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Best Strip-Mall Burger Denver 2008 - Smashburger



1120 S. Colorado Blvd.

Denver, CO 80246


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Meat candy. That's the only way to describe the thin, crispy, lacy rind of caramelized beef juice that fries up around the edges of a perfectly smashed smashburger at Smashburger — the new, homegrown chain that actually came up with a different way to do burgers, smashing them down on a very hot grill, then letting customers pick from a DIY list of add-ons. In retrospect, it's no surprise that this innovative mix of a Chipotle-style fast-casual operation and gourmet burger-making sensibilities came together in Denver. We are a cowtown, after all, and arguably the birthplace of the cheeseburger, so it's only fitting that the next evolution of the hamburger should occur right here in the Mile High.
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We went to Smashburger out of curiousity since my fiance's co-workers could not stop raving about the place. I guess you could say we had high expectations. But after spending almost $25 for two cheeseburgers, and only 1 lame little side salad thrown into a basket with my burger, and a bottled beer for him, we left feeling...confused. Confused as to why anyone would rave about anything we'd just experienced. Confused as to why we just spent so much on so little. And now I'm confused as to why, according to this Westword review, anybody could consider that burger "evolutionary" because they "smash" it. It was just a thin, flat, kinda dry, burgerish thing with mediocre toppings. I guess you live, you learn. Bummer.