Cheap Eats 2012: Shake Shack

The Shack Burger. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
The Shack Burger. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

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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