Over spring break I had the task of entertaining the kids for a day or two while they were out of school. One of those days we headed downtown to swap cars and make a donation at the animal shelter and I decided to treat ''them'' to a lunch at Shake Shack.
The place is buzz-a-palooza these days in Chicago. One day I drove by and the line was out the door.
Luckily when we got there before noon there wasn't any line and we were able to order quickly and were treated quite well by the folks behind the counter too.
The place itself was quite upscale for a burger joint and we had a nice booth to ourselves. I didn't even notice there was a kid-focused area a bit further back. Carter and Evie didn't seem to care, they just wanted the food.
There are no kids-sized burgers or drinks so you're paying full price for both. The single burgers were big but not giant and both children devoured them with gusto. They thought they were delicious.
That's probably because the buns were slathered and grilled in butter just like the burger patties. Lots of grease indeed, but I had one of the specialty burgers and the flavors with the special sauce and various ingredients were tasty.
I'm not a fan of crinkle cut French fries. In fact I'd prefer almost any other type of fry.
- Waffle fry.
- Steak fry.
- Shoestring fry.
- McDonalds fry.
- Fries with skin on them.
All rate higher on my scale than the crinkle cut fry you used to get at the school cafeteria.
Luckily Shake Shack makes a good crinkle cut fry. They weren't overcooked or hollow.
But as much as the kids loved the experience I didn't think it was a better burger than SmashBurger out in the 'burbs or Epic Burger in the city. And it was pricey with a bill northward of $30 for the three of us, three burgers, two fries, three small drinks.
I'm not really sure where the hype is coming from.
Although I didn't get to try the shakes...