Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Shake Shack
Chicago Athletic Association
12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: 312.646.6005
$$ ($15-$30)
Cuisine: American
Sat, 10/03/2015, 3:00pm walk-in
     (4.5 Piglets)

What started as a small hot dog cart in Manhattan quickly became one of the most popular burger icons of NYC. Shake Shack's hot dog cart was first established in 2001. It was a cart that was crazy busy for a few years, earning enough success to finally transition as a permanent kiosk in Madison Square Park in 2004. These days, it's no longer a "shack." Shake Shack can be found in the East Coast and Las Vegas serving burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, and even treats for your dog!

The Interior

Shake Shack is one of those burger joints that doesn't mess around. Its simplicity with a decently-sized menu is what makes this place special. Think In-N-Out of the East Coast. Both are simple, both taste amazing, and both, well...are comparably different from each other.

The ordering

SHACKBURGER (SINGLE: $5.19): Cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, and Shack Sauce. I wanted to get their classic burger as it's probably the simplest burger on the menu. The burger is delicious and the bun was nice and moist. I appreciate a good, simple burger and this is the epitome of that. It's similar to In-N-Out but smaller in terms of size. I still prefer In-N-Out because I think it has a "fresher" taste to it, but that's just a personal preference. 

CRINKLE FRIES ($2.95): OMFG. These are delicious! I obviously had to get my hands on it as you can tell from my picture. They were super crispy on the outside and retained its crispiness throughout the meal. It tasted fresh and I could taste the potato in each bite. If I were to compare this to In-N-Out, I think In-N-Out has a thinner, distinctive taste to it. I actually prefer these fries over In-N-Out, but there is a huge possibility I may revert back and forth. 

Overall, Shake Shack is a really good burger without the fuss. The meat to bun ratio is spot on and their Shack sauce is pretty darn yummy. I'm so excited that Shake Shack is coming to Los Angeles next year. Now us Angelenos will have the best of both worlds. Whether you prefer In-N-Out or Shake Shack, you can't go wrong with either.

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