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#31 Ron Johnson

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 12:19 PM

But would you wait on a line for it?

Dear, down here we say wait in line for it. :o

But yes, I would. If I was in the mood for that kind of burger and fries lunch, I would stand in that line for 15-20 minutes. I went at 11:30 on a weekday, and there happened to be a very short line, but I liked the food a lot for what it was. I am certainly not saying it was some amazing cuisine. It was just tasty burgers and fries.

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 12:21 PM

Ah, so it rates a 20 minute wait. But not perhaps a 30 minute wait or longer?

Once I went and there was no line (it was very early), and another time I waited about 15 minutes. But longer than that, I wouldn't do it.

I feel about the burger exactly like you do Ron. But was underwhelmed by the fries and the shake.
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#33 Ron Johnson

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 12:25 PM

Ah, so it rates a 20 minute wait. But not perhaps a 30 minute wait or longer?

I wouldn't wait 30 minutes for any burger. At least not in Manhattan where there are about a thousand alternate lunch options within blocks of me that don't have a 30 minute wait.

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 12:41 PM

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.

Well you just aren't a good judge of good burgers then. I'm with Dilley. The Shake Shack burger, alone or double, medium rare, is one of the for best burgers sold in the city. It is juicy, tasty, meaty and the perfet size. Eat two if you are hungry, or order a double. I get there before noon or ater 3 and rarely wait more than 5 minutes. I haven't had the JG Mellon burger that everyone raves about, but the Burger Shack and Corner Bostro also serve an excellent burger.

I've been down the burger trail for many years, and there is no nostalgia for me at the Shake Shack. Just a classic diner burger they way they used to be before they froze those premade hockey pucks. The shakes are too heavy for me. I prefer Root Beer or a float.
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Posted 08 September 2005 - 12:51 PM

how much do these burgers cost?

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#36 StephanieL

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 01:33 PM

Hamburger: $3.23 single, $5.08 double

Cheeseburger: $3.69 single, $5.77 double

Shake Shack burger (cheese, lettuce, tomato, "Shack Sauce"): $4.15 single, $6.23 double, $7.38 triple

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:23 PM

People must mean different things by "thick". It's too salty as well.
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Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:24 PM

Hmm, I thought it wasn't salty enough.
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Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:25 PM

Ah, and inconsistent. See?
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Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:26 PM

People must mean different things by "thick". It's too salty as well.

i think we need to first establish objective culinary standards for such concepts as "thick" and "salty". it is clear to me that people who have lived in situations where thickness has eluded them for various social reasons cannot be reasonably expected to demonstrate an attitude to it that people with other experiences of thickosity might consider normal.

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:27 PM

Re: salt - I wouldn't expect there to be salt IN the burger, but I don't recall ever wanting to add salt to a burger at CB, or Old Town, or J.G. Melon, Landmarc, 12th Street Bar and Grill, etc., etc., and yet at the Shake Shack I thought it needed salt. Although, come to think of it, I usually have a few slices of bacon tucked between the bun and burger.
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Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:31 PM

People must mean different things by "thick".  It's too salty as well.

i think we need to first establish objective culinary standards for such concepts as "thick" and "salty". it is clear to me that people who have lived in situations where thickness has eluded them for various social reasons cannot be reasonably expected to demonstrate an attitude to it that people with other experiences of thickosity might consider normal.

Move this member to Burger Club. Thanks. :o
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Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:32 PM

Re: salt - I wouldn't expect there to be salt IN the burger, but I don't recall ever wanting to add salt to a burger at CB, or Old Town, or J.G. Melon, Landmarc, 12th Street Bar and Grill, etc., etc., and yet at the Shake Shack I thought it needed salt. Although, come to think of it, I usually have a few slices of bacon tucked between the bun and burger.

To be honest, my last couple of posts were not entirely serious.
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Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:33 PM

I never joke about burgers. Or bacon. :o
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Posted 08 September 2005 - 03:21 PM

. . . the Epstein's Burger with bacon and cheese . . .

Love the sound of that!