Written by: Rich Terepak Sr.
Date: August 1, 2013

Smashburger's Grilled Chicken with Swiss cheese and mushrooms.

Smashburger’s Grilled Chicken with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. Photo by Rich Terapak Sr.

Every once in a while I have to return to the Central Ohio search for the best new burger.

A recent poll by Burger Beast put Columbus’ iconic Thurman Burger in the top 40 in the country. And why should we be surprised, when after all we are the home of White Castle and Wendy’s and have developed a very sophisticated palate for burgers.

Well there is a new boy in town and although a franchise out of Denver, it still is in only one location in the area and therefore deserves this blog’s attention and the departure from our usual practice of not doing national chains.

Smashburger is located in Gahanna at 109 N. Hamilton Rd. in a brand new center just north of Granville St. and the high school. Talk about location. A second location in Westerville is set to open this month, according to Smashburger’s web site.

As for the burgers, some claim they are as close as we get to the famous west coast In-N-Out Burger as they have experienced this side of the Mississippi.

The preparation technique is simple enough and gives the burger its name. A ball of ground angus beef is put on a sizzling hot griddle and literally smashed down and quickly seared on both sides. The result being a crispy, thin but not dry, completed cooked through burger.

They come in two sizes, 5 and 7 ounces, and with eight different offerings from the Classic, my favorite, with American cheese, smash sauce, which features thousand island dressing without the relish, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions on an egg bun, to an Avocado Club with slices of avocado, applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing and mayo on a multi-grain bun.

Prices are $5.99 or $6.99 depending on the size of the burger. You can also create your own combination with several different buns, cheeses and toppings.

There are similar offerings with grilled chicken as the protein. Our family loves the fries which are tossed in rosemary, garlic and olive oil, as well as the sweet potato fries.

In order to stay up with the burger wars in town I think it is worth an outing, although you may want to ignore the nutrition information.

  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.