Food Adventure Collage.

carnitas snack shack. c-level. world famous. woodstocks. terra american bistro. buddies. corbins. casey's cupcakes. mandarin beijing. nazca grill. eiffel tower restaurant. gordan ramsay burgr. in-n-out. bankers hill bar and grill. los primos. bistro sixty. ruth's chris.


... to a place I like to call my very own. *waving hello*

I invite you to enjoy reading about the food adventures that I have with friends, family, and colleagues.

I adore food and I cannot just choose one particular food that is my fave.

Food is really is my favorite. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Smashburger Pre-Grand Opening in East Village - Downtown

Smashburger.  The answer is YES... I have been a grateful guest to many of the San Diego Smashburger VIP events, to include the pre-grand opening shindigs in Del Mar (thanks to Junvi) and in the East Village, new menu item tastings in Mission Valley [Smashchicken entrees] and was invited to lunch by the fabulous Dara B. from Elle Communications to try Smashburger's 'non-meat item', the savory black bean burger. 

I was invited to the opening of the East Village location, located on Market Street and 9th Avenue.  I brought my friend, T, to my food adventure so she can experience Smashburger for the first time.  There are many menu items that I have not yet tried, so it was easy for me to select what to eat....

We arrived promptly at 6:30 PM, our reservation time, said hello to the ladies of Elle Communications and waited in line for our Smashburger entrees.

I ordered the 1/3 pound Mushroom Swiss Smashburger with a side of Beefy Chili Fries.  I was surprised to see chili fries on the menu as a new side item since they are not listed on the San Diego menu on their website.  I originally was going to order a cup of beefy chili, but hey, adding french fries to the chili made it more tempting!

The mushroom swiss burger was DEE-LISH.  It came with their classic egg bun, garlic sauteed mushrooms, melted swiss cheese with a little mayonnaise spread thinly on the toasted bun.  Simple goodness.  I was surprised that there wasn't lettuce and tomato on the side, but after looking at the menu, this burger does not include them.  I did not miss the lettuce and tomato because the burger was perfect on its own.  The 1/3 pound beef patty was seasoned just right and I loved the flavors of the garlic mushrooms and swiss cheese together.  I loved every bite of this Smashburger.

As far as their chili fries, regular french fries were topped by the beefy chili, shredded cheddar cheese, diced onion and fresh jalapenos.  The portion was small, but it was absolutely the perfect size for me.  It was very good, but I prefer just having regular fries with a burger.  I am glad that I tried it though, given that the chili is the last side that I have not tried yet.

T ordered the Spicy Baja Smashburger - chipotle bun (spicy!), pepperjack cheese, lettuce, onion, guacamole, and tomato.   She loves spicy foods and she absolutely enjoyed the burger. 

[T ordered sweet potato fries too]

Geena the Latina from Channel 933 and Hula from Star 94.1 were the honorary "Smashers" that were the first ones to smash the first patties on the grill.  They were also sitting next to T and myself.  The owner of all the Smashburger franchises in San Diego went around to say hello to the tables, but then he totally skipped our table - from the radio personalities to our neighbors eating next to us!  Boo.  Regardless, T and I had a great time munching.

Thank you  to Elle Communications for another successful VIP event at Smashburger.  Special shout outs to Heather P., Dara B., and of course, Ms. Danielle!  Thank you for the invitation, ladies!


kirbie said...

How did I miss the chili fries? I have loved attending these media events for Smashburger. I really enjoyed this last one too, especially with the full sized shakes before offered.

Janice D. said...

Hi Kirbie! Aw, were you there too? If so, too bad we didn't meet! I know, my friend got a full sized Oreo shake, but not me, I was just craving savory food!

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