Smacks Burgers & Shakes in Sarasota happened to be on my path toward a weekend I was spending in the Tampa Bay area.
Whenever I’m on one of my road trips, I find that it’s imperative to check out the surrounding cities to your destination. I always seem to find great food gems.
I’ve also been following them on Instagram and checking out the burgers they’ve been making. They caught my eye & were already on my radar, what can I tell you.
First time here, which meant I chose the Original Double burger route with only cheese and smacks sauce.
I also “sampled” the split then griddled Hot Dog. My friend ate the super messy Chili Cheese Dog and he preferred my dog.
The Garlic Herb Parmesan and Beer-Battered Onion Rings were both winners. I should put an asterisk next to the fries as they were probably the most addictive of all the things I tried at Smacks Burgers & Shakes.
You have to keep it simple on your first time somewhere. I know folks who try these crazy toppings then hate on a place. I like to go the basic route and work my way up to some insanity.
The Original Double was a perfect little ditty. The Smacks Sauce is not overpowering and adds the right condiment element to the nice griddled burger patties with melted American Cheese. The Original Double is a can’t miss burger.
The special frozen custard was chocolate orange. The best way to describe it is if Orange Julius had a chocolate version, then this would be it. If you don’t understand what that means, think orange slushy meets chocolate flavor. I can, at last, use an adjective that I’d never think to with chocolate, refreshing.
Smacks Burgers in Sarasota is a great spot. On our way to Tampa, it made for a perfect little break but next time it will be our destination.
Smacks Burgers & Shakes
2407 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34239