If you prefer your burgers smashed on the grill, take note: Smashburger opens in Bethesda next Wednesday, Dec. 11.
It's Smashburger's second (of 12) locations slated to open in Maryland over the next two years, according to a company news release.
Smashburger is a fast-growing, self-described "better burger" restaurant, offering burgers that are a cut above the usual fast-food variety. Its signature burger patty is made of fresh (not frozen) Angus beef smashed on a 400-degree flat grill "to sear in the juicy flavor." Burgers are served on toasted "artisan" buns and "topped with a selection of the freshest produce, real cheeses and highest-quality condiments," the restaurant reported.
Also served at Smashburger: Haagen-Dazs shakes, chicken sandwiches, salads, fries and other sides and regional menu items. Items exclusive to the Bethesda location will include a truffle mushroom Swiss cheese sandwich and a spicy Baja sandwich, "packed full of punch with fresh jalapenos, guacamole, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo on a spicy chipotle bun."
Also, the Bethesda location will serve items exclusive to DC-area Smashburgers, including the Capital Burger and Capital Chicken Sandwich, with grilled onions, Swiss cheese, arugula, applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes and mayonnaise on a brioche bun.
"Bethesda is going to be smitten with our better burgers for their sheer great taste and quality," Smashburger founder and Chief Concept Officer Tom Ryan said in a statement.
"When looking to further expand in the Greater DC market, Bethesda was a natural choice for our next location," Scott Crane, Smashburger's chief executive officer, said. "It exudes a booming energy from the hundreds of businesses that populate the area and the people that breathe life into the community."
Smashburger has more than 200 corporate and franchise restaurants in 29 states and four other countries. The first Smashburger opened in 2007.
Smashburger Bethesda—located at 4903 Cordell Ave.—will have 63 seats and will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.