History and Background:
Everyone knows Shake Shack, everyone’s seen Shake Shack, everyone’s probably eaten at Shake Shack. On several occasions it has been my choice of food for working lunches with Pete, Grace and Daisy. Shake Shack opened in 2004, and went big in America. 34 locations across the US, with an anticipated IPO of $10 million back in Dec 2014, it sure is worth that much. Centrally located in Covent Garden in the main square, groups of people come flocking daily to grab a quick bite of the antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers. The heavy accentuation on how only natural and premium ingredients are used, makes this the place to go to, over its other fast-food competitors.
You can choose between a single or a double burger, £3.00 extra for a double.
- ShackBurger – cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and ‘Shack Sauce’
- SmokeShake – cheesburger topped with British free range Wiltshire cure smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce £7.00
- ‘ShroomBurger – portobello mushroom filled with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, ShackSauce
- ShackStack – (favourite) – cheeseburger and a ‘shroom burger with the same toppings
- Bacon, Cheese and ShackSauce additions are £2.00, £1.00 and £1.00 respectively
Unlike most burgers, they use very soft buns, the actual meat of the burger is on the thin side, and the lettuce can be more generous but all-in-all, Shake Shack burgers are easy to eat, great for the taste buds, and served pretty quickly. (I think you would probably classify them as a fast-food chain). Cheesy fries are heaven, they’re my favourite. Crinkle cut Yukon fries, crunchy, and not oily.
Other choices on the menu include Flat-Top Dogs, Frozen Custard, Shakes, Ice Teas, Root Beer and Wines. Oh and dog food….
Service: Quick service, friendly staff, they will collect your food for you when the buzzers ready. Very casual, almost very American.
Bits and bobs:
- Large outdoor seating area, rare to get an indoor (may have to queue for a seat sometimes.)
- Open 11am-11pm every day, but Sunday where it closes 30 minutes earlier
- Expect queues at peak times