SmashBurger, a ketchup-red and mustard-yellow hamburger joint on Colorado Boulevard, is all about choices. The certified Black Angus steak patties come in one-third or one-half pound patties (or you can go with chicken), bun offerings include multigrain, egg, or spicy chipotle, and toppings range from the usual (ketchup) to the odd (fried egg). Then there are the sides: individual onion blossoms, fries, veggie frites, or a salad. For those shunning the bun, the restaurant offers chopped salads: you pick the greens, meat (yes a burger!), cheese, dressing, and toppings. We're of the mind that there's no such thing as too many ways to doctor up a burger, and SmashBurger gets it rightevery time. 1120 S. Colorado Blvd., 303-757-4301, www.mysmashburger.com NEWS: STEUBEN'S GOES GREEN
Steuben's, a retro-cool American spot along 17th Avenue, is joining the ranks of The Kitchen, Sazza, and Panzano in environmental consciousness. The Uptown restaurant does a huge take-out business, and to combat excessive waste, owner Josh Wolkon recently turned to Boulder-based Eco-Products (www.ecoproducts.com) to help green up the place. Now Steuben's sends customers away with food packed in containers made from renewable sugarcane and cold beverage cups from renewable corn (both are designed to completely biodegrade in 45 to 60 days). The restaurant also switched to toilet paper and paper towel that's dye free and made from 100 percent recycled content. Bonus: Since most of the new products are more cost-effective than traditional products, there's no price hike to pass along to the customer. So that Cubano sandwich is still only gonna run you $9. 523 17th St., 303-830-1001, www.steubens.com.
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