Food

Shake Shack Tysons Opens Monday

Plus: the glorious return of crinkle fries.
The Shackburger, one of our top 25 favorites, comes to Tysons. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

The first-ever Virginia branch of Shake Shack debuts Monday in Tysons Corner Center, marking the fifth location in the Washington area, alongside Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter, Union Station, and Nationals Park outposts. Eaters can expect the franchise classics: Shackburgers, griddled hot dogs, and frozen custard.

New to the lineup is the Tysons Treat, a concrete that mixes vanilla custard, banana, sprinkles, and chocolate graham crackers from the local bakery Pollystyle. Those in the mood for something boozier can find beers, wines, and the exclusive ShackMeister Ale from Brooklyn Brewery. An outdoor patio extends from the standalone structure for sipping and eating in warm weather.

A new location isn’t the only good news for the New York burger chain. The company announced on Friday that the favored “crinkles” will make a comeback after a brief foray into the world of fresh, hand-cut fries. The Shack sets themselves apart from chain burger joints with all-natural patties and custard free of corn syrup, but sometimes the frozen stuff just tastes better. Look for the scrunchy spuds to return in the fall, this time with no artificial ingredients.

Shake Shack Tysons. The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center; 703-847-7300.

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Anna Spiegel
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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.