This review first appeared on the BurgerWeekly.com blogsite……Smashburger: Dixie
Recently when Brad with BurgerWeekly.com contacted me about checking out the new Smashburger in Madison, AL, as the Editor-in-Chief at “The Brown Bag Review.com,” I jumped at the opportunity. Having passed the innocuous location of the new Smashburger in Madison, Alabama several times in the recent past, my wife or I would always comment “Wonder what kind of burger joint that is?” After our visit I can honestly tell you the answer to that question is “Its one helluva burger joint!” Since visiting the Smashburger we continue to extol its greatness to all our friends, and our acquaintances in the local Foodie Group.
On the day of our visit we arrived shortly before noon. I wanted to see what kind of lunch business the Smashburger was doing since that is a always a good indication of its popularity. We walked in and while there were maybe ten people or so sitting at tables and booths, we were the only customers in line. The young lady named “Cierra” at the register promptly welcomed us to the Smashburger and asked if this was our first visit. I guess the “Deer in the headlights” look that both my wife and I had on our faces might have be a clue that we were Smashburger newbies. Cierra told us to just take our time and if we had any questions to please ask. In the meantime, a couple of more customers came in and we let them go ahead and order while we mulled over the menu items. We finally placed our orders and found a booth and shortly the meals appeared at our table brought out by the cheerful Smashburger staff.
In the meantime the lunch crowd hit and within 15 minutes of our arrival there was a line out the door, the dining room was beginning to fill and even the outside table were filling up. Unfortunately, some of the tables were in the direct sunlight and folks shunned away those. Guess it’s time for them to break out the umbrellas if they want people to enjoy their visit.
While the Dixie Smashburger may have a strange combinations of ingredients on it, they all play nicely together. The white BBQ sauce is unique to North Alabama having been made famous by such renowned Barbecue restaurants as Big Bob Gibson and Greenbrier Barbecue. It is a concoction of Mayo, vinegar, black pepper, cayenne pepper, corn syrup and horseradish, or in other words all of the good stuff. Normally, here in North Alabama white sauce is traditionally served on smoked chicken but lots of folks also like the taste of it on pulled pork barbecue so it’s only natural that folks are gonna like it on a burger.
The Smashburger patty was cooked to perfection with the crispy edges similar to what you would get with a “skillet fried” burger and to my taste buds is what I like in a burger. Then, with the added punch of two large slices of fried green tomatoes, aged Swiss cheese, mayo, green leaf lettuce and the white BBQ sauce, it puts the Dixie burger over the top. To make all of this down home goodness even better it was served on an egg bun, what’s not to like about this combination.
Slap me silly and call me a Dixie Smashburger fanboy, because I loved this combination of oddball flavors. It beats the socks off of the Five Dudes burgers which to date had been the reigning custom burger joint in our area. Since the closest Smashburger is about 45 minutes away from home, we always plan our trips now to include lunch either on the way or coming back, it’s just that good!
The Brown Bag Review recommends that you stop and give the Smashburger a try the next time you’re heading to Huntsville on US72 going through Madison. It’s located in the Shoppes of Madison Center along with the Target store just before you get to the intersection of US72 and Wall Triana Hwy. This is the same center that The Pie in Sky Pizza place is located.
Smashburger address ist 8135 Hwy 72W, Madison, Alabama
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