Shake Shack is now serving up its burgers and shakes with a cult-like following to Ohio diners, at Pinecrest in Orange Village.
Pinecrest’s website says the fast-food restaurant is a “critically acclaimed, modern-day ‘roadside’ burger stand known for its 100 percent all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches and griddled flat-top dogs (no hormones or antibiotics – ever), fresh-made frozen custard, crispy crinkle cut fries and more.”
The food is just a delicious as described, and the portions are filling. A single ShakeBurger (one patty), plus a regular order of fries and a root beer float was more than enough food for me. (Actually, I don’t think I ate again that evening, after having that lunch/dinner around 3 p.m.) The fries remind me of the frozen kind I used to eat when I was a kid, but the crispiness and flavor make Shake Shack’s significantly better. I don’t know exactly what’s in the ShackSauce that comes standard on the ShakeBurger, but it’s a great complement to the burger, cheese, lettuce and tomato. No ketchup or mustard necessary.
Shake Shack primarily has locations in the NYC area, and it’s often brought up in best-fast-food-burger debates alongside In-N-Out. If you haven’t had an opportunity to try Shake Shack, it’s for sure worth a visit. If Orange Village is a bit of a hike for you, maybe consider it along with a visit to the Silverspot Cinema, or once more of the storefronts in Pinecrest are open. The development will be a cool destination when there’s more shopping than “Coming soon!” signs.
Be prepared to wait. We stood in a line out the door during our visit in the middle of a Sunday afternoon. I’m sure peak meal times see even more foot traffic, and you’ll probably have a shorter wait during weekday off-meal times.
What: Shake Shack
When it’s open: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
My menu pick: A single ShakeBurger, an order of regular fries and a root beer float. I easily could be persuaded into swapping the float for a shake; it’s all made with delivious frozen custard. (Don’t even bother looking at the calories. This is a cheat-day destination.)
Cheryl Sadler is thinking about her next trip to Pinecrest for a Shack Burger. Follow her on Twitter @sadlercheryl.