Smashburger Opens in Dupont Circle

1739 Connecticut Avenue, NW

The long anticipated Smashburger opens in Dupont today.

At Smashburger, we believe that smashing is better. Our handcrafted burgers are smashed, seared and seasoned to order, using our fresh, never frozen 100% Certified Angus Beef®. Whether you choose our Classic Smashburger or decide to create-your-own, our artisan buns, freshly chopped produce, flavorful sauces and variety of cheeses are designed to deliver a great-tasting, juicy burger you can taste in every bite.

Every great burger needs a companion, and our selection of signature sides — like our Smashfries hand-tossed with garlic, rosemary and olive oil, hand-breaded haystack onions and fried pickles — are the perfect complement to any meal. The same is true for our handspun Häagen-Dazs® shakes, served in a frosted glass. And if you’re in the mood for something other than a burger, our menu of grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, split and grilled hot dogs, crisp entrée salads and black bean veggie burgers are sure to satisfy.

I was able to attend a preview tasting yesterday – the Truffle Mushroom Swiss was especially delicious. Prices range from $5.99-7.99 and $4.49 for milkshakes. They’ll be open from 10am-10pm 7 days a week. You can see their full menu here. Inside features 47 seats:


More photos after the jump.






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  • VINCENT: Did you just order a five-dollar shake?

    MIA: Sure did.

    VINCENT: A shake? Milk and ice cream?

    MIA: Uh-huh.

    VINCENT: It costs five dollars?

    MIA: Yep.

    VINCENT: You don’t put bourbon in it or anything?

    WAITOR: Nope.

    VINCENT: Just checking.

  • “Long anticipated?” Aren’t we past the point where any new burger place would be “long-anticipated? I’m sure it’s wonderful, and yet, I remain unexcited.
    On the other hand, the re-emergence of Haagen-Dazs, one of the culinary stars of the Jungle Boogie/Dancing Queen/Kodachrome era, as a featured ingredient does my aging heart good.

    • Agreed – particularly since Dupont already has Shake Shack, Black & Orange, BGR, and Five Guys within about six blocks of each other…

      • Technically, unless there’s at least 12 burger joints in a 6-block radius, it still counts as a “burger desert.”

  • saf

    Those onion rings look really good.

  • For all those POPville regulars complaining that DC has too many “frou-frou” restaurants . . .

  • justinbc

    I went to a preview tasting last night as well. Tasted through 4 burgers, the veggie burger, and 2 chicken sandwiches, plus all their sides and some of the milkshakes.
    Overall I was pretty impressed, given the price points. I would definitely choose this over Shake Shack, who I generally don’t care for anyway, but it would be a toss up between this and Black and Orange.
    Interestingly, the founder Tom Ryan was there and told us they don’t really view those places as competition, since they try to take most of their business from restaurants rather than burger joints. He said they get about 50% from places like Olive Garden, PF Changs, etc, 30% from other fast casual options like Cosi and Chipotle, and the other 20% from fast food (all fast food, not just burgers). The guy definitely knew his product (PhD and Masters in food related subject matter, as well as inventing the stuffed crust pizza, among other things), and I was also glad to hear they do a bi-weekly anonymous QC check of all 230 of their locations.
    The one disappointment I had was that one of their feature things is highlighting a burger specific to each location when they open up, but the “Capital Burger” didn’t really say anything unique to DC to me. He said this is often a problem in “melting pot” style cities without a distinct food tradition, but I thought they could have tried a bit harder to that end. Some of the other regional burgers he mentioned made me quite jealous.

    • I like this challenge!! What would a DC-specific burger be?
      Served with mambo sauce?
      Made of ground up half smokes?
      Served on a jumbo slice “bun”?
      Old Bay seasoning seems more Eastern Shore….
      C’mon PoPville, what else?

      • Melting pot burger: a berbere-spiced beef patty between two pupusas, drizzled with mumbo sauce, served on a small plate. You’ve got the Ethiopians, Salvadorans, native DCers and gentrifiers… what can I say, I’m a uniter not a divider.

      • Sorry to be debbie downer but very time the DC-specific food topic comes up, someone says “mambo sauce, half-smoke, Old Bay” and then the conversation ends. DC may be “food town”, at least according to some, but it does not have a distinct food style.

      • A burger with a half-smoke on top.

    • Other burger joints are not their competition? 50% of their business is coming from “The Olive Garden” and “PF Chang” — in DuPont circle? What’s this guy smoking?

      • justinbc

        I’m just quoting him, so… He says he feels competition is where you steal customer from, not what’s in your particular type of product. Olive Garden and PF Changs were just used as examples, not that there are specific locations in Dupont Circle. Basically he wants a sit down approach to burgers rather than a walk-in walk-out.

    • Do you work for Smashburger? It appears as though their reviews on Yelp for other locations are lacking. You seem to know a bit much about the company.

      • justinbc

        I said in the very first sentence “I went to a preview last night”. I’m not sure how much more clear that can be. Some of us actually pay attention in class.

    • wait, the founder invented stuffed crust pizza? that was easy: count me a customer for life!

      • If this is true, he better watch his back in this town. FLOTUS may have get all “Let’s Move” on his ass for single-handedly fueling the obesity epidemic!!

  • notlawd

    I really wish they had a turkey burger option 🙁

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