chicken topped with Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce, blue cheese crumbles, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on an egg bun.
One can join the Smashburger’s Smash Club where members receive the latest news, tastiest promotions and exclusive coupons. Check on their website for nutritional information. If you are watching your sodium intake, order your sandwich without their seasoning.
Smashburger is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Smashburger is a leading fast casual “better burger” restaurant with more than 290 corporate and franchise restaurants operating in 30 states and in five international countries. 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.