Get ready for the sizzle -- Smashburger opened yesterday at 6551 West 119th Street in Overland Park. This is the first Kansas City area location for the Denver-based fast-casual chain that takes its name from the practice of smashing down its Angus beef patties on the grill.
The space is bright, with the bold red of Smashburger's logo driving the color scheme: red booths and circular red pendant lamps in a space formerly occupied by Starbuck's (it was split in half; Starbuck's is still adjacent to the burger shop).
"That leaves a hell of a taste in your mouth," said the woman.
"Yup. That's a good one -- I'd come back for that," said the man.
Burgers are available in 1/3 lb. ($4.99 to $5.99) and 1/2 lb. ($5.99 to $6.99) sizes or with a chicken breast for what is known as smashchicken. The Spicy Baja (pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, chipotle mayo, and jalapenos on a chipotle bun) and the Kansas City smashburger (grilled onions, garlic sauteed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, haystack onions and A-1 steak sauce on an egg bun) have been popular early sellers.
The chain also has its own special sauce -- smash sauce is a blend of mayonnaise, yellow mustard, pickled relish and lemon juice. You can also create your own burger, choosing a bun, cheese, sauce and toppings. Among the add ons is a fried egg (99 cents), beefy chili (99 cents), guacamole (99 cents) and fried pickles (49 cents).
Fries come in three flavors -- smash (rosemary, olive oil and garlic), sweet potato (smash seasoning with sweet potatoes), or French fries (shoestring potatoes with sea salt). They're $2.79 to $2.99 as a basket, $1.99 with the order of a sandwich. Other sides include veggie frites (flash-fried asparagus spears, carrot sticks and green beens) and haystack onions (thinly sliced crispy onions).