Smashburger opened its doors in Dunfermline in early December 2017 – it’s the company’s second branch in Scotland – following closely on their first Scottish outpost in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. The chain may be new to Scotland’s burger scene but the company has seen a rapid expansion in the United States since the first restaurant opened in 2007 in Denver, Colorado. Indeed, the fashionable industrial interior tells us that it’s 4,393 miles from Denver to Dunfermline – handy for the pub quiz.
Smash refers to the unusual way in which the burgers are cooked; British beef is hand-formed into a meatball before being ‘smashed’ onto a hot buttered grill. There’s an interesting choice of sides such as the garlic and rosemary fries, sweet potato fries and deep fried pickles. Given that it’s January, it’s probably timely to mention there’s a choice of three salads on the menu – likewise, if you’re doing dry January, then the drinks menu of hand crafted beers and wines may be of more interest next month. There’s a bamboozling list of soft drinks – does anyone still drink cherry coke? Fortunately, bottomless refills means you can practice using the very complicated but state-of-the-art drinks machine.
Smashburger also asked Scottish burger fans for a national spin on the burger – and the Tagais (haggis in Gaelic) Stack was born, in other words, burgers topped with haggis. Perhaps, haggis is a bit like butter; every dish is improved with its addition.
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