A SmashBurger (gosh, that’s fun to say) opened up right around the corner from my house, and my husband earned a “Buy One Entree, Get One Free” coupon for signing up for their e-mail newsletter. (If you want one too, you can sign up here smashburger.com/smashclu
) I think I mentioned before I have a hard time passing up a bargain, so we decided to try it out last night.
Side Note: I like to go out mid-week for dinner so that I have at least one day with less stress about getting something healthy on the table after a long day at work and the gym. I prefer to cook on the weekends when I have a little more time, and try to have a lot of leftovers on hand, or at least items I can easily re-purpose for other meals during the week. Yes, Ben does his fair share – although I need to provide him with very specific direction, or else we’d end up with pizza whenever it’s his day to take care of the evening meal. I should mention he’s also great with a dish towel.
Now, a burger joint wouldn’t be my first choice of dinner option given this new lifestyle I’d like to lead, but I have seen some pretty clever sandwich-work done using lettuce instead of bread. I didn’t totally write-off SmashBurger for this reason, and decided to scope out what my options were ahead of time. Nutritionally, SmashBurger does a good job of putting all of their information out on the website – not only can you get your calorie/carb/fat/protein counts, they also publish the allergen information in such a way to easily identify:
- what contains wheat;
- what doesn’t contain wheat but might be contaminated due to shared equipment at the restaurant; and/or
- what may contain wheat due to the facility the food was produced in.
The salad options looked ok, but I was kind of turned off by the calorie counts of their dressing choices. I figured that by the time I added everything I’d want to my salad, it would put me beyond my limits for the day. So I decided to take my chances with a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich instead.
I think this is the first time I’ve ever ordered a sandwich with no bread before. Anyway, this was how they served it to me:
I was hoping for something a little more sandwich-like.
So, fork and knife in hand, I dug in. The grilled chicken was pretty good, and I loved the bleu cheese crumbles, but the buffalo sauce wasn’t anything super special. Maybe I was just disappointed about the lack of creativity in making this a bit easier for me to eat, but I think I”ll just opt for the salad next time.
Or I’ll go to Red Robin. They make a pretty mean lettuce-wrapped burger, so I’ve heard.
SmashBurger. (Sorry, just wanted to say it once more).