To avoid the crowd, we visited before the dinner rush, around 4:30 p.m. on a Saturday. It was a good move because the bright, clean restaurant was already packed. All the tables — made from reclaimed bowling alley floors — were full, and the counter had a line about 10 deep. We were able to find a table by the time our food was ready, and the friendly staff were quick to clean off tables and chairs. In fact, Shake Shack was one of the cleanest fast food restaurants I have visited.
We ordered the ShackBurger, and we weren’t disappointed. The Angus beef patty was cooked medium, garnished with cheese, lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce (a tangy mayo-based sauce), and sandwiched within a pillowy potato bun. It was a great little burger for $5.29. The SmokeShack, with bacon and chopped cherry pepper, was a savory, mildly spicy take on the ShackBurger. The Chik’n Shack is reminiscent of a Chik-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich, though the herb mayo added a bit of sophistication to the taste. Cook staff even made an off-the-menu grilled cheese on a potato bun for one of my pickier diners.
Round out your meal with their crispy crinkle cut fries — the only side available on the menu. If you’re feeling decadent, you can get your fries smothered in cheese sauce.
Although the restaurant started as a hot dog cart in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, the hot dog — including the chicken dog — feels like an after-thought on the menu. Our party forgot to order one, and I noticed nobody dining near us was eating a hot dog either.
One thing we didn’t forget to do: Save room for dessert! The vanilla frozen custard was sweet and creamy. The chocolate chip cookie concrete featured a cookie from Winslow’s Home and was heavy on the salted caramel. In keeping with Shake Shack’s culture of giving back to the local communities where it places its restaurants, 5 percent of sales from the Pie Oh My concrete are donated to Forest Park Forever. Shake Shack also serves its namesake, shakes; floats; and a variety of other concretes, including the option to create your own.
If you feel right at home with Shack Shake’s menu and ambiance, it’s likely because founder Danny Meyer grew up in St. Louis.
“I learned the meaning of hospitality while growing up in St. Louis, a lesson that has shaped my life and career,” Meyer said. “When I jotted down the first Shake Shack menu, it was my favorite childhood food memories that most inspired me, and I’m thrilled that Shake Shack has at last found a home in my hometown.”
Final thoughts: If we lived closer to Shake Shack, we’d be picking up burgers regularly. The food was crave-worthy enough to visit again while in the neighborhood.
Shake Shack is located at 60 North Euclid, St. Louis, MO. If you’re looking for a quick pick-up or to bypass the line, download the Shake Shack app and order online. Shake Shack is open from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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