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Burger Wars: Shake Shack NYC Review

Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook does not imagine that she will emerge from this entry in the burger wars unscathed. For the past year or so, I’ve been sampling the wares of the various high-end fast burger joints. I’ve been to Five Guys, In-N-Out Burger, and now Shake Shack.

The Practical Cooks Junior at Work: Shake Shack Reviewing

The Practical Cooks Junior at Work: Shake Shack Reviewing

Thankfully I brought my favorite team of critics, The Practical Cooks Junior, to back me up. It was a very hot day in New York, and we’d been running hard. Shake Shack near the Museum of Natural History was crowded. All this background to say, we didn’t love it. Not one of us.

The SmokeShack and Fries: Shake Shack

The SmokeShack and Fries: Shake Shack

The fries were pretty good when they were hot. We got them plain, sans cheese sauce. I got the SmokeShack because, well, bacon. The Eldest got a plain burger, and the Youngest got a hot dog. We got a vanilla shake and a peanut butter one for good measure.

Everything was okay, but not great. We ended up having to eat outside, so heat was a factor, but it just wasn’t memorable. We even ended up tossing some of the peanut butter milkshake, which borders on sin for me, but it just wasn’t doing it for us. In-N-Out’s chocolate shake is better, in my opinion, and Five Guys fries are my fave of the three. As for burgers, I’m voting for In-N-Out Animal Style.

Fries, Chocolate Shake, and Cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger

Fries, Chocolate Shake, and Cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger

Native New Yorkers tell me that Shake Shack isn’t the great institution it once was, and it is certainly far better than the golden arches. However, I had a burger last week at G2B Pub, a local joint, and it’s hard to think about other burgers now. Since I have genetically crappy cholesterol (looking at you TPC’s Mom), I can’t eat endless burgers, and I want to love the ones I eat. Shake Shack is a pass for me.

Meet my new BFF: burger from G2B Pub with sweet potato fries

Meet my new BFF: burger from G2B Pub with sweet potato fries

Okay Gentle Readers, that’s my final round-up in the burger wars. Hit me with your best shot. What’s your favorite? Agree or disagree with my take on the big three? Post a comment below, or Tweet at me with #burgerwars as your tag.

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In-N-Out Burger: More Adventures in Eating (with video)

Oh Gentle Readers, I can already feel the backlash. But the Practical Cook does not shy away from controversy. Hot on the heels of the post about picky vs. snobby eating comes the first less-than-positive review of a meal out. In the dark of night, I went to In-N-Out Burger. I didn’t have the revelatory experience I expected.

The Glowing Promise of Deliciousness

The Glowing Promise of Deliciousness

This was not a time to count calories, so I ordered a cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate shake. I got the cheeseburger with onions, but didn’t order off the “secret” menu (aka, no double-double or animal style). Here’s the resulting order:

Fries, Chocolate Shake, and Cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger

Fries, Chocolate Shake, and Cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger

The food was fresh, and the fries were good when they were not, but not over the top great. The chocolate shake was tasty. The burger was average at best. Yes, I said it. It was thin, so much so that it was crunchy to nonexistent in some spots, and the onion overwhelmed it. The bun was fluffy and soft.

Video Review:

Full confession: The Practical Cook is not a huge fan or connoisseur of fast food. She is unwilling to spend her calories, cholesterol, or cash on the stuff when something more interesting is available. It really has been years since I’ve eaten anything under golden arches, so perhaps I just lack the skills to taste this properly. Let the record show I dearly love burgers and fries, just not these.

Early polling has drawn some fire on this subject, so let’s hear it from you Gentle Readers. How do you feel about In-N-Out, or fast food in general? Post a comment below, or join the Twitter debate.

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