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tpigeon Jun 19, 2010 09:33 PM

Is very very good.

One complaint. No concrete Jungle? Are you crazy? The concrete jungle is their best concrete and is extremely popular in NYC.

Yes you can make one from the ingredients but this should be a mainstay on their menu. Plus they are not taking into account all the NYC visitors that will show up clamoring for a concrete jungle and the staff will have no idea what they are talking about, which is highly inefficient.

Other than that I have to say it is a great great burger. When I last had it in ny, they overcooked mine. This one was much better.

  1. netmover Aug 18, 2010 07:55 PM

    HI TP

    I finally tried their signature Concrete herein SOBE the Shark Attack? I think it's called ? Anyway, it's chocochoco overload for 7 bills...the Concrete Jungle sounds better.

    BTW, they opened a Shake Shack at the Track in Saratoga, NY this year. Blue Smoke is next door. Nicce..

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      tpigeon Jul 17, 2010 12:44 PM

      Forget the concretes, it is all about the peanut butter shake.

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        lax2mia Jul 17, 2010 08:10 PM

        I'll see that and raise you and say peanut butter malted! I can't walk by that place without getting one.

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          tpigeon Jul 17, 2010 11:13 PM

          I was going to try that next. Thanks lax.

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            LargeLife Jul 22, 2010 04:46 AM

            I ventured to Shake Shack on Miami Beach on Tuesday night and had a very solid experience. Went with the double shack burger, fries, rootbeer, shark attack concrete.

            Burger was quite good but no huge wow factor there as it wasn't humongous but big enough. Somewhat over-salted but better than no salt at all! Lettuce crisp, tomato ripe, no shortage of cheese. Crinkle cut fries were golden and delicious. Rootbeer very good but at $3.25 was way over priced. The Shark Attack Concrete was incredibly chocolatey with just the right amount of peanut butter and it was disgustingly delicious. I'm a big eater and while I could have downed it - - just too rich and too much as it's easily big enough for two to enjoy with room to spare.

            It's pricey but it's Lincoln Road and you're paying for parking too. But I liked the place - crushes 5 Guys and it's not close.

            EMac
            Ft. Pierce, FL

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              tpigeon Jul 23, 2010 01:14 AM

              Having had both the shark attack and the peanut butter shake, the peanut butter shake absolutely kills it. I can't wait to try the malted.

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                tpigeon Jul 24, 2010 11:45 AM

                I just tried the malted and I thought it was different but not better than the shake. However, that may have been an expectations bias (I did not have high expectations when I first tried the peanut butter shake and I had very high expectations for the malted). Next time I will order both in order to make the test more scientific.

                By the way, I think there is a world of difference between a regular cooked double shack and one cooked rare. I think the rare double shack burger is the best burger in town.

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                  lax2mia Jul 24, 2010 07:01 PM

                  Strayed a bit today and got the Fair Shake instead. Opposite of the peanut butter shake in that it's not overly sweet and it leaves you with a good coffee aftertaste. Probably as close to an adult shake as you can get without adding alcohol. Those looking for a shake that's less sweet I highly recommend it.
                  Today's lunch had everything perfect, the temp and doneness of the burger, the fries golden brown. Yet when I looked at other tables, and from past experiences, saw some fries still kinda limp and pale and and one mother not letting her young daughter finish her burger because it was close to rare. Think they gotta work on consistency a bit more.

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                    dietndesire Jul 25, 2010 03:02 PM

                    Hard pressed to cook those patties rare. Nigh impossible with Shack griddles. I think the general perception of the term has strayed quite far from the true definition. Either way, that mother does not know much if she is worried about that. And she is so concerned that she brings a small child out for fast food instead of controlling the food by cooking at home. Typical.
                    Of course, if a new, local meat supplier has been introduced(they were looking into it) there is something to worry about but that would be about taste and quality in addition to health concerns that arise from low quality meat. The dregs that is Florida food sourcing.
                    Not that anyone but myself would discontinue to patronize the Shack because of this issue.

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                    tpigeon Aug 21, 2010 01:46 PM

                    I have concluded the malted is better than the shake and is also easier to drink. You win Lax.

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                      tpigeon Sep 4, 2010 12:31 PM

                      I just had the peanut butter and jelly custard and it is the best thing they have there. Unfortunately, it is a special. You can get the leftover pints today. Truly spectacular.

        2. Blind Mind Jul 4, 2010 08:30 AM

          Ok, I upgraded to the double shack burger last night and that did the trick. I split fries again but barely ate any because I was full. The burger didn't seem as flavorful as I remembered the single being but it was filling and did the trick. I can certainly say, without a doubt, that the fries at this joint are the best damn fries around.

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            HabaneroJane Jul 5, 2010 12:41 PM

            Really on the fries? I found them to be a little flaccid. I am of the skinny fries school of FF, so the crinkles don't really do it for me. They remind me of my HS cafeteria. Best skinny fries in town could be at Morgans and other best fries could be the duck fat trio at Bourbon Steak

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            19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

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              Blind Mind Jul 5, 2010 05:51 PM

              Flaccid? I've only had them super crispy both times I've ordered. I have to admit.. I think Morgans fries suck. Big time. Those ridiculously skinny ones get cold way too fast. That and they have that weird batter-like coating on them. Fail. Bourbon Steak fries are badass, and yes, if we are talking standard skinny fries then those take the blue ribbon.

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              Bourbon Steak
              19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

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                mikek Jul 6, 2010 05:46 AM

                I am also a huge fan of whatever seasoning they put on the fries at Shake Shack.. really, really good and, every time I have had them, really crispy.

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                  HabaneroJane Jul 7, 2010 07:39 AM

                  You're right, BM: flaccid was the wrong choice of words. They were crispy but in a just out of the microwave, Ore-Ida kind of way. I will try them again though. I've had them twice and was clearly unimpressed both times. Will def. check them out again. Still havent had the hot dog either.

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                    Blind Mind Jul 7, 2010 11:00 AM

                    Something tells me if youre 0 for 2 on the fries there that your opinion probably isnt going to change. I think theyre fantastic though. Different strokes...

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                      lax2mia Jul 10, 2010 07:26 PM

                      Just goes to show you how opinions can differ or be completely aligned among the culinarily (sp) aware. I'm with with HJ. Ambivalent about Shake Shack's fries (though I've had worse), love Morgans fries (especially to sop up the chicken juices from the 1/2 chicken), and big fan of Bourbon Steak's trio. For basic fresh fries with no frills I'd throw in Buena Vista Bistro.
                      But back to Shake Shack. Big fail today was the chicken/sage Second City hot dog. First off, there's so many toppings that you can't get a good taste of the dog itself. Second, since the dog is split and grilled it gets a little dry and tough. Must be because of the leanness of the chicken because the beef dogs there have stayed juicy after grilling. Feeling kinda weird talking about grilled, tough, or juicy dogs but had to warn the public!

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                      Bourbon Steak
                      19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

                      Buena Vista Bistro
                      4582 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

            2. Frodnesor Jun 24, 2010 05:27 AM

              I am clearly late to the game, having gotten there a full day after the official opening. It was a good burger: simple prep and presentation, properly seasoned, I liked that it was cooked to a perfect medium with a hint of pink. I did like the crinkly fries, and should have skipped cheese on them. I thought the "Shark Attack" concrete was cloying and overly sweet. Overall a decent value for the quality ($4.75 for a 4oz. single "ShackBurger" with cheese, lettuce & tomato) but I wouldn't wait in line an hour for it - and didn't have to, there were pretty much no lines at 7pm yesterday, though it did take about 10 minutes to get the order out.

              More thoughts here ->
              http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

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                tpigeon Jun 24, 2010 10:17 PM

                the double is better than the single but it should not change your overall opinion too much. It is funny they kept the shack (shark) attack but ditched the jungle which is superior.

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                  sobeiam Jun 27, 2010 12:42 PM

                  I've eaten at several of Danny Meyer's restaurants, all very good, but avoided Shake Shack as long as I lived in NYC because whenever I thought of it it was mealtime, meaning huge waits on line. I finally got around to trying a shake, that's all I wanted and is all I ever wanted from Shake Shack when I lived in NYC, and must say it was very good. I had the Fair Trade Vanilla - thick, not too sweet, Very good. I had an order of fries on the side. I know, heart attack city, but while the fries were good they were nothing really to write home about. I prefer the fries at Five Guys. I will head over again to try the hamburger soon. Unless, of course, there's a line. Then I won't wait.

                  Also, regarding McDonald's hamburgers. I had no idea and have looked online to be surprised by the fact that one reason McDonald's buys some of its meat overseas is that American beef is TOO fatty!! I don't know for sure if this is true but interesting starting point for more research.

                  1. re: sobeiam
                    The Chowhound Team Jun 27, 2010 09:24 PM

                    Folks-

                    Frodnessor's reply relating to the source of McDonald's beef has been moved to the Chains board, here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/716927

                2. re: Frodnesor
                  Blind Mind Jun 29, 2010 07:37 AM

                  I dont like the design of the place. Using the entire wall for the menu (which lists names of stuff but no description) was a waste of space, IMO. It results in the ordering line being crammed off to the side. When we approached the counter we were the only ones in line. Yet, with a team of about 15 people behind the counter, no one acknowledged us. It was awkward. Even a dude came up, punched something into the register, then walked away without even making eye contact. I'm standing there a good 5 minutes before I finally get to order. Again, awkward. Got the single shack burger and my buddy got the regular cheeseburger. We split fries and each got a brooklyn brew which is a fantastic beer and could be a new summer favorite for me. Order came to $22, with $10.50 coming from the beers. Though ordering was awkward, the order came up in about 4-5 minutes.

                  Tasty burger, much like I remembered from having one in NYC. I still think B&BJ is better. I liked the shack sauce though and the patty was flavorful. I usually dont get burgers with lettuce/tomato/onion unless I'm at In N' Out but I figured this one was similar, went with it, and it was good that way. I might have to go back on my "good value" comment though. The single burger just isnt filling at all and doesnt seem like a 1/4lb burger. Without fries or going double, I'd be starving. It's a pretty good burger nonetheless. The fries were pretty effin awesome and a large portion.

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                    ddoonie Jun 30, 2010 05:59 AM

                    I've been a few times and must agree overall. The single burger was not quite filling enough, but was very tasty as well as the fries. One tip for locals, not sure how long it will be in effect, but you can get a free small cup of frozen custard showing your ID. I've done it 3 times now, and asked an employee. As far as they knew, it was an 'indefinite' practice.

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                      mikek Jun 30, 2010 07:15 AM

                      I thought the dog was much more filling, price was right on and left more room for the concrete and fries!

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                        HabaneroJane Jun 30, 2010 11:27 AM

                        they can keep their "concretes". The one I had was tasteless. The black and white. Yuck. Still have yet to try the dog, but had the single shack burger again, and you are all right> it's like chinese food. less than a half hour later i was starving. and i am less than 110 lbs. If i keep eating these mediocre burgers, I will surely be bigger!

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                        non sequitur Jul 17, 2010 07:16 PM

                        I've just seen the next chipotle!
                        I have no idea where ddoonie heard about the free custard, but thanks for that tip, which saved me $7 on 2 cups of blueberry, which is Saturdays flavor (would love to try Tuesdays: sweet corn).
                        2 burgers, one concrete, one dog, 2 custards and fries for about $21 on lincoln!

                  2. The Chowfather Jun 20, 2010 07:35 PM

                    For some reason (hype maybe??) I was prepared to be underwhelmed and leave disappointed but I really enjoyed my first shack burger. It was a tasty burger... I also liked the "fair shake" (vanilla shake spun with coffee) Looking forward to heading back to try a dog and a concrete plus some more burgers

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                      HabaneroJane Jun 21, 2010 10:16 AM

                      The hype seems to have died down. I went past it on Saturday night at around 930/10 and it was dead.

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                        lax2mia Jun 21, 2010 11:17 AM

                        I think they closed at 8:00 all last week (including Saturday). Non-soft opening hours begin tomorrow.

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                          HabaneroJane Jun 21, 2010 11:58 AM

                          that would explain it!

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                      southocean Jun 20, 2010 05:45 PM

                      From their website:

                      Concrete: Dense frozen custard blended at high speed with Shack-made mix-ins
                      Concrete Jungle: Concrete with hot fudge, bananas and peanut butter
                      Chicken Dog (Bird Dog): Usinger's smoked chicken and apple bratwurst
                      Burgers: Fresh steer burgers are ground daily, cooked medium and served plain unless otherwise requested

                      Ain't Google wonderful?

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                        mikek Jun 20, 2010 01:50 PM

                        Their chicken dog was really, really good. Love the butterflied cooking of it.

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                          HabaneroJane Jun 20, 2010 02:04 PM

                          i have to try that one! is it chicken sausage or some variety of such?

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                            mikek Jun 20, 2010 08:09 PM

                            Chicken and sage sausage. I believe it had big chunks of apple in it as well. REALLY good and served on a potato bun, which is the best vehicle for a hot dog.

                        2. lax2mia Jun 20, 2010 01:28 PM

                          Extremely popular in NYC = who gives a sh-t in MIA? :) We've got Key Lime! My burger was good as well. Funny thing though, for a place called Shake Shack, the burgers and concretes get tons of love yet the shakes barely get a mention. I'll vouch for the peanut butter malt, ridiculously good.

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                            HabaneroJane Jun 20, 2010 01:43 PM

                            it's glorified fast food. pretty good but I may like the big mac better. i had the black and white shake and it was bland. not a fan of crinkly fries, but these were pretty good.

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                              scscr Jun 20, 2010 03:27 PM

                              A Big Mac comparison? Why the hype? Can someone describe the burger for me....bun, type of meat, grilled or char-broiled, size, number of pattys, cook to order? etc....what is a "concrete"? Is that like animal style at "In n Out"? Obviously, I'm trying this burger sometime this week, but I'd like to know what I'm in for and what to order. How are the fries and onion rings? Is it five guys or burgers and beer? Thanks.

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                                HabaneroJane Jun 20, 2010 06:59 PM

                                cant wait to hear what you think. i dont think they do onion rings. only fries and cheese fries.

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                                  secretc Jun 21, 2010 02:49 PM

                                  It's a very simple, plain burger, but made out of meat that apparently comes from perhaps a single or just a few cows, as opposed to the Big Mac, where you are eating a lot of soy and several thousand cows. It's very good burgerstand food, not overplayed, and you don't need Maalox after.

                                  I ate their three times during preview week-- and I haven't eaten a burger since I was last in New York in February.

                                  Also, for Lincoln Road, where terrible food comes with an insane price tag, it's the single cheapest meal imaginable. During preview weeks, we got out of there for $21 for two once and $12.50 for two another time.

                                  For those who've eaten at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, the fries, custard and burgers here in Miami Beach, during preview week, are all eerily consistent--to the point of being identical!--in flavor, shape and feel.

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                                    Frodnesor Jun 21, 2010 03:19 PM

                                    "It's a very simple, plain burger, but made out of meat that apparently comes from perhaps a single or just a few cows, as opposed to the Big Mac, where you are eating a lot of soy and several thousand cows."

                                    Um, what?

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                                      talos126 Jun 22, 2010 09:39 AM

                                      A burger made out of several thousand cows sounds deliciously large.

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                                      Alfred G Jun 22, 2010 10:17 PM

                                      Secretc: You should check your facts before you make ludicrous statements, ie; "several thousand cows" and "eating a lot of soy". I am not a fan of McDonald's but a simple check of their website would advise you of the following ingredients in a Big Mac, "100% Beef Patty, Big Mac Bun, Pasteurized Process American Cheese, Big Mac Sauce, Lettuce, Pickle Slices, Onions". No soy in sight.

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                                        HDB107 Jun 24, 2010 11:09 AM

                                        Not necessarily true. If you look at the alergen listings at McD or any other fast food, they usually have "Soy" or "TVP (textured vegetable protein)" added to their bugers. That being said, the source material for the SS Burgers is obviously a higher quality meat, coming from a small, independently owned packing house.

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                                          Frodnesor Jun 24, 2010 02:24 PM

                                          An apologist for McDonalds is about the last thing I ever thought I'd be, but the information on their website is pretty unequivocal:

                                          The ingredient list for the burger is: "100% pure USDA inspected beef; no fillers, no extenders. Prepared with grill seasoning (salt, black pepper)."

                                          Elsewhere it says: "We don’t use any binding ingredients. Our burger patties are made from 100% pure beef, with no binders or fillers."

                                          The bun, cheese and sauce contain soy lecithin (an emulsifier) and "vegetable protein," but not the burger.

                                          Of course it still tastes like shite.

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                                            secretc Jul 3, 2010 01:01 PM

                                            Seriously. I take all your opinions pretty seriously and I love this as a resource but I'm concerned about the pro-McDonald's element! :)

                                            But yes, commercial ground beef is made of lots and lots of cows. This is then treated with ammonia, to extinguish the bacteria. McDonald's purchases its beef through a company with the hilarious name of "Beef Products." Also "Burger King uses a 'small percentage' of Beef Products Inc.'s beef trimmings in its U.S. hamburgers and does not plan to change that." (<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wirest...).

                                            IN ANY EVENT Shake Shack burgers are pretty good!

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                                  ldianah Jul 24, 2010 08:04 AM

                                  I love peanut butter and malt. Never would have put them together. Will definitely have to try that one.

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                                  scscr Jun 20, 2010 05:18 AM

                                  For those of us that are not NYCphiles, can you please describe the burger and the attraction of this new spot? Thanks.

                                  1. CFByrne Jun 20, 2010 04:29 AM

                                    1111 Lincoln Road near Lenox.

                                    http://shakeshacknyc.com/

                                    Website says opening Tuesday 6/22 but I guess they are early.

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