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Steak 'n Shake....what's the good word?

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The hamburgers are pretty good, but you have to get a triple to taste the meat. Not wild about the skinny fries and baked beans. Prices seem high to me. What else is good there??

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  1. I like the chili and the chili mac (3-way or 4-way). True to their name, they've got good shakes. You can get 2 flavors in one shake too.

    1. after years of hearing about how great it was, i just wasn't that into it.

      1. I lived in the mid-west for several years, and got to love them. Now that I'm back home on the east coast, I guess I'm glad they're not out here..I'd weigh 500 pounds if they were! I think they are head and shoulders above any of the fast-food burger places.

        1. hit and miss by location, some are good, and clean, and some are filthy with bad food. Like alot of chains I guess.

          Thge burgers are decent, and I like the milkshakes at the good locations.

          I figure pretty much anything is better than McDonalds(my McD's boycott is going on 8 months, and I dont miss their horrible food), BK, and Wendy's.

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          1. re: swsidejim

            agree totally with the "hit and miss by location"

            in more affluent cities, it seems like the steak and shakes are sub-par to downright dangerous (can you say 7 critical violations resulting in closure)

            in less affluent cities, they are good, if not at the top, of the fast food chains

          2. I've only been to a couple of locations (one in IL and one in KC) but both were pretty nasty in regards to cleanliness. The burgers were alright, nothing spectacular and the skinny fries were perhaps the worst fried food I have ever consumed. The shakes do rock, though. Overall, it's not very high on my list of places to eat, I'd easily hit McDs up over Steak & Shake.

            1. Baked Beans is one of the few foods that I don't eat, burgers and shakes, I've cut back on in my old age. Back in college I would occasionally get a shake at the S&S near me which was open 24 hours. I remember as being rather good, so to answer your question I'd say the shakes are good there.

              1. This is a road-trip stop for me -- I like their food compared to other chains, and my go-to meal is the grilled cheese platter. All of their platters allow you to pick two sides. I like their fries and love their honey mustard dressing on the side salad (a little touch of horseradish in there, maybe?). Strawberry shakes, yum. That's about it...

                1. I like the Chili Mac with cheese and the Frisco Melt.

                  I also think they're pretty expensive...

                  1. They used to be great, when the decor was black 'n white; for the whack-o menu phraseology, and especially, the action at the grill.

                    It was the slap of the spatulas on the "puck" burgers, turning the meat into "thin films", and the sliding of the bun boards down the line to the burger dressers. Then, it modernized. "Plasticised" would be a better term. Now, it's overpriced, so-so fast food.
                    The Branson, MO S&S isn't bad. The North Little Rock store closed after a few years. I didn't feel any loss by that time.

                    1. I'm a fan of the Frisco Melt - but it is pretty greasy so I don't indulge often. The fries are so-so, but the shakes are pretty good.

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                      1. re: Sunshine17

                        I tried my first Frisco Melt this past week. It was also my first induction into eating at a Steak n Shake. What is the deal with the obscene amounts of grease that pour off that burger? I have never ever had a burger before that contained so much grease in my entire life. The burger could have been good if I wasn't so disgusted by ingesting copious amounts of oil at the same time. Oh, and in my opinion, the fries are not worth getting again.

                      2. I like chili-blue cheese-burgers, so I order a double burger platter with a cup of chili, a salad with bluecheese dressing on the side, and just onions on the burger. and I request the salad first with the chili and the burger at the same time.

                        I eat the salad, saving some of the dressing - then I open the burger, pour on it the chili and the leftover dressing - kind of a do-it-yourself thing ;)

                        1. no, no! the best thing is the frisco melt. its got cheese in the form of swiss and (i dont know) american? and theres the "frisco" (french dressing) sauce, and smushy oily goodness of the burgers.. all on griddled bread. its fantastic. when i felt like being healthy i would get the chicken melt... which had grilled chicken, bacon, tomato, swiss, and the frisco sauce.

                          and you have to get the baked beans (yum) and the cheese fries on the side. the fries are thin, crunchy, golden, delicious. and the cheese sauce is fabulously cheesy and a little fake. but great.

                          and if youre in springfield illinois you have to have the ponyshoe or the horseshoe... toast, hamburger patty, fries, smothered in cheese sauce.

                          i love steak n shake.

                          1. Overall I find that Steak n Shake delivers neither a good steak (hamburger) or even a shake. I would strongly discourage anyone from trying it out for the first time.

                            Oberwiess by far has the best shakes - I can say that Oberwiess may have one of the best shakes by any chain in this country.

                            Steaks (hamburgers) - long discussion.