Friday, August 22, 2014

Shake Shack: Philadelphia Review [2]

How do I know the GF loves and knows me? For the day before my birthday, the GF sent me off to get a surprise massage at Body Restoration and then had me meet up at Rittenhouse. From there, we set off to Shack Shack.

Shack-cago Dog [$4]
Rick's Picks Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt, mustard

This time around, I was in the mood for a hot dog, so went with a Chicago-style dog, split and grilled on the flat top. Despite this, the dog could have used a bit more snap especially since the bun was soft. Still, it was delicious, with the celery salt making each bite.

Shack Corn Dog [$4.50]
Vienna all-beef hot dog, Shack-made corn batter, Ricki's Picks sweet corn relish

For Memorial Day, Shack Shack had a special, which should really be a special every day of the year. The sweet crispy batter yields to the snap of a properly juicy dog. And the sweet corn relish had some great twang to provide some brightness to each bite.

SmokeShack [$6.25]
Cheeseburger, Niman Ranch applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper, ShackSauce 

And of course, this being Shack Shack, we had to get some burgers. The buns are soft, but that yields to a richer experience due to the contrasting crispness of the burger and bacon. The cherry peppers add some acidity to make this one of the better burgers on the East Coast.

'Shroom Burger [$6.75]
Crisp-fried portobello mushroom, melted muenster and cheddar, lettuce, tomato, ShackSauce

And the shroom burger is a beast of a vegetarian burger, with the blend of muenster and cheddar adding a creamy heft between the crisply fried portobello. Be warned though - it's a veritable explosion of molten cheese lava in your mouth! 

Fries [$2.70]

The one sub-par experience though? Shack Shack got rid of their trademark crinkle-cut fries. So sad, especially since these were a limp, greasy mess. But good news on the horizon! The crinkle-cut fries will be back in the Fall, supposedly better than ever with artificial ingredients removed! Just another reason to stop by Shack Shack every chance I can get.

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