Smashed Is Back and Slinging Up Burgers on Sheridan Street
Menu and on-point flavors and textures haven’t changed—look for the bright pink trailer across from HMSA.
Just about two years ago, Smashed Hawai‘i opened up in the former ‘Ohana Hale Marketplace and developed a loyal following during its short tenure on Ward Avenue. Since then, fans waited for the announcement that finally came via an Instagram post on June 26: Smashed is back with its over-the-top smash burgers and fries. Now on Sheridan Street, Smashed Hawai‘i is easy to spot with its retro pink trailer sitting in a lot behind McDonald’s and HMSA. I head there with my hungry teenage son and an empty stomach.
To my delight, the menu has retained its straightforward offerings. There are four smash burgers: Classic Smash ($9 to $16, depending on number of beef patties), the vegetarian Beyond Smash ($12 to $16), Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger ($10 to $18) and the Big Smash ($13). French fry choices are the Classic ($4.50), Jungle Style ($7) and Smashed Style ($10). Assorted lemonades are $6–$7.
OG fans will be happy to hear that the burgers are as tasty as they were at OHM. My personal favorite, the double Oklahoma fried onion burger ($14), is cooked to a proper crispy smash and filled with caramelized onions, with enough beef fat rendered into the bun to keep things lubricated and delectable.
I finally try the Jungle style fries, which I have seen so much on various social feeds. Described as similar to In-N-Out Burger’s animal-style fries, only better, these fries nearly live up to the hype. More generous dollops of caramelized onions and sauce would certainly make them more complete and satisfying.
And while the quality of Smashed Hawai‘i has not lost a step in the new location, the location itself may present a parking challenge. Since the setup does not allow for customer parking in the same lot, you will need to find parking on surrounding streets. Then you have the option of eating at one of the four shaded tables on site or taking your burgers to go, as we did.
I’m told this location will be temporary. Regardless of where they end up, it is very good to have Smashed Hawai‘i back for smashing into my mouth.
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until sold out, 824 Sheridan St., @smashedhawaii