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Smashburger Hillcrest

Smashburger is continuing it’s domination over San Diego (and America. Smashburger was #1 on Forbes’ list of America’s Most promising companies), opening it’s 9th location earlier this month in Hillcrest.

FH and I had a chance to attend the grand opening party. This one was a little different from previous grand opening parties. The previous ones were open to media invitees as well as some members of the general public that were invited through raffles and giveaways. This party was open to everyone as long as they RSVPed in time.

In addition, previously the whole menu was up for sampling, with all meals being complimentary. While diners dined, employees also passed along samples of their famous Haagen Dazs shakes. For this party, customers were limited to one free entree each, and then had to pay for any remaining sides or drinks.

This grand opening party was also the first one that I went to which was attended by Smashburger founder Tom Ryan.  Also in attendance was San Diegan and retired NBA player Bill Walton.

FH opted to try the Avocado Club chicken sandwich, mixing it up from the usual burger.

There are two options for the chicken: grilled or crispy. To be healthier, he chose the grilled. While the chicken breast was moist, we both wished it was thicker. This chicken breast seemed perfect for a fried crispy version, but not so much on its own just grilled. The rest of the burger was fine. The chicken sandwich was topped with slices of fresh avocado and bacon strips. I just wish there was more protein on the sandwich.

I stuck to my usual favorite the San Diego Smashburger.

Prety golden bun


This time I opted to try the regular Smash patty rather than the Big Smash I usually order. I was pleased to find that the regular Smash patty was still quite big and filling.

For our sides, we both stuck to our respective favorites. Smash fries tossed in olive oil for me and beef chili for him.

You can read my previous accounts of Smashburger openings here, here, here and here.

Smashburger Hillcrest
3975 Fifth Avenue, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92103

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2 comments on “Smashburger Hillcrest”

  1. I tried the La Jolla location last week. I’m with you on the chicken, I was surprised it wasn’t dried out for being so thin. I thought the food was decent enough, I just wish they were able to get my order correct the first time..rather than the third.

    • You know the La Jolla one seems to have that problem. My brother used to work near there and he said they got his order wrong every time. I went once, and they got my order wrong.