Archives for November 2014

tastes to try: shake shack

If you live anywhere in the Atlanta area, chances are you’ve heard of the newest burger joint to come to town – the infamous Shake Shack, a descendant of its famous parent restaurant in New York. It started as a food cart outside Madison Square Park in 2000 and since then has grown to expand to 11 states (and counting).

The new Shake Shack is located in the heart of Buckhead on Peachtree – if you’ve driven by in the past couple weeks, you’ve definitely seen the giant lines out the door and down the block, even on chilly nights. When a friend was visiting from out of town, we finally got around to trying it to see if it would live up to the hype.

Shake Shack ATL

Image via Eater ATL

First thing’s first: I’m the realest the line. I pass the location on my way home and there always seems to be at least 20 people waiting to meet their burger match – to be honest, this is what scared us away for the first few weeks after the grand opening. After getting up close, though, I can assure you the line’s nothing to be afraid of. The ordering counter is actually right inside the door, so if there are more than a few people lined up, the line is going to stretch out the door – it’s a bit of an illusion. It only took us about 15-20 minutes to get to the front of a pretty long line of people, which wasn’t bad at all when you’ve got friends to wait with you (and milkshake choices to make).

We (not for lack of a long debate) finally made our choices and ordered our food. We all tried the Shakeburger, their original, plain cheeseburger, complete with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce. They’ve also got a vegetarian Shroomburger I’m dying to try and an entire selection of hot dogs that I can’t go into because I’m hungry at work, but if you want to check out the whole menu, it’s here. Since we got to expense it to a business meal for a friend (yep), we also got two things of cheese fries, because, well, they’re cheese fries.

Since it wouldn’t be complete first trip without desserts, we committed to the Shack (Is this a thing? I’m making it a thing.) with different concretes and milkshakes to quench the sugar cravings. Two of us tried the Campfire S’mores Concrete (pictured), as 1. S’mores are everything and 2. 5% of sales are donated to a great local cause, Camp Twin Lakes. (If you’ve never heard of them, please check it out – an amazing program.)

Shake Shack Burger Shake Shack Fries

A few things I didn’t get to try that I’ll definitely be back for: the ShackMeister Ale and the upstairs open-air patio. The ale is brewed specifically for Shake Shack locations by Brooklyn Brewery. If there’s one thing I’m not missing, it’s an original craft beer. It was too cold for us to go up on the patio, but on a beautiful day in Atlanta, there’s nothing better than some rooftop dining.

The Verdict

I’m giving Shake Shack a 7.5/10 in my book. Burger: The burger was good – it’s no H&F burger, but definitely solid. I’m a big In-N-Out fan, but since we don’t have any nearby, I have confidence SS is going to deliver solid burgers quickly and not-too-expensively in my times of need. Dessert: The concrete was good, but a little too heavy for my taste – I think I’ll stick with a shake next time (as I probably should have done in the first place – hence the name)! Sides: However…if we’re giving the cheese fries a score, it would be 10 million/10, because y’all, if you go and don’t get them, you did it wrong. Overall, a great addition to the new Buckhead Atlanta shopping center and something I think will stick around in Atlanta for a while.