Shake Shack has arrived in Philly. Pictured above is a Shack Stack (Cheeseburger and a ‘Shroom Burger (Crisp-fried Portobello mushroom filled with melted Muenster & cheddar cheeses), topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce), Fries, and a Peanut Butter Shake. Total bill: 17 dollars and change.
Burger: good, not great. The burger was cooked well done, not medium, per the menu board statement. Other places cook to well, but they also state that. If you’re going to say medium, then cook to medium. Anyway…Size wise, it was a little on the small side for the price, but this is probably the portion size that should be served instead of the other bigger burgers. The beef, while good, was not any different from other upscale burger joints in terms of taste.
Also the ‘Shroom was more cheese than mushroom. Next time I’ll probably opt for a burger sans ‘Shroom.
Fries: Fantastic. Crinkle cut, crisp edges with a soft body, perfect balance.
Shake: Very good. Solid shake, thick but drinkable.
Is Village Whiskey in danger?
Not in the slightest. Anyone that thinks so has never had the Whiskey King and is probably not a Village Whiskey customer to begin with.
Elevation Burger isn’t in the same league.
I haven’t been to 500° in a long time, so a revisit is in order; however at the time it was a decent budget substitute for its bigger brother, the Rouge burger. While the fries at Shake Shack are fantastic, the Fries at 500°/Rouge are my favorite in the city. Also with current pricing both should be pretty similar in cost.
Five Guys which has become the staple now a days. Cheaper than Shake Shack and 500°, but also has less offerings (no milk shakes), but it also offers the most toppings. Fries are worse than both SS & 500, and in terms of burger size, my unscientific memory deems Five Guys the biggest.
Verdict? (Didn’t I already do this?)
Shake Shack was good, not great, and pretty pricey. I need to go back and get the standard Shack Burger. My eyes saw Portobello and I lost all decision making ability. Also hopefully the second time will yield a properly cooked burger.
Assuming these results hold up, I’d probably opt for Five Guys because it’s cheaper and offers more toppings. And then go to a full fledge restaurant (Village Whiskey, Rouge, etc…) if I want a real burger.