Today I am also thankful for social media because I received one Facebook post and one Facebook private message with the awesome tip, plus a late breaking email from Grub Street, New York magazine's food and restaurant blog.
The deal is simple - 1 free classic burger when you show a burger-affiliated ID. I knew very little about Smashburger, we are more In-n-Out, Steak N' Shake or Five Guys people when it comes to chains, so I was ready for a taste.
There is a Smashburger that is sort of on my way home from work. And when I left work late, saw the rain and corresponding traffic, I knew that a somewhat circuitious route on side roads would probably not take much longer than sitting in a parking-lot like parkway.
I called JB and he agreed to the plan, with a caveat. He wanted one, too. I reiterated the 1 burger per burger policy, but JB, ever the loophole-finder texted me a photo of his license.
The restaurant was pleasantly bright, especially with the gloomy rain outside, and full of families (other Bergers perhaps?) enjoying their meals. Smashburger is a "Fast Casual" establishment, meaning you order your food at the counter, pay, take your seat and await your server who deposits said food on your table.
I explained my fate to the counterpeople, flashed my ID and presto, I had two free burgers. The official deal was 1 Classic. I opted for 1 Classic with the works and 1 Classic completely plain. 7 minutes later my food was deposited at a stand up bar and I was on my way.
Both burgers had an excellent egg bun but just an average burger. The burger was much bigger than a typical fast food burger, but it lacked taste. The bun was greasy and buttery. JB's works included
American cheese, smash sauce, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion. The smash sauce tasted remarkably like mustard, but who can complain - it was completely free.
Since it's a chain, I'll add it to the list of stops on a future road trip. I think big Z and little D (aka the sliders) would like it, too.
Until our next Berger,
Smashburger - Wantagh
1223 Wantagh Ave