Nothing says it’s time for a burger like sitting in a 60s style dive listening to Elvis and The Four Tops.Boom-A-Rang is definitely the place for a smashburger.
- KAT ROBINSON
- SMASHED: The half pound burger with cheese at Boom-A-Rang
Boom-A-Rang’s burgers come in quarter pound ($3.49) or half pound ($4.69) versions with condiments, lettuce, tomato and onion. Jalapenos are fifty cents more, cheese is 40 cents and there are a few variants, such as the Hickory Cheddar Burger ($3.99), the K.V. Burger (with mushrooms and Swiss cheese, $4.19) and the Super Chili Cheeseburger Supreme ($7.99).
If you’re not familiar with the concept, a smashburger is a burger patty that started life as a round seasoned ball of meat. It’s dropped on a griddle and then smashed into a patty with the back side of a spatula. Sometimes onion is added, but not here.
The cheese was on the bottom, gluing on that bottom bun. The condiments went right on the meat. This is a good two-fister burger that doesn’t fall apart easily.
You’ll find Boom-A-Rang Diner at 915 Garrison Avenue, a nice walk from the Fort Smith National Historic Site down the way. It’s open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. except when it’s open later on some weekends and crazy days when they stay open until 4 a.m. (479) 784-9233.