Shake shack is worth the hype

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MGM’s New York-New York is an ideal location for the ultimate in burger cuisine!

As I have written several times in my weekly column Las Vegas has no shortage on great burger places. We just had another addition to the burger family of Las Vegas called Shake Shack, which opened for business just a couple weeks ago.

To be honest, I can’t remember more fanfare and buzz about a burger joint than this one got. Shake Shack got its start as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan. This simple little cart became so popular in New York that there were long lines of people lining up for its offerings.

From that simple cart to stores in 10 different states, Shake Shack continues to grow. The latest Shake Shack store resides right on the Las Vegas Strip at New York-New York. I mean, where else would they put it but by the new park project outside New York-New York?

Often when something has as much fanfare and anticipation as Shake Shack did, once it gets here it doesn’t live up to the hype. Well that is not the case here, as I have to say I was blown away by their burger.

On my visit I ordered the Shackmeister Burger served with marinated fried shallots. This burger was absolutely amazing. A single was $6.99 and a double was $8.99.

There are a lot of good burger places in town and many gourmet joints from celebrity chefs all selling their burgers on the Strip for $13-$15 on average. The Shackmeister is currently my favorite.

And, we are talking half the price of the Strip burger places.

They have several burger choices but I have been here twice and ordered the same one both times. My wife Lori had the Shack Burger, which is your basic cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and Shack sauce. She enjoyed hers as much as I enjoyed mine.

Now that I am done drooling over the burger let me tell you about the fries. Every time I eat crinkle cut fries it reminds me of when I was a kid. I loved them as a kid. Thanks to Shake Shack I can be a kid again.

These fries are so good. The secret is they double fry them so they are very crunchy on the outside but soft and moist on the inside. Just order the large.

I haven’t tried the hot dogs yet at Shake Shack but they looked very good. They serve their dogs Flat Top style, meaning they split the hot dog and grill it crisp. Their most popular dog is their version of the Chicago Dog or as they call it, the Shack-cago Dog. It’s topped with Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt and mustard. I will try a hot dog on my next visit.

Finally, let’s not forget one of their signature items, milkshakes. All of their shakes are handspun with vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry or their flavor of the week. They also have several different floats and frozen custard treats.

Have a hungry group? Check out the Shack-A-Polooza, which feeds 4-6 people. It’s three scoops of vanilla, chocolate and the flavor of the week drenched and drowned in fudge, caramel and marshmallow sauce, topped with chocolate truffle cookie dough, chocolate toffee, Belgian waffles and chocolate sprinkles.

From start to finish I enjoyed my meal, and if you want to catch a game while you are eating there are plenty of TV’s. The big TV wall is especially cool. I give Shake Shack 3.75 forks.

Marco D’Angelo is a Race Horse Owner & Breeder, Professional Sports Handicapper & Bettor. You can find Marco at WagerTalk.com and by following him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas @MarcoInVegas. You can contact him at [email protected].

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