I watched a segment on Nightline called Shake Shack Restaurateur Eliminates Tipping. As someone who despises tipping (see I’m Not Tipping Uber Either! and Tipping At The Cash Register: Are You Bleeping Kidding?), I rather enjoyed the segment. As someone who enjoys burgers (see Man Vs. Food: The 2 POUND Burger Eating Contest), I was curious about Shake Shack burgers that receive so much hype. I’ve tried 5 Guys and I’ve been to In-N-Out (both the American chain and the Mongolia replica) and still prefer the Home of the Whopper to both of them, especially in Bangkok.
Nevertheless, I thought I would give Shake Shack Scottsdale a try. The place was packed with couples on dates and families out for dinner. I ordered a Shake Stack (a cheeseburger) and a ‘shroom burger with lettuce, tomato, and ShakeSauce along with pitcher of Brooklyn Lager. Both were a mistake. First, a better way of judging the quality of burger would have been to get a plain hamburger. It also would have been much cheaper, $4.59 versus $9.59. Second, fast food and pricey beer don’t go to together. The total for this no-tip meal was $28.
The burger was good but hardly great and definitely not worth the price. Although I had plenty of beer leftover, I was still very hungry. Though I could have had another burger or three, I could not justify the cost. Tip or no tip, Shake Shack is another overhyped burger place that I will not visit again. I’m sure I’ll get grief for it but that’s just the way it is. Some things will never change.
Update: Against my better judgment, I returned one more time to Shake Shack just to be sure. I ordered everything. I stand by my initial opinion: overrated.