N.J.’s best new burger, served by a fine-dining chef, is challenging local legends

Eighty Twenty Smash

A double smasher from Eighty Twenty, a burger joint in Westwood that started as a pandemic pop-up and has become one of New Jersey's best burger restaurants. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

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Matt Borgerson thought COVID-19 had smashed his culinary dreams. Then he started smashing burgers.

The Westwood native was already the executive chef at Caffe Anello, a popular Italian restaurant in his hometown, by the age of 24. When the pandemic hit in 2020, he thought (like much of the world) it would quickly pass and he would soon be back to serving up pasta.

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