1216 18th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: American, Deli/Quick Bites
Sunday through Thursday 11 to 11, Friday and Saturday 11 to midnight.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
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
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.