Move over Habit and Fatburger. Smashburger has arrived and is bringing some fierce competition to the city of Aliso Viejo. With an official opening on Wednesday December 5th, Smashburger will open its second location in Orange County, the first being in the Mission Viejo Mall.

“I wanted to create a concept that brought better burgers forward and put burgers back into people’s lives. It’s about having the right level of quality, menu variety, and service” said founder Tom Ryan in a statement. Ryan was also quoted as saying “The idea is to include more occasion relevance and a lot more passion”.

The interior of the Aliso Viejo Smashburger is very modern, bold and clean. There is a lot of natural light in the restaurant and there are big comfy booths as well as plenty of tables. This makes it ideal for families to come and dine in a casual setting. Both Beer and wine are sold at Smashburger which makes it an ideal spot for a date night or a girls night out because after the families have gone the lights can be dimmed for a more relaxed scene.

Smashburger is known for its savory burgers, but the restaurant also serves up delicious Smashchicken sandwiches, Smashdogs, and Smashsalads, with sides like veggie frites and rosemary and garlic –seasoned Smashfries. Burger lovers can pair their meals with Häagen-Dazs shakes, and root-beer floats.

The Classic Smashburger – American cheese, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, onion, pickles and our smash sauce on an egg bun. Served with Haystack onion rings.

Baja Cobb Salad – A mix of fresh greens, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, guacamole and jalapeños topped with spicy chipotle dressing

Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger – Truffle mayo, garlic sautéed mushrooms and aged Swiss cheese on an egg bun.

Spinach and Goat Cheese Chicken Sandwich – Goat cheese, cucumbers, spinach, tomato,onion and balsamic vinaigrette on a multi-grain bun.

Classic Dog – 100% Angus beef hot dog, yellow mustard, ketchup and sweet relish.

Veggie Frites (carrots and green beans)

I had the opportunity to go back in the kitchen with Tom Ryan and he gave me the inside scoop on what a “Smashburger” is all about. I even learned how to cook my own burger using the smash technique. Having seen this first hand really made me appreciate the quality of the food served here.

Smashing my 1st Smashburger

Smashburger Staff hard at work!

Smashburger is based in Denver Colorado and opened its first restaurant in 2007. By 2008 they had 10 restaurants, and by 2011 they had 100 restaurants. You can find Smashburger is 30 states, 38 markets and 4 countries including Canada, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Costa Rica.

The Aliso Viejo Smashburger can be found at: 26541 Aliso Creek Rd, Ste C Aliso Viejo, CA 92656  and is open from 10am-10pm daily. 949-716-3855

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