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Monday, 31 December 2018

Shake Shack

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When Shake Shack first expanded to Los Angeles, it came with all the lovers and haters you would expect. As the West Hollywood location spent about a year from announcement to opening, all manner of predictions, praise, and insults went flying. Now that there are eight locations in the city, including the one at LAX, we can say the burger had a reception good enough for its business model. And despite your loyalty for this or another burger, it is good for the city. Keeps everyone on their toes.

When I lived in New York City, I was always happy to go to Shake Shack, but I would have loved for competition from In-N-Out. Unfortunately this never happened, but here in Los Angeles there is a much well-rounded burger scene as mom and pop burger shops also thrive especially in South LA, making it possible to obtain any type of burger you want, from the most upscale pretentious kind all the way to an honest roadside stand model.

For me, Shake Shack falls somewhere in the middle of this and is all about the burger. Ok, yes I get a shake too. And fries. And sometimes beer. But the burger here is the shining star despite the name. The single is not the kind of massive American artery-clogger, it's more of a sanity-sized light lunch, if that is possible in the world of burgers.

A recent return visit for a double shack burger

They offer a response to their long lines right on their menu: "There are no shortcuts to quality." While this might be a lofty expression for a simple place, I'll buy it. The line goes fast enough that it is nothing to be too concerned about anyways. They are ubiquitous enough now that sometimes the lines are shorter than the nearby Wendy's.

Even on a freezing day, people will wait in New York

The shack burger ($5.79, below) is gooey and moist, the consistency of raw meat somehow even though only available ordered at medium. It is definitely cooked through, but bursting with juice and flavor. The shack sauce is nothing extraordinary, but the lettuce and tomato are always very fresh, and the non-descript bun is the perfect slightly sweet holder for this sandwich.


The krinkle cut fries ($3.09, above) are by any measure standard, and heavily salted. They don't need ketchup though, and that is a good enough sign. While the place does serve beer, there is something so classic about having a milkshake with a burger. The namesake dessert/beverage here is just right. They do make fresh lemonade that is excellent, although ask for it with little or no ice or you will be drinking mostly frozen water. The taste is very sour and sharp, not very sweetened, and perfect for summer or winter.

Sometimes they put on promotions to try out new items like the hot chicken sandwich ($7.09, below). These are generally underwhelming compared to the burgers.


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