Smashburger isn't just the name?it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.
This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.
When sushi chef Kenro-San moved to America in the 1970s, he toted along his sushi-rolling acumen and a veteran's flair for traditional Japanese delicacies. Now, behind a marble, L-shaped sushi bar, his agile hands interlace yellowtail, unagi, and Spanish mackerel with crunchy cucumbers and avocados, creating fresh nigiri and robust maki rolls. The dining room's suspended lamps cast light upon Japanese figurines and paintings, and illuminate Kenro-San's thinly sliced beef dishes, crispy tempuras, and soba-noodle soups, the latter of which are comforting enough to console an uprooted weeping willow.
The chefs at Ninja Sushi wield culinary skill like a sword, cutting a menu of sophisticated sushi and Japanese entrees preceded by starters such as edamame ($3.95), calamari ($6.95), and fire balls of spicy red tuna and crab ($9.95) for a more adventurous nibble. Rolled sushi offerings include the irresistible Bad Boy roll and its renegade posse of spicy tuna, cucumber, and chili sauce ($10.95). Paying homage to famous local cylinders, the Sacramento roll blends salmon, masago, and the restaurant's trademark sauce ($9.95), and the philly roll packs east coast flair with salmon, avocado, and cream cheese ($7.95). Evening guests fill up on traditional entrees such as chicken teriyaki ($13.95) and vegetable tempura ($10.95).
Bravo!'s eatery menu builds a house of satisfaction upon the strong, savory building blocks of international flavors, fresh-baked bread, and unshakeable pasta. Set out on a scrumptious journey with an antipasti order, such as a half-dozen Bravo! stuffed mushrooms, filled to the buttons with Italian meats and cheeses ($6.95). To fully appreciate exactly what's in a name, order a heaping plate of traditional lasagna (layered pasta, meat sauce, ricotta, parmesan, and creamy béchamel sauce, $11.95) or the Thai chicken pasta—linguine with sautéed chicken, broccoli, peppers, and onions, topped with green onions, carrots, peanuts, sesame seeds, and mandarin oranges in a spicy peanut sauce ($11.95). Control mealtime destiny and play matchmaker with the “Choose a Sauce, Pick a Pasta” option, which features nine sauces, six pastas, and countless combos, including the bolognese bowties ($8.95) and white-clam whole-wheat angel hair ($9.95). Specialties and build-your-owns come with homemade bread (add a garden salad for $2.50), and you can visit the add-on corner for a tasty bit of mathematical aggregation such as six black tiger shrimp ($5.95), sautéed mushrooms ($2.75), or Italian sausage ($2.95).
For more than 50 years, Round Table Pizza has fired up the appetites of flavor-starved foodies with a host of appetizers, crisp salads, and topping-laden disks. Dough is made from scratch using wheat sourced from the company's family farms, ensuring that the bready foundations of mainstays, such as the barbecue chicken pizza ($17.90 for a medium), are fresh and familiar with agricultural machinery. House creation King Arthur Supreme takes charge of nearby chompers, guiding them through an invasion of pepperoni, italian sausage, salami, linguica, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black olives, and more ($12.75 for a small). Meanwhile, the Wombo Combo tempts taste buds with crisp bacon, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green onions, and a medley of magnanimously portioned meats ($7.30 for a personal size). Inspiration-stricken patrons can design their own pie or swing by the all-you-can-eat salad bar ($5.29) to adorn lush leaves with tasty toppings under the glow of the light bulb growing from their foreheads.
Una Mas Mexican Grill entices customers with high-quality, traditional Mexican cooking delivered with a modern flair and appetizing attitude. Incline your eyes to the menu and try a small bowl of tortilla soup with marinated chicken, avocado, cheese, and broth-soaked tortilla shreddings ($2.79 for a small). Margarita salad tantalizes teeth with fresh Romaine lettuce, jicama, cabbage in reds and greens, carrots, radishes, pinto beans, and mexican cheese, all flicked by the flavory fingers of salsa fresca and lime vinaigrette ($6.29). Volunteer your mouth for the task of dismantling a foghead burrito, which wraps chicken in a chili-tomato tortilla and accessorizes with cheese, guacamole, rice, black beans, sour cream, roasted pasilla, corn salsa, and barbecue sauce ($6.59).