I have been hearing about Shake Shack
for years. This burger & milkshake restaurant has become incredibly popular in the northeast and many people say it's the East Coast version of In-n-Out. I had a chance to try a Shake Shack when we were living in South Florida and spent an evening on South Beach in Miami but I passed on the opportunity. When I figured out there was a Shake Shack in D.C. we could go to last weekend, I took advantage of this chance.
Shake Shack is known for having a simple menu but using high quality ingredients. The burgers are made with 100% angus beef and the meat has no antibiotics or hormones. The crinkle fries have no trans-fat and are made with yukon gold potatoes. And the milkshakes feature ice cream and custard that are made daily at each Shake Shack location. The prices reflect quality ingredients and it's not cheap for burgers, fries, and shakes, but I had high hopes that my first Shake Shake experience would be able to live up to the hype.
I decided to order a Shack Burger, Fries, and a Presidential Sweet Concrete (thick milkshake). The Shack Burger was topped with lettuce, tomato, and shack sauce. And the presidential sweet concrete was made of vanilla custard, peanut butter sauce, marshmallow sauce, and milk chocolate chunks. The Shack Burger and fries were awesome. You could taste the quality in the meat and the shack sauce was a great complimentary flavor. The fries tasted incredibly fresh and had a wonderful crunch without being too greasy. The milkshake/concrete was the only disappointment. It reminded me of a blizzard from Dairy Queen and I really didn't get much flavor other than the vanilla custard.
The prices for the burger and fries were reasonable - with the burger being $4.75 and the fries at $2.65. I'd say the concrete is overpriced and overrated, at $4.25 for a half. Compared to a Cook-Out Milkshake at about $2.50, Shake Shack is nowhere near as good. I'd consider the burgers to be better than Cook Out or Five Guys and the fries were top notch. In all, my first trip to Shake Shack was a big success. Now, they just need to keep expanding into Virginia.
1216 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036