Shake Shack: I am shook

Cue the Confetti: a new Shake Shack opened its doors for the first time in Westlake on Tuesday, Oct. 23, after making their way from coast to coast in 2016. Starting as a small stand in Madison Square Park in 2001, this fast food giant has grown immensely. Now that a location was in my own backdoor, it seemed only reasonable to try out the renowned fast food chain myself.

Approaching the franchise’s new location, all that can be said is that it isn’t ideal. In the far back of the Promenade in Westlake, most casual shoppers would miss it entirely, and pulling up myself, I had to check my phone to make sure I was in the right place. Despite this, however, the building itself was nice, with ample outdoor seating and large glass windows. This definitely does not look like your typical burger joint. Then again, Westlake is pretty darn boujee.

The inside of the establishment is beyond nice too, with an open floor plan and booth seating. Along the right wall are self-ordering stations on IPads, a defining factor of new high end franchises. There is a bit of a vintage vibe too with tables made of old New York wood, but still the place is a bit posh for my taste. To each their own style though, do not let my opinion stop you.

Especially because the food ended up being absolutely scrumptious! I Picked up my food after receiving a notification on my phone, and the aroma was enticing. My order was to-go, but I definitely couldn’t help but eat some of the squiggly fries in the car. The order: a shack burger for myself.

Once I reached a place where I could sit down and eat, I dug into my burger. Unfortunately my first bite didn’t have any of the Shacksauce in it. This left me initially disappointed.

But the second bite.


As Gucci Mane once said, “If a man does not have sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can get lost in the sauce.” I definitely got lost in the sauce. The explosion of flavor that met my tongue opened my third eye.

I would give them a rating but they broke my scale. On a scale of 1/10 with 6 being the maximum I’d give it a fish.

Overall, the food was delicious, but the distance is quite a problem. Driving to Westlake on a consistent basis is a bit much for me, but if you are ever in the area and want to stop for a bite to eat, the new Shake Shack is a great place to stop.

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