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Shake Shack Recommendations

So after living in Manhattan for about 2 years now and only a short walk to Shake Shack I finally tried it out recently. When I discover a new, quick place I like I tend to obsess over it for a while, wanting to try out nearly everything or at least the most talked about items.

My first order was...

Single Shack Burger
Cheese Fries
Concrete Jungle

My second order was...

Double Stack
Cup of Flan Custard

My question is for those who know this place much better than I, what else is highly recommended? Specifically interested in the special custard flavors since they only seem to be monthly. If I miss a special flavor one month how often do they bring them back around? I'm curious cause it seems today is my last day to get the salted caramel and I've read good things about it. I've also never had a Chicago style hot dog, so how do theirs stack up?

I feel like I just got fatter just from writing all that.

Thank you from my first post! :)

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  1. The Chicago-style hot dogs are pretty good, though texturally they're a bit off. A real hot dog with all the fixins should be the snap of the hot dog giving way to the juicy and tart pleasure of biting into a pickle and tomato quarter followed by the sweetness and spice of the relish and sport peppers.

    Shake Shack uses fine slices and dices that rob the hot dog of its variety (and they could shake on a little more celery salt), but they at least have the basic premise right. The flavors are there as is the all-important snap of a garlicky Vienna Beef hot dog. For what it's worth I get the hot dog probably half the time I visit.

    1. I had the salted caramel custard last week. It was very good. It did leave me thirsty though. :) I've also had a vanilla with peanut butter and chocolate chunks swirled into it but I forget what that special was called.

      I always order the 'Shroom Burger. Love them. They will probably kill me with all that fat but they are just so good.

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      1. re: LNG212

        What you had was the Concrete Jungle, the same custard I had the first time, a permanent on their menu. I didn't understand until last time I went that you can get the special flavors with any of the shake or custard options.

      2. I usually get a Shack burger, because the other ones seem off balance for me and I love the Shack sauce. I'm not a huge fan of their fries but I usually get them and split with someone else, leaving room for custard afterwards. The concretes really seem like overkill (too much going on, too big) if you're already getting a burger and fries! Maybe you have a huge appetite? The cheese fries get too soggy too quickly for me, although, if you ask, they can put the sauce on the side.

        > Specifically interested in the special custard flavors since they only seem to be monthly. If I miss a special flavor one month how often do they bring them back around?

        Not that often, sadly. Sometimes it can take several months.

        > I've also never had a Chicago style hot dog, so how do theirs stack up?

        I thought they were good, but friends from Chicago pointed out that they got a few too many details wrong (too much mustard, relish not sweet enough, relish too finely diced, relish also too wet, dill pickle spear AND a cucumber spear seemed off to them).

        1. Actually, the relish on the Chicago dog is SO much better that the one from Chicago which is sickly sweet and a sickening green, chock full of weird food dyes and other yucky stuff. I can see where the traditionalists are coming from but the Shake Shack folks got it just right by me!

          1. Just got back from my third trip...

            Shack-cago Dog
            Cup of Salted Caramel

            I dunno why but to me it tasted just like the Flan I had there yesterday, could they have ran out of the Salted Caramel and just getting rid of the leftover Flan from yesterday or is my palette just not that good? I really enjoyed the Shack-cago Dog :)

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            1. re: morninghurts

              Interesting. I think I did notice them making the salty caramel less salty. Also sometimes they have flavors that just don't really taste like the advertised ingredient. Like I've had pancake custard that tasted really like yellow cake batter, and something like ginger-rhubarb where you couldn't really taste the rhubarb, or the coffee and donuts, which seemed more like coffee-flavored ice cream with donut bits in it, as opposed to donut-flavored ice cream. So not every flavor is a home run but they're usually pretty tasty.