Sometimes, I can be a sucker for “limited time only” products. I hate feeling like I’ve missed out on something that may never come back (even when it usually does come back at some point). I’ve gotten better at this, as most things always go on sale again and I really don’t even need half the things I want to begin with.
Food is a completely different story. If we’re on vacation and near a must-eat spot, Travis knows that we’re most likely going to eat it. I’m still sad we weren’t able to squeeze in a dessert trip to WD-50 when we were in New York. Or splurge for a meal at Alinea when we were in Chicago (granted, we weren’t really in the same financial situation then). I also enjoy seasonal food items – peppermint mochas at Starbucks, mint M&Ms, Cadbury mini eggs (those may be my weakness).
So, when I heard Smashburger was bringing the Windy City burger to San Diego, I was intrigued. When I found out it was only going to be here through October, I was very interested. And when I found out the darn thing is served on a pretzel bun, I started making plans to work in a burger dinner. Throw a limited-time banana shake in the mix and I’m a goner.
One might think with Smashburger opening in Kearny Mesa just weeks after their Rancho Penaquitos opening, one might get tired of burgers and shakes and fries, oh my! If that’s what you’re thinking, you’d be wrong – it kind of just makes me crave a delicious burger even more.
Once again, I was graciously invited to the sneak peek preview night in Kearny Mesa and happily ran into fellow bloggers: Mary of Foodies: a southern california food blog, Jenny of Vintage Sugarcube, Kirbie of Kirbie’s Cravings, and Marie of Meandering Eats. Travis had other plans that night, so I asked my friend Ben if he’d like to join me that night. Since he hadn’t been to Smashburger at all before, I was excited to show him how awesome the night was going to be.
I’m trying to be a better blogger, so I made sure to pack my camera in my purse the night before. Wouldn’t you know it, I had no memory card in the camera because I had recently downloaded pictures onto my computer and forgot to put it back in! And I wasn’t carrying a spare card. Boo. I managed to take a few pics on my iPhone, but since it’s an OLD iPhone 3G(not even a 3GS!!) the photos aren’t as great as they could be. I was actually quite sad about this because I think we ordered some of the best items that night.
After learning about Smashburger’s secret menu, I was very excited to try and order something “off menu”. I realize I could also get there by creating my own burger, but it’s so much easier to call it out by name and I wanted a Sin City burger. The fried egg on top called to me. The girl taking our order hadn’t keyed one in before, so there was a little bit of suspense as we waited to see what kind of burger was delivered [spoiler: the Sin City burger arrived]. I had never had a San Diego Smashburger, so we ordered one of those, as well as a Spicy Baja chicken sandwich (grilled), and a chili cheese dog. For sides, we ordered Smashfries, fried pickles, haystack onions, and veggie frites. I’ve ordered the veggie frites before and was perplexed by them, so I wanted to see if they were still the same [more spoilers: they are].
Read on to view our burger bounty…
It often seems like, in this day and age (does make me sound old?), people don’t like going to chain restaurants or at least admitting that they enjoy them. Admittedly, I have quite a few chain restaurants on my list that I avoid and if you tell me you love going there, I literally have to bite my tongue so I don’t call you crazy. However, there are also some chain restaurants (or eateries) that I love: 3 warm cookies for $1 from McDonald’s on a late night can’t be beat; 2 deep-fried tacos for 99 cents at Jack in the Box is an awful, awful (but rare) indulgence of mine; if you even try to berate my In-n-Out I will cut you. I am now adding to this list: Smashburger burgers.
Now, until recently, I’d never actually had a burger at Smashburger. I’d tasted their chicken sandwiches (fried) and salads and Smashsides (not a fan of the veggie frites), but not a burger. But, thanks to Dara and the fine folks at Elle Communications, I finally got to try one at their VIP Preview Party for the Rancho Penasquitos location!
Keep reading to find out about our sneaky extra order of food…
I didn’t really know what to expect when Smashburger came to town, and I still haven’t actually had a burger there, but their chicken dishes are quite tasty. I still like that you can get a good lunch for a decent price, but I don’t often get to Mission Valley during lunch time (that’s the closest one to my office). So, when I heard that one is scheduled to open in Rancho Penasquitos (and later one in Kearny Mesa) I got pretty excited. It’s not close to work. but it’s definitely closer to home, which means we’re more likely to stop by after work or on the weekend.
Keep reading for some press release info…