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Cheap Eats 2012: Shake Shack
The Shack Burger. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published June 1, 2012
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Shake Shack
Address: 1216 18th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-683-9922
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: American, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11 to 11, Friday and Saturday 11 to midnight.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Price Details: Burgers $4.75 to $8.75, shakes $5, concretes $4.25 to $6.50, hot dogs $4 to $5.40.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Cheap Eats 2012

In his chain burger joint, Danny Meyer, the New York restaurateur behind such many-starred restaurants as Eleven Madison Park and Gramercy Tavern, marries the best parts of fast food—a kitchen that works at McDonald’s-like speed, greasy-good paper-wrapped burgers—with thoughtful ingredients such as hand-ground beef and Rick’s Picks relish.

The star of the menu is the Shack Burger, a skinny patty on a potato roll stacked with lettuce, tomato, American cheese, and creamy ShackSauce. We skip the standard-issue crinkle-cut fries but rarely leave without a Concrete—super-thick frozen custard with such seasonal mix-ins as pineapple caramel with coconut.

Also good: Bird Dog, a chicken-sage-and-apple sausage; Chicago-style hot dog; Majority Whip Concrete with bits of crepe and seasonal fruit.

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