My first interaction with Shake Shack was at the 2009 Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Shack fever was in full bloom in New York, and I was ecstatic that I would be able to try their signature burger in South Florida.
And then I had it and thought, what’s the fuss all about? I didn’t get it.
The following year at the 2010 Burger Bash, they were back, plus they were also 6 months away from opening their 2nd location (South Beach). But this time, when I tried it, it was different. I immediately got back in line and got a second Shack Burger…..
Kids……And that’s the story of my love affair with the Shack Burger.
If you’re a first-timer, I suggest you try out the single ShackBurger, cheese fries, and the Key Lime Pie oh My Concrete. It’s a good solid introduction to what they do best. I prefer their fresh-squeezed lemonade over a soft drink. If you go the hot dog route, do the regular one with their cheese sauce.
Some folks love Shack Shack, and some don’t find anything special about it. To the latter, I say, “Better for me!” Fewer people will be in the drive-thru line when I’m getting my food.
There are four Shake Shack restaurants near me; to see a list of locations, go here.
Shake Shack Table of Contents
Shake Shack Hot Dog Cart
Yes, that’s the original Shake Shack Hot Dog Cart, which they wheeled out every summer between 2001 through 2003 in New York City’s Madison Square Park. In 2004, the actual Shake Shack stand opened, and then the mania ensued.
Until Shake Shack posted this picture, I was beginning to think that there never was a cart or that they were trying to give themselves some street cred.
Oh well, I was wrong. And who needs street creed when you have the Shack Burger anyways?
Shake Shack Menu Additions Over The Years
The Shake Shack menu has expanded over the years to include all the tasty fellows listed below.
Crispy all-white-meat chicken bites, hand-breaded and served with BBQ or honey mustard sauce
It’s an all-natural, anti-biotic free fried chicken breast w/lettuce, pickles & a slathering of herb mayo
Crispy chicken breast dusted with a guajillo & cayenne pepper blend and topped with slaw and pickles
If you care for someone, you keep close tabs on what they’re up to. I was aware that Shake Shack had a bacon-topped burger at one of their locations in NYC, and I was wondering if it would ever make its way down here.
I asked and asked, and then at Burger Bash (February 2012), Shake Shack served up the SmokeShack Burger (American cheese, applewood smoked bacon, cherry pepper relish & ShackSauce) to the thousands in attendance.
Then, I finally got my grubby hands on it and was (and still am) ecstatic over it. Those who missed it can rest easy, as it’s on the menu at the SoBe Shake Shack!
Seasonal & Limited Time Menu Items
A Chili Themed Menu
Cheeseburger topped with a smoked and slow-braised beef chili with ancho and chile de arbol peppers
Chili Cheese Dog
Vienna beef hot dog topped with a smoked and slow-braised beef chili with ancho and chile de arbol peppers
Chili Cheese Fries
Crinkle-cut fries topped with cheese sauce and smoked and slow-braised beef chili with ancho and chile de arbol peppers
A Vienna all-beef hot dog topped with Shack cheddar and American cheese sauce and crispy ShackMeister Ale marinated shallots
Harry’s Pizzeria Collab
Harry’s Shorty Burger
Burger topped with all of the toppings of Harry’s signature Short Rib Pizza: juicy slow-roasted beef short rib, caramelized onions, arugula, and gruyère cheese
A Vienna dog dipped in their corn batter and fried up as all good corn dogs are. It’s served with Rick’s Picks Sweet Corn Relish
A 100% all-natural Angus beef cheeseburger topped with caramelized onions simmered in beer and bacon
A burger topped with a split & griddled Bratwurst finished with German-style slaw
ShackMeister Marinated Cheddar Brat
Griddle crisp & served with sauerkraut and grainy mustard
Griddled & sliced Bratwurst topped with Shack-made curry ketchup and served with fries
Cheddar Brat Burger
All-natural hamburger topped with a griddled cheddar bratwurst, crispy ShackMeister Ale marinated shallots and ShackSauce
Andouille sausage griddled and served with German-style slaw
Our spin on the Oktoberfest classic; served on a toasted potato roll and topped with crispy ShackMeister Ale marinated shallots and curry ketchup
For the purist; a griddled bratwurst topped with Dusseldorf mustard
Shake Shack Events
Opening Day at Shake Shack Miami Beach
Coral Gables Opening Media Event
Shake Shack’s restaurant in Coral Gables opened in the old JJ’s American Diner spot, originally built as a Howard Johnson’s.
The Shack Goes Mobile
Shake Shack Food Truck
Shake Shack launched two food trucks in late February 2019. One of the mobile vending vehicles is located in the greater tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT, + PA), and the other is in the Atlanta metro area. The food truck can be booked for events or private parties.
On the Burger BEASTmobile
We’re going way back here to early 2011. To my knowledge, the first time Shake Shack made a food truck appearance was on my Burger BEASTmobile. At the time, I was co-hosting a series of food truck events for the Miami Herald, Street Food Fridays.
Many folks don’t even know or remember that I owned a food truck once upon a time. Shake Shack did a pop-up on my truck on the Friday, February 11th, 2011, edition of Street Food Fridays. Many happy folks came out for lunch that afternoon at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Shake Shack Fries & Concretes
You’ll notice that the fries and concretes got little to no mention in this post. It’s not because I dislike them but because my main focus at Shake Shack is the burgers and chicken.
Sometimes, I’m too stuffed to eat anything else but that cheese sauce though, damn, it’s good.
*picture courtesy of Shake Shack