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On Austin Street, a new twist on an old favorite

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:30 am

Twist and Smash’d, a new fast casual restaurant, opened its doors at 72-06 Austin St. in Forest Hills on Black Friday, Nov. 29.

Twist and Smash’d was created by chef Robert Cano and his daughters while on a family vacation to Ecuador in 2010. There they found a small cafÈ that sold twisted potatoes. Enchanted by the idea of a potato on a stick, they brought it back to New York, and Twist and Smash’d was born.

Twist and Smash’d offers a variety of “smash’d specialities” including its Chicken and Waffles and its Italian burger. Each burger is prepared with 100 percent premium natural black angus beef. Short rib, chicken and veggie options are also available. Early-morning breakfast is also available, in addition to the lunch, dinner and late-night menu.

The twisted potato is a unique spin on traditional french fries. Twist and Smash’d uses state-of-the-art equipment that turns any size potato into a twisted potato on a stick. After a quick dip in the fryer, the twisted potatoes can be topped with any choice of seasoning — salt, cheddar, chipotle, lemon pepper and more. Specialty drinks are also available to accompany any meal, including strawberry lemonade and mango iced tea.

Its fun and inviting atmosphere will make Twist and Smash’d a great new hotspot in Forest Hills, an area full of fantastic restaurants, some named the best in Queens. Like the food, the environment is unique. The inside is decorated with lots of orange and a wall with five boards that stretch along the interior, featuring the menu and a life-size picture of the restaurant’s specialty, the twisted potato. Customers have the option to grab and go, dine inside or eat outside on the outdoor patio.

Twist and Smash’d also is committed to green practices. The kitchen was built with EnergyStar-rated products, plus composting is part of the daily routine and eco-friendly packaging is used.

“We are ecstatic to bring Twist and Smash’d to Forest Hills,” said Brianna and Robert Cano, the eatery’s owners. “This area is the perfect backdrop for our first location, and we think this neighborhood and those visiting will enjoy this new restaurant.”

Twist and Smash’d is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant can be reached at (718) 937-6622, and more information about it is available online at twistandsmashd.com.

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