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East Boca on Glades rd by PF Changes across from FAU

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  1. As in now open? I am working this Saturday so maybe I might drop in there.

    1. I doubt this is happening any time imminently. The website says Spring 2013.

      And boots-on-the-ground live coverage from the actual site last month (!) shows barely it breaking ground...

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866860

      > Jan 7, 2013 08:44 AM

      > "Progress continues on the coming Boca Raton location... Just east of PF Changs on East Glades Rd."

       
      1. I read somewhere it is opening in May.

        1. "Now Hiring"!

          April opening perhaps?

          And hopefully it will not be $61 for a burger. :-)

          (The building looks much better than in this awful drive-by photo).

           
          1. Those are some consistently good burgers. For me, they're worth the extra couple bucks to get them cooked to order on a bun that doesn't taste like stale Wonder Bread. Some folks like to hate on the fries, but after having endured so many "hand cut fries" where the fryer didn't know WTF they were doing, I'll stick with their krinkle cuts which have always been perfectly crispy, moist inside, and potato-ey, not dripping with tons of grease.

            1. Bon Appetit named Shake Shack as one of the 20 Most Important Restaurants in America. Hmmm

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              1. re: freakerdude

                Yeah that is a curious article. Shake Shack makes a pretty tasty burger, but important?... Hmmm indeed.

                I would think the most important restaurants would be McDonalds, Applebees, or some of the Darden chain restaurants. If they went out of business a tens of thousands of people would be out of work.

                Some of these foodies like the folks at Bon Appetit take themselves way too seriously.

              2. Nice addition to the area.

                1. ETA Saturday April 20.

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                  1. re: CFByrne

                    It is official...

                    "On Monday, April 22nd at 11:00AM our third Florida Shack will open in Boca Raton’s University Commons shopping center."

                    http://www.shakeshack.com/location/bo...

                    1. re: CFByrne

                      Confirmed, not that I have to confirm CFByrne's posts. Passed by Tuesday night and it was open.

                      1. re: Eatster

                        Just to clarify - it opens this coming Monday, Apr 22.

                        If they appeared to be open earlier, it was mock service or training.

                        This is confirmed from the GM.

                  2. Well...in the immortal words of Gordon Solie...."There you have it"......

                    At Myron Mixon's Pride & Joke BBQ.....they've been open for months...and still....(to my knowledge)....haven't had a Grand Opening......lol.....

                    Emac
                    Ft. Pierce,

                    1. Their website says Monday at 11 am for the opening.

                      http://www.shakeshack.com/location/bo...

                      1. Was there today. So overrated. Burger was tepid. Small---we had the double Shack Burger. Fries were like frozen from the supermarket. I don't quite understand the hype. Burger Fi is better. Space is great and service excellent. It will do very well regardless.

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                        1. re: HabaneroJane

                          I agree with your analysis. Went to the Miami Beach location shortly after the opening and was underwhelmed. Just another burger joint.

                          1. re: HabaneroJane

                            First time visit today.

                            Nice space, easy ordering and the buzzer system works without too long a wait at lunchtime.
                            Burgers - totally underwhelming, flavor average, bun, lettuce tomato mayo cheese and a flat burger. Fries were crispy but I can buy those in any freezer section.
                            The coffee milkshake was unbelievable, now that was worth the trip. It's very strong in terms of coffee and I would definitely get that again but for $12 a head the meal itself was not worth it. I personally prefer the burgers at FiveGuys.

                            1. re: smartie

                              I have to agree Smartie, though I'd lean towards Charm City over Five Guys...I just can't get used to the fact that Five Guys will not cook my burger medium rare.

                              The only saving grace, IMHO, for Shake Shack was indeed the fries. I only wish I was a shake kind of guy because I really wanted to like this place!

                              1. re: LiveRock

                                FYI, Shake Shake is switching from frozen crinkle cuts to fresh cut fries. At first, I was skeptical that they could pull it off, but they seem to be on the right track and frying them properly. Anyway, they couldn't be any worse than Five Guys fries. Nine out of ten times, they're a greasy, soggy, inedible mess.

                                http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2...

                            2. re: HabaneroJane

                              SS is rumored to be moving to fresh fries, but that won't do anything for your burger experience:
                              http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shorto...

                            3. There's one thing that so few understand....You only get one chance to make a first impression....And this day and age...consumers aren't quite as forgiving...and second chances don't come so easily......

                              El Corral....a south american-based burger chain opened in Doral....and this staff was in hell right from the get go....And I told the owner...who was running around like a chicken with his head cut off...."You only get 1 chance to make a first impression".....And "when you're trying to get someone to pay $15 for a burger, friends and a soda - - the whole experience has to be great".....And it wasn't.....

                              I've been to Shake Shack on Miami Beach....And I've been to the one in Coral Gables on 3 separate occasions...and each time was very good....and I loved the crinkle-cut fries.....

                              EMac
                              Ft. Pierce, FL

                              1. The fresh fries rumors were true...

                                http://www.shakeshack.com/2014/04/02/...

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                                1. re: CFByrne

                                  Noooo! I finally find a place that has fries just like the greasy spoon where I had my first patty melt (Walgreen's Lunch Counter) and now they're changing? I guess I'd better get over to my Shake Shack soon before they make the switch!

                                  1. re: LiveRock

                                    Shake Shack seems to be having around a 50% success rate with the fresh cut fries, which isn't surprising. It's not something you can teach someone in half an hour, which is why they invented frozen fries to begin with. Still, that's a better success rate than Five Guys and their "fresh cut" sticks of burnt, soggy grease.

                                    Most Chinese carryouts that have an "American" menu of subs & chicken wings also serve frozen crinkle cut fries. They're fried in the same oil they do shrimp/pork eggrolls, dumplings, and wontons and take on an etherial flavor you can't find anywhere else. Once you've had Chinese carryout frenchfries, everything else tastes like wax fruit.

                                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                                      I've been to the Paramus location several times in the past 3 months. It's near my office.

                                      Each time I've gone -- for my likes, tastes, etc. -- the fries have been very good. IMO, better than most others elsewhere. I don't get over-done, soggy, etc. -- they've been very good each and every time.

                                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                                        I had a side-by-side "preview" taste-test last night at the Boca Raton store, both right out of the fryer.

                                        They said the fresh cut should be "live" in about a week.

                                        I thought the fresh were significantly better than frozen, but not "great" by any means.

                                         
                                  2. I think Broward needs a Shake Shack, but whatever. I guess I'll take Trader Joe's over another restaurant even though Boca is getting a TJ's, too! :-)

                                    1. Am I missing something? I've been here twice now and don't see what the big deal is. :( The lines have gone down and they've actually changed their fries and now have fresh cut fries. Think it's a bit over priced as well.

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                                      1. re: FTLToday

                                        I'm with you. My burger was small with a grey patty that reminded me of public school lunch. It's better than McDonalds and the like. Maybe that's enough to drive in a large crowd.