Welcome to the Shakey(y) Shake. Where grassfed beef burgers are served daily, tasty yukon fries crunch in your mouth, and hand-spun shakes come in tons of different flavors.
I actually found out about Shake Shack through a co-worker. When I was working at Lush Cosmetics in Soho, a few of my co-workers would always talk about Shake Shack. At the time I was living on pennies. New York easily does that to you. Anyways, I decided on my second to last day in NYC to check it out. Of course when I arrived to it’s original location in Madison Square Park, the line was wrapped around the block. I thought to myself, okay I’m over it and next time when I’m in NYC I’ll try again.
Several trips later, I still have yet to visit Shake Shack. This is mainly due to the insane lines at all of the locations. Usually when there’s lines that either means its really hyped up or the food is incredible.
When Shake Shack announced they were opening a Chicago location, I started to count the days to the opening. Unfortunately the lines were so long the first week that I just waited to go during the middle of the week in the second week of opening. The line was still wrapped around the block and I decided to wait in line. Surprisingly the line was moving quickly and we were in the facility in about 15 minutes.
At first the menu didn’t really seem appealing and small, as there wasn’t a huge selection of food, but I guess you have to remember it’s still essentially a fast-service restaurant. My eye instantly went towards the Smoke Burger with light Shake Sauce (without chillies), Yukon Potato French Fries, and Salted Carame’L’ Concrete. I ended ordering those three items and it costed about $17. You’re probably thinking, $17 for a burger, fries, and a dessert at a fast-food restaurant is expensive. Well the beef is grass-fed, the fries looked like they were cut there, and the concrete…well I’ll get to that in a minute.
The food took about 5 minutes which was extremely impressive seeing how slammed they were. Everything that needed to be hot was steaming hot and the concrete as cold, yet manageable to eat. I quickly took a bite of the burger and was in heaven. The meat was tender, yet melted in my mouth. The Shake Sauce was surprisingly amazing, seeing that I hate mayo. Then I put a few fries in mouth, then a few more, and a few more. SO GOOD. I couldn’t stop eating them. Not greasy, crunchy, crispy, and deliciously fried. They’re definitely not your regular crinkle cut fries. Now to the concrete… I’m not a huge dessert fan, but man was this a disappointment. My friends ended up getting shakes and loved them, but I decided to get the Shake Shack x Glazed & Infused concrete.
First of all, it looked like someone just threw it together. It was very unappealing. Second, the flavors were extremely bland and almost way too sweet for me. The caramel was extremely overpowering and the donut was hard as rock. Now I’m no food critic, but I would definitely not recommend this to anyone. $6 down the drain. At least I know for my future visits (oops I’ve been there 3 times already).
So, you haven’t been to Shake Shack. Go now. I won’t wait 1-2 hours, but if the line looks manageable then wait. Although it’s on the pricey side, the quality definitely shows. Service was great and I’ll be back again… in like an hour.by