regular fries ($2.25, 440 calories) and chocolate shake ($3.69, 820 calories). My char- served with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayonnaise on a lightly sesame-seeded bun, was a disappointment, with a flavor that tasted odd and slightly of chemicals instead of charred. It wasn’t juicy, and it wasn’t good. I didn’t finish it. were industrial cut to medium thickness and unremarkable, although crispy.
excellent, with custard extruded from a machine mixed with milk and syrup and then blended in a Hamilton Beach mixer.
Food: burger, The fries The shake was
Disappointing that a place that looked so good was so underwhelming in the flavor department. It does not hold a candle to that other California burger legend, In-N-Out, which so far has not branched east of Texas.
My takeaway: Rating: cheese-
1 1⁄ patties.
Shake Shack Background:
Launched in 2004 as a single stand at New York’s Madison Square Park by acclaimed restaurateur Danny Meyer, Shake Shack has grown to almost 200 locations worldwide, including six in South Florida. It offers Angus beef, applewoodsmoked bacon, organic chicken, crinkle-cut fries and custards, concretes and shakes. Gluten-free buns are available besides the standard Martin’s potato rolls
I’ve been to many Shake Shacks in South Florida and beyond, but my latest visit came during this past weekend’s soft opening at the new Fort Lauderdale location. An eager, smiling and large work crew was on hand, and there was no line when I walked in at 4:30 p.m. The eatery was bright and attractive, with wooden tables and seats, large windows overlooking Federal Highway and many televi-
sions scattered around the dining room. The lone drawback: a split order (part eat-in, part takeaway) required two buzzers, which made things clunky. Both went off simultaneously after five minutes.
$14.70, tax included, for cheeseburger ($5.59, 530 calories), fries ($2.99, 470 calories) and black-and-white shake ($5.29, 770 calories). The standard
cheeseburger comes with two patties, but I ordered a single, with melted American cheese, Bibb lettuce, Roma tomatoes and special sauce (red, creamy mayonnaise). It was smashed to a good crust but still juicy. The soft, pillowy potato roll soaked up juices and flavors. were fine, very light and crispy from the new fryers but the interiors were airy to the point of nothingness. There was hardly any potato inside. The black-andwhite shake was tremendous, a perfect, creamy
Cost: Food: ShackBurger The crinkle-cut fries
balance of vanilla and chocolate and not too sweet.
A delicious, pleasant and satisfying experience, but I wonder how it will do once the hangry mobs start swarming.
My takeaway: Rating:
In my dream world, I’d take a BurgerFi burger with Five Guys’ fries and a Shake Shack shake, from a restaurant with Shake Shack’s efficiency and Habit Burger Grill’s atmosphere. In the real world, I’d have a hard time deciding between BurgerFi and Shake Shack. Both are winners, but best enjoyed in moderation. New arteries do not grow on trees. .
Shake Shack held a grand opening Monday for its first Fort Lauderdale location, at 2400 N. Federal Highway.
A portobello mushroom burger with onion rings at Habit Burger Grill.