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New York, NY 10282
I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about Shake Shack, my favorite fast food chain and my FAVORITE burger of all time. I’ve tried the whole spectrum from McDonald’s to Minetta Tavern’s $26 Black Label Burger and Shake Shack still wins in terms of 100% taste (meaning, I’m not giving it any bonus points for it being cheap).
I recently went to the Battery Park venue after a beautiful bike ride along the East side river. LAW and I got three burgers and one order of fries. Normally we would have also gotten the pricey but delicious Fair Shake ($5.50), which is a vanilla shake with organic Arabica Fair Trade coffee. It’s the only shake I love because it is deliciously creamy and has such a nice roasted coffee flavor. But we didn’t get it because we were hosting a root beer float party later that day…
LAW had the Shack Burger ($4.55), which is a cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, and Shack Sauce, and the regular Hamburger ($3.55). I always get the Shack Burger but decided I needed to try the special: the Smoke Shack ($6.25), which is a cheeseburger topped with Niman Ranch all-natural applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper, and Shack Sauce.
It had all the things I liked about the Shack Burger: 1) the melty, creamy, and mild American cheese; 2) the awesome, juicy, not-too-thin-nor-thick sirloin+brisket+short rib patty ground by Pat LaFrieda; 3) the fresh lettuce, roma tomatoes, and sweet raw onions; 4) the buttery, soft, and slightly crisp potato bun; and 5) the Shack Sauce (aka. some version of Thousand Island). BUT this new burger also has bacon and cherry peppers! I clearly had to try it. And I’m so glad I did because the burger was absolutely effing amazing. The cherry peppers really did it for me. They were just spicy enough and slightly pickled, adding the perfect punch to an already perfect burger. This is like seeing an absolute stud wearing a perfectly fitting suit. Good looks and good dress. It doesn’t happen often but when it does, oh man is it awesome.
Here is a photo of the In-N-Out burgers I had when I was in Vegas. Compare. Notice how the patty is a lot thinner and more dry looking? I don’t like those ginormous two-inch patties that gourmet burgers come with but these here are just too skimpy. You can’t even really taste the beef. The tomatoes are beefsteak tomatoes which are meatier than the roma but not as juicy. Shake Shack wins in my book. Sorry West Coasters!
I also really love the fries from Shake Shack. They are always very crispy, golden and salted just the right amount. I also like that they are crinkle cut because it gives the fry more texture and crispiness (the more edges the more crispy!).
I will admit that the animal style fries from In-N-Out are pretty awesome. However, the awesomeness comes from the globs of melted American cheese, grilled onions, and pool of their special sauce (another variety of Thousand Island). They are also not crinkle cut so do not stay crispy.
I really am not a big meat person but I will crave a Shake Shack burger every few weeks. I will crave it so badly that my mind will cause my mouth to salivate and I’ll find myself drooling on my bike ride to the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.