4.5 out of 5.0 stars

This was the first restaurant we stopped at when we came down to Florida to look for a new home earlier this year.  Funny thing?  Didn’t go for the burger.

It’s described as Deep South Italian.  Fine Italian cooking and Southern ingredients.  We had our sights set on the Spaghetti + Meatballs, Skillet Garlic Knots and the Sweet Corn Arancini.  All were delicious.  It wasn’t until we moved down here that the Smash Burger entered the conversation.

One thing I’m having to get used to down here is seeing a smashburger on a menu and finding out it doesn’t necessarily mean thin patties.  When I think smashburger, I think a couple of patties anywhere from 2 1/2 to 4 oz. each.  I’m seeing patties of 5 and 6 oz. being called a smashburger.  Technically, if you take some beef, make a ball out of it or take a chunk of beef and smash it flat on a grill, that’s a smashburger.

This is the case with Noble Crust’s Smash Burger.  They ball up a 6 oz. pattie and smash that baby.  It comes as a single, but not knowing it was a 6 oz. pattie, I asked for a double.  That made it a 12oz. beast.  Buckle up and dig in.  The double is a little messy.  With the tomatoes on the bottom, it’s sliding around with all that beef on top.

The 80/20 prime beef was juicy, seasoned pretty well and it was temped to a nice medium.  What stood out was the tenderness of the beef.  American cheese melted nicely.  Shredded iceberg lettuce and fresh tomatoes on the bottom with a couple of thin, sliced lengthwise, dill pickles.  I had caramelized red onions in between the patties.  A generous amount of delicious Noble sauce tops everything off.  Finally, a wonderful, toasted brioche bun from Turano Baking Co.

This is a fantastic choice as a double cheeseburger.  A single would work as well, but would not be as much fun .  This is one of the best burgers I’ve had so far in the Tampa area.  They have two other locations, Carrollwood and the OG location in St. Pete.