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Smashburger Now Soft-Smashing Patties in Culver City

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

While California's very first local outlet of Smashburger opened in distant Thousand Oaks over the summer, a Culver City branch is now soft serving, too. Maybe it was the collective yawn that came from a burger-maniac city like Los Angeles, but Smashburger quietly opened a few weekends ago to gentle crowds at a former Famima space in the chain-filled Culver Center, adjacent to California Pizza Kitchen and Yogurtland (even Smashburger's sign looks like a GameStop).

Still, the smashed-to-order success of burger baron Tom Ryan's concept might find a niche just a few blocks from one of the few Westside In-N-Out Burgers and a stone's throw from a diminishing Fatburger. Between Burger Lounge, Five Guys, and Smashburger, it looks like the deluxe burger wars are now fully on in L.A. Now if only the city could garner a Shake Shack. Of course, expect health-oriented Angelenos to chose items like the Smashchicken sandwiches and fresh-tossed salads. Smashburger's official opening date is Wednesday, with the likes of celebrity Tom Arnold and Noah Munck (of Nickelodeon's iCarly) showing up for cameos between 12-2 p.m.
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