I’m a big fan of Smashburger. Their burgers are high-quality, with great patties and fresh veggies, and they’re prepared quickly yet carefully. But how would they do with another kind of sandwich? A chicken sandwich, perhaps? Let’s find out!!

Nothing “Mc” about THIS chicken!!

Pretty well, it turns out!! The Chicken Avocado Club includes chicken (choice of crispy or grilled, so I obviously went with crispy) with avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and ranch dressing. The avocado here is outstanding. It’s freshly sliced to order, meaning it’s firm and flavorful, unlike the goop that other restaurants spoon onto their sandwiches (looking at you, Subway). The chicken was delicious white meat, the veggies were fresh, and everything came together well.

The Chicken Avocado Club runs for about $7. It sounds slightly expensive, but remember that this is the Cadillac of fast-food chicken sandwiches. You can taste the difference. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself!!

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Smashburger has a number of regional specials, depending on where and when you visit.  One of their latest options is the Windy City Smashburger, a Chicago-themed burger which features Guldan’s mustard on a pretzel bun.  Let’s see how it is!

I’m usually a bit wary of pretzel buns.  I think they work well with chicken, but I’ve never been a huge fan of them on burgers.  Here, though, it’s a great choice.  The combination of strong mustard and pretzel is delicious in its own right, and adding it to a burger with crispy onions and cheese is inspired.  The lettuce and tomato also helped round out the sandwich in a way I felt the BBQ burger I reviewed last time was missing.  All in all, it was a fantastic, filling burger.

The Windy City is a limited-time offer at the Kalamazoo Smashburger, so I’d recommend picking it up sooner rather than later.  It goes great with a milkshake, especially the similarly limited offer Banana milkshake.  Check it out.

Smashburger is a relatively new burger chain which opened a Kalamazoo location about a year ago.  They specialize in classic American fare: burgers, fries, shakes, etc.  I’d heard rave reviews, so I decided to check it out.

Can we talk about the logo for a minute? The font and color choice are reminiscent of Gamestop. And by that I mean they're EXACTLY THE SAME as Gamestop.

Smashburger’s interior surprised me in a couple different ways.  Apparently, their name comes from the process of smashing their patties down on the grill as they cook them.  Since one would assume this is pretty important to them, I expected the grill to be out in front, or at least within view, but it was in a kitchen in back like any other restaurant.  Smashburger also lives in that slightly awkward place between fast food and casual restaurant dining.  Orders are brought to the tables, but the bill is paid upfront.  I’m not sure whether tipping is expected, although I assume not.  But with my peccadilloes out of the way, let’s move on to the Cherry BBQ, Bacon, & Cheeseburger.

You guys have no idea how hard it is to go through my image gallery on an empty stomach.

This burger was delicious.  The patties were delicious, juicy and flattened as much as you’d expect.  The Cheddar cheese and fried haystack onions were great, and the barbeque sauce indeed had a moderate cherry flavor (using Michigan cherries!), enough to add an interesting twist but not overpowering.  The use of an egg bun was also inspired in a way you don’t generally see in burger chains.  It was also nice to see a business supporting local economy, although I don’t know if this burger is available nationally.  I’m not usually one to complain about this, but the one thing a burger like this could’ve used is some kind of veggies to offset all of the meat and salt and sugar.  I’m assuming you can get tomato on it without much fuss though, and that would’ve done the trick.

Smashburger is a bit more pricey, especially in that they don’t offer combos.  Burgers run for between $5 and $7, and getting fries (which I highly recommend, they were delicious) or a drink is only going to drive the price higher.  However, they’ve offered numerous coupons on flyers and online, so it’s not too difficult to get a discount.  It’s not a place I’d visit on the spur of the moment, but Smashburger is fantastic and well worth the trip and cost.