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“Smacks, great burgers”

Smacks Burgers & Shakes
Ranked #204 of 1,164 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $15
Description: Smacks Burgers & Shakes, the younger sibling of Gecko’s Grill & Pub, is located at the corner of Bee Ridge and Shade. The Better Burger concept was an award-winner in its first year! Smacks is a sibling in the Gecko's Hospitality Group family of restaurants. Smacks came in to the neighborhood and quickly took stride as a new community gathering place for guests of all ages. Incorporating the ultimate in quality and freshness, Smacks is Polished Casual food with a conscience. With its 100% Hormone and Steroid free Bison Burgers, Choice Angus, and locally sourced Top Dogs, Smacks’ menu includes Chicken and Vegetarian options, daily Chef Specials, specialty Harney & Sons Fine Iced Teas, and inspired Frozen Custard flavors. Smacks’ Fries, a tasty crinkle cut, immediately earned “Best Fries” distinction with SRQ magazine. Smacks Burgers & Shakes renews the GHG’s mission to provide exceptional hospitality, fresh, locally sourced fare and a menu that is accessible to everyone.
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Description: Smacks Burgers & Shakes, the younger sibling of Gecko’s Grill & Pub, is located at the corner of Bee Ridge and Shade. The Better Burger concept was an award-winner in its first year! Smacks is a sibling in the Gecko's Hospitality Group family of restaurants. Smacks came in to the neighborhood and quickly took stride as a new community gathering place for guests of all ages. Incorporating the ultimate in quality and freshness, Smacks is Polished Casual food with a conscience. With its 100% Hormone and Steroid free Bison Burgers, Choice Angus, and locally sourced Top Dogs, Smacks’ menu includes Chicken and Vegetarian options, daily Chef Specials, specialty Harney & Sons Fine Iced Teas, and inspired Frozen Custard flavors. Smacks’ Fries, a tasty crinkle cut, immediately earned “Best Fries” distinction with SRQ magazine. Smacks Burgers & Shakes renews the GHG’s mission to provide exceptional hospitality, fresh, locally sourced fare and a menu that is accessible to everyone.
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

We live in Sarasota and are always looking for a really good burger place. My Wife found the Top 20 Burger places in Sarasota on the internet. We have been to few but never Smacks. Well I’m made that I waited this long. Really good hamburger joint. Similar to Shake Shack burgers and the fries are pretty good As well. I would definitely recommend if you want a quality burger.

Thank John K
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Reviewed June 16, 2018

Two of us were heading back to the interstate and just commenting on how hungry we were. As we spoke we spotted Smacks to our left. The simple lettering over the front door on the North side of the street got us wondering. A few more blocks and a U turn and back, put us in their lot. It was after 2:30 and very hot and yet over a dozen patrons were enjoying their food on tables under the covered front open air seating. We must have come just as a lunchtime rush had just come and gone. The inside was typical of a counter order fast food place. No gaudy colors, no corporate glitz and a little bit of paper on the floor. Things were put back in order during our meal however and more people still came in to eat. The menu set things apart from most burger eateries, however. They had a number of sides to go with the burgers (beef or bison), dogs, pulled pork and various egg combo sandwiches.There were fries with many options, onion rings, slaw etc. This is only a small portion of the menu which also offered shakes, soft drinks and several different and excellent unsweetened teas. I ordered the original Smacks burger combo with cheese which came with lettuce, tomato and Smacks special sauce. My side of choice was the battered onion rings. My son had the bison cheese burger with his favorite toppings and the cheese fries. All were good! The burgers were tasty, the onion rings nicely brown and flavorful, and the crinkled fries nicely crisped on the outside. My mix of green and flavored teas was not weak and not bitter. The counter gal who took our order and then delivered it in a timely fashion was as nice, polite and knowledgeable of the area and the company's history as could be.. In addition, both she and another counter gal took terms picking up, wiping down, and straightening, to set everything back to its before lunch rush condition. This was a pleasant on the fly surprise. We enjoyed ours tasty meal thoroughly and will come back for sure when in the area.

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Thank Roger M
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Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

If you have never been here you MUST try it. The burgers are great and the shakes are amazing! Today I’m having the “Epic fries” which are their awesome fries with bacon, cheese sauce, guacamole and a fried egg on top. This place is a definite must try.

Thank Al O
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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

Smacks has been my favorite burger go-to in Sarasota for a few years now. Every time I stop by the staff is friendly and accommodating. Their menu is full of tasty options and they’re constantly creating new and scrumptious options. Stop in for a savory bison burger, a tailor made Build Your Own, som garlic Parmesan fries, or just a cold dessert. You can’t go wrong in this relaxing atmosphere that’s conveniently located next to one of Sarasota’s most traveled thoroughfares.

Thank Kitchen85
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Their garlic Parmesan French fries were amazing!!!! You place your order then they bring it out to you.

Thank Julie W
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