Which fast food outlets have vanilla milkshakes that actually go beyond "boring, plain, and unexciting?" We picked nine nationwide chains, put our waistlines on the line, and braved the worst case of brain freeze in recorded history to find out. Here are our favorites.
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Steak 'n Shake's new Pepperoni Pizza Steakburger is the most promising burger/pizza hybrid we've seen in recent history.
Steak 'N Shake's three new "Shooters" (mini burgers) are some of the most savory, spicy burgers I've ever tasted from a fast food chain.
Roger Ebert had a deep affinity for Steak n' Shake—he said it's where he'd request his last meal if he were on Death Row and where he'd bring President Obama and his family for dinner if he had the choice. Read his 2009 tribute to Steak 'n Shake, "Car, Table, Counter, or TakHomaSak®," if you haven't already.
If you're craving a seven-patty cheeseburger between midnight and 6 a.m., then Steak 'n Shake has you covered with their new AllNighter menu.
Our favorite fast food burgers—which we defined as burgers you can order at a counter or drive-thru—include good old McDonald's, fast casual SmashBurger, lots of In-N-Out, and more. What are your favorite fast food burgers?
As usual I experienced so much serious deliciousness this year, so when Max asked me to come up with a list of my favorite must-eats, I found it excruciatingly difficult to limit myself to the usual ten, so I didn't.
Steak 'n Shake has a new Southwest inspired burger, topped with Monterey Jack cheese, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, crispy red tortilla strips, and a healthy gob of guacamole ranch sauce. You should try it.
Steak 'n Shake recently released a trio of new shakes for the holiday season: egg nog, white chocolate, and peppermint chocolate chip. We tried them all. Though these shakes don't make quite the same impression as in the beauty shot, they are some pretty excellent milkshakes.
Steak 'n Shake's Oktoberfet Burger certainly wasn't bad, but it was one in which balance was sacrificed at the altar of the gimmick.
If you're a fan of Steak 'n Shake's "steakburgers," there's nothing really wrong with this seasonal LTO, but there's nothing really right with it, either. Salsa, mayo, jalapeños, and fried onions meld together into one generic amalgamation of stuff, with no one ingredient all that discernible from the others.
If you were wondering who was first in line at the new Steak 'n Shake in New York City to take advantage of their free year of burgers giveaway, there's a nice piece in The New Yorker, "Bright Lights, Cheap Burgers," following the state of the line from the day before opening—the line started to form at 4:30 p.m.—until the next day's opening at 10 a.m. At the front of the line were four students from King's College, followed by two ultra-marathon runners.
The tourist hell of Midtown has a new eatery that's actual worth heading to. Here's a look at NYC's new Steak 'n Shake with behind-the-scenes photos showing how the burgers are made.
Midwest burger chain Steak 'n Shake is opening its first location, called Steak 'n Shake Signature, in New York City this Thursday, January 12, at 1695 Broadway (at 53rd Street, next to the Ed Sullivan Theater; map). Different from most Steak 'n Shakes, the Signature version is smaller, features counter-service instead of table service, and is open from 10 a.m. to midnight instead of 24 hours a day. Menu prices are the same as elsewhere. New additions to the New York menu (viewable here) are a six-ounce Signature Steakburger made with organic beef and beer and wine.
Steak 'n Shake's newest item, the Royale Steakburger, commands respect. The regal burger is topped with two steak patties (made from T-bone, sirloin, and round steak), American cheese, bacon, and a fried egg.
I never would have anticipated the profundity of my first Steak 'N Shake experience. The chain's name is derived from its two principal menu items: burgers made—then, as now—from ground round, sirloin, and T-bone; and hand-dipped milkshakes. Three quarters of a century later the chain has more than 500 locations in 22 states and continues to serve burgers using the "smash" technique, which dates back to the origins of the hamburger itself. A Steakburger—primal in architecture and elemental in its preparation—captures the essence and the spirit of the hamburger more than any other that I have had.
Steak 'n Shake is pretty hard to forget. [Flickr: Nick Solares] What if you could never eat again, but could remember, bite by bite, slurp by slurp, meals of the past? Roger Ebert writes a beautiful piece in the Chicago Sun-Times about his inability to eat and drink after multiple surgeries. He stopped feeling hungry or thirsty, but instead of focusing on his loss, started remembering vivid eating memories: Yet I could if I wanted to right now close my eyes and re-experience an entire meal at Steak 'n Shake, bite by bite in proper sequence, because I always ordered the same items and ate them according to the same ritual. It is there for me...Another surprising area for...
[Flickr: nicktripp] I've been interested in trying restaurant chain Steak 'N Shake every since reading George Motz's praise for their burger (with other Steak 'N Shake enthusiasts including Roger Ebert, Josh Ozersky, and Kevin Pang). But the chain is...
Photograph from Tim Psych on Flickr Happy 75th Anniversary to burger-centric chain Steak 'n Shake! In honor of their anniversary, their Georgia locations will be selling single Steakburgers for only 15¢ tomorrow morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m....