if we had In and Out here in NYC, it might be a different story.. as it is though, people line up for hours waiting for an in and out burger when a new place opens up.. traffic jams regularly form around them during lunch hours.. so it's not exactly a nyc phenomenon.. not to say that LA is always the most rationale of places, or should be what we model ourselves after..
Ah, don't bother. You are all nuts, and so is everyone on Chowhound and eGullet. Completely crazy.
So, I go down to Shake Shack off-peak and just go for the straightforward SHackburger with cheese. Little tiny burger on the kind of soft white bun known in England as a bap. Bit of tomato, bit of lettuce. Slice of American cheese. And the special sauce about which I can remember nothing.
And you people are standing in line for this?
Yes, it is better than McDonalds. In a sane world, McDonald would be about this good, and no-one would be standing in line for it.
Barmy. The lot of you.
Edit to add: Loonies.
ask for your burger rare, and they'll give it to you rare.. ask for it well, and they'll give it to you crispy and well. otherwise, it's med-rare to medium..
it's a solid burger.. it's outside.. it's different, and if you spent a lot of time in the neighborhood, you'd understand that it's better than most of the options around, including any burger within walking distance, although i will allow for those who are Molly's fans to argue this..