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If you want a quick-yet-gourmet style burg­ers that are served with all your favourite top­pings then try out some burg­ers at Grill Shacks.

It’s been a while since I had my ca­sual stop at a burger joint. This week­end I’ll take you to my new favourite spot that was re­cently opened in Aza­iba (at the petrol sta­tion, nearby McDon­ald’s on your way to the air­port), where they serve cheesy, juicy burg­ers, hu­mon­gous hot­dog treats, and bar­be­cued ribs.

One day, I left the of­fice in a se­vere state of hunger. I needed a proper sand­wich that was fill­ing yet easy on the stom­ach; since it was my first meal of the day (yes, break­fast and lunch were skipped on that day) I had to be se­lec­tive on what’s go­ing to be served fast with no com­pro­mises with the qual­ity. Well, a friend of mine sug­gested to hit the road and try Grill Shack burg­ers. So I did. I was stunned by how de­light­ful their burg­ers were. The mo­ment I walked in the restau­rant I knew I would be stuff­ing my face with all kinds of treats, and I suc­cess­fully did that and packed more for later.

Grill Shack is sim­ply a one-stop-shop for those who want to have a quick-yet-gourmet style burg­ers that are served with all your favourite top­pings like meat, cheeses, and mayos. And, they also serve mini burg­ers (also known as slid­ers); hot­dog sand­wiches; spaghetti and meat­balls; per­fectly sea­soned and grilled chicken and wings; chilli con carne fries in­spired by the French pou­tine dish; smoky ribs; and of course a se­lec­tion of beef and chicken burg­ers.

I en­tered the place and walked to­wards the self-ser­vice counter to place my or­der. I wasn’t jok­ing about be­ing hun­gry, so I or­dered two burg­ers, a hot­dog sand­wich, some ribs, a side dish, and a coke.

The first burger was Shack Royale Deluxe; a sea­soned and char­grilled patty, topped with melting cheese, ice­berg let­tuce, tomato, onions, and Grill Shack’s spe­cial in-house sauce, sand­wiched in potato buns. The taste was im­pec­ca­ble and juicy, and the sauce added a de­li­cious burst of flavours to the burger.

The sec­ond burger came in. Spicy Shack, a char­grilled patty, topped with cheese, tomato, onion, and beef ba­con, driz­zled with the in-house spe­cial sauce, served on a potato bun as well. This was def­i­nitely a favourite of mine; I was sold the mo­ment I tasted the par­a­disiac com­bi­na­tion of cheese and ba­con.

By the end of this ses­sion, my stom­ach was still ask­ing for more, so I dived into Shack Ribs, ten­der, smoky beef short ribs, oven-cooked for four hours, and brushed with an in-house spe­cial rib sauce for that fi­nal touch. This was quite a de­light, I de­voured the ribs like no­body’s busi­ness. They were per­fec­tion.

My stom­ach couldn’t han­dle an­other bite af­ter the ribs, I was of­fi­cially on the verge of burst­ing. So, I took one last bite off my fourth meal. The Jumbo Chilli Dawg, and 8-inch hot­dog, topped with chilli con carne, white onions, and served on a 6-inch bun. I am a huge fan of the chilli mix, so I had a feel­ing that this will be an awe­some treat, and it was su­perb. I couldn’t breathe any­more, so I packed the sand­wich for later.

As I was in­dulging on these de­li­cious treats, I placed my side dish of Ched­dar Cheese Jalape³os on the right side of my ta­ble and kept on pop­ping one chilli af­ter an­other. These treats are to die for; they are beau­ti­fully crunchy on the out­side, and su­per flavour­ful and cheesy on the in­side. Don’t take small bites with this one, munch the whole Jalape³o piece and en­joy a warm, cheesy ex­plo­sion in your mouth.

Grill Shack is go­ing to be one of my stops from now on, their burg­ers are per­fectly sized and are not that fill­ing, which makes them a great op­tion for those of us who just want to grab some­thing quickly and eat it on-the-go. I to­tally rec­om­mend this place, es­pe­cially for their Spicy Shack, Jalape³o Cheese, and Shack Ribs.

For those who want to have a quick-yet-gourmet style burg­ers that are served with all your favourite top­pings like meat, cheeses, and mayos, Grill Shack is the right place to be.

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