Shake Shack – DO believe the hype!

Last month, I got to visit New York CIty…for the first time in my life!  Got to visit my sister, her husband, and most importantly, my princess-niece, Kaitlyn.

A burgervore in the making!

If you couldn’t tell by the background of the picture, it was my niece’s birthday.  Princess decorations and Happy Meals…what more could a 4-year-old girl ask for?  I had only a few goals for the trip: 1) Spend time with the family.  2) See some of the touristy sights (Broadway, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, etc.).  3) Eat a good burger.  I’m happy to announce that I completed all of these items.  Of course, I would’ve enjoyed an additional week in NYC, but for my first trip, it didn’t disappoint.

Now before I had even planned on taking this trip, I had heard of the almighty Shake Shack and its glorious offerings.  I had listened to people debate over In-N-Out vs. Shake Shack as well as tales of the incredibly long lines and the ingenious Shack Cam.  I had seen it on TV and read about it online.  It was time – time for me to delight in the bounty that Shake Shack had to offer!!  Hmmm…maybe I should stop reading Game of Thrones…I think it’s affecting my writing…

I felt kinda bad, though, cuz I think I was the only one in the group who really wanted to eat a burger not to mention the line that we ended up waiting in (shout out to my family – love you all!!!).  Expecting the Shack in Madison Square Park to be packed, we headed to the Theater District location and were greeted with a line out the door and up the street.  Not wanting to subject my family to the torture of having to wait in line, I suggested we go somewhere else, but they reassured me that the line really wasn’t that bad and that it would move quickly.  My loving wife also insisted that we wait it out as she knew how much I wanted to eat my very first ShackBurger (shout out to my wife – love you!!).  So we waited…and waited some more.  After playing a few rounds of “school” with my 4-year-old niece as the teacher, it was finally time to order. Shake Shack didn’t have a terribly extensive menu, a few burger and hot dog options, but I still had a difficult time deciding what to get.  After much deliberation, I ended up choosing the Single ShackBurger with fries and a draught root beer (Abia Brewing Co., Louisiana).  Like vultures we circled around the tables, waiting for a group to leave so that we’d have a place to sit down and eat.  Thanks to the keen eye of my wife, we scored a booth big enough for the 5 of us.

My sister told me to expect a greasy diner-style burger.  She was wrong.  Very, very wrong.  My ShackBurger came dressed with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and a lil’ ShackSauce…actually a LOT of ShackSauce…too much ShackSauce IMO.  And as much as I was put off by the inordinate amount of sauce, the burger was SO good, I was able to look past this.  Honestly, though, the sauce in reasonable quantities was quite tasty.  It had a nice tanginess to it.  Much better than the typical thousand island dressing “secret” sauce used on many burgers.  The veggies were fresh and the patty was nice and juicy.  Shake Shack uses 100% all-natural Angus beef ground fresh daily.  Everything about the burger, not just the beef, seemed like it was high quality.  After I inhaled my burger, I deeply regretted not getting a double.  I must’ve looked quite pitiful because my wife kindly gave up more than half of her burger to me.  I’m not quite certain where my sister got the “greasy diner-style” description from, but I’ll just have to beg to differ.  As crazy as this sounds, I was so engrossed in the burger, I can’t remember anything about the fries and the root beer.  They were good…I think…

Both my sister and my brother-in-law stated that the folks at Shake Shack were a little off their game the night we went.  They said that the food usually comes out faster and that the burgers aren’t as over-sauced as they were.  So I can only imagine how good the ShakeBurger could be when done right.  Easily one of my top ten burgers of all time.  Definitely will be going back to Shake Shack someday…I hope…

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