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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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How to Throw a Milkshake Party

Gentle Readers, there are few things that are as much fun for kids as slurping milkshakes through a straw. Fine, The Practical Cook admits openly to being one of those kids (having just consumed the Salty Peanut Butter with Roasted Banana Milkshake at Chuck’s in Raleigh). What better way to reward a classroom full of good behavior?

Hello delicious Salty Peanut Butter Roasted Banana Milkshake.

Hello delicious Salty Peanut Butter Roasted Banana Milkshake.

How to Throw a Milkshake Party

1. When in doubt, buy the bucket.There was a moment in the grocery store when I doubted the amount of ice cream that would be needed to feed 24 kids milkshakes. Waste not want not and all that. Counseled by a more experienced parent, the answer is the bucket. Thanks Cpt Cranky.

Milk makes milkshakes blend quickly and easily!

Milk makes milkshakes blend quickly and easily!

2. Milk is key. If you don’t want blenders blowing up, pour the milk in first, and be generous with it on the top, too.

3. Many blenders make light work. This was a 3-blender party. Make sure to ask other people to bring one, especially if you’re doing volume or multiple flavors.

Straws, napkins, options. Milkshake party in the house!

Straws, napkins, options. Milkshake party in the house!

4. Straws are not optional. Really, the point here is the straw. Small cups are fine, you can do refills, but even though there was some milkshake as blowgun action, straws are a must.

5. Flavors are endless. For this party, it was chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. But peanut butter and banana is simple and delish, as would be any frozen fruit combo. Add some Halloween candy and call it a blizzard.

Plus, nothing wins points more than showing up with a bucket of ice cream and a blender.

What are your favorite milkshake flavors? Post a comment below, or Tweet!

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