Shared from Honolulu Magazine
BETTY’S SCORES BIG WITH FRESH-BAKED BUNS, KILLER SHAKES AND CRISP STEAK FRIES. BUT ITS SMASH BURGERS NEED REFINING.

Betty’s Burgers recently opened on University Avenue, replacing the Greek Corner that had been there since the early ’90s. It’s a risky spot, only half a mile from Teddy’s Bigger Burgers (and a block away from Burger King, if that matters to anyone, which it shouldn’t), but Betty’s Burgers specializes in smash burgers. Give me a juicy patty with crispy edges and I’ll gladly ignore every other restaurant in the area. With 15 burgers (including fish, chicken and vegetarian options) and competitive prices, it’s worth a shot for burger lovers.

Past the white picket fence and colorful umbrellas outside, retro décor jazzes up the former blue-and-white spot: a Coca-Cola clock; a modern jukebox; photos of classic burger diners such as Dick’s, Hodad’s and Burgermaster; new fun murals. Our group of three ordered a bit arbitrarily to try a range of items, so when our burgers didn’t match the menu descriptions, I didn’t mind too much. I’m very forgiving during a restaurant’s opening phase, and the staff plans to update the menu within the next month or so.

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