Well first and foremost, I am a Southern California girl, born and raised in Los Angeles, living most of my adult life in Orange County – where In-N-Out is from for those of you uneducated. So of course, I will never, haven’t ever, and will not bash that beautiful specimen of a joint. However, (you saw that coming didn’t you) what I will say is that Shake Shack is pretty dang good for a burger joint.
I had the pleasure of trying Shake Shack for the first time after a night of partying at my cousin’s wedding in Chicago. Obviously the thing I needed most in life was a greasy burger and some fries. I had been in New York several times before, but never felt the need to try it out…I mean my thinking was “WE have In-N-Out, what do I need THAT place for?” However, I knew it was time to try it out, and now I have to admit I was oh so wrong for living without it.
fatty that I am first time that I tried it, I had to get the burger, shackburger, fries, cheese fries, and a black and white malt. (Don’t worry I split most of it with my fiance). The burger was meh. It had no dressing, came with regular toppings and wasn’t salty or greasy. I would definitely pick In-N-Out’s hamburger over this one. It was a fine burger, but just nothing compared to In-N-Out. However, the shackburger was a different story. The shackburger had great cheese, and the sauce…oh man. It wasn’t the type that makes your stomach hurt right away either (sorry In-N-Out). The quality of the burger was really good for a “fast food” joint. The best part was the soft, toasty bun that was still attached on one side. Although I will say that I did miss my grilled onions a bit…
In addition to all the meat, I tried the fries and the cheese fries. For those of you like me who live, breathe, and die in animal style heaven, I have to give this round to Shake Shack. The fries themselves are not overwhelmingly greasy. They are perfect little vessels for ketchup. But the cheese is really where it’s at. I hate nacho cheese so I thought these would be disgusting…unfortunately I was so so so very wrong. I couldn’t put these bad boys down. Something about this cheese was different, although no secret sauce on top…
To wash everything down, I got a black and white malt. For those that don’t know, a malt is powder used in a milkshake to make it richer (and a lot tastier). The black and white usually means chocolate (black) syrup with vanilla (white) ice cream. I didn’t confirm if this was the way its made here (see: too hungry for life itself), but it was really tasty. It wasn’t thick like In-N-Out shakes or hard to drink out of the straw. I like that Shake Shack also serves beer and wine too.
At the end of the day, I wouldn’t choose one over the other. In-N-Out is cheap, fast and the secret menu always makes me feel special. Shake Shack was excellent as well, but is a more “upscale” joint with menu items that are all listed. I am happy to have found this new place, and cannot wait until it comes to the West Coast.
4.5/5 for fast food that doesn’t make you sick.