Words and Photos by The Trio
After a long month of being apart, The Trio was finally able to reunite this week at the newest location of the world-renowned burger chain, Shake Shack. It felt like a sort of homecoming for the three, as one of of their first ever lunches together was at the Harvard Square location. And even before that, Marisa and Amanda, both lifelong Mets fans (unfortunate, we know), have happy memories connected to the burger joint from their days at Shea Stadium and CitiField.
The monstrous success of Shake Shack has humble beginnings. It all started with a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, Manhattan to support the MSP Conservancy’s first art installation. In 2004, it opened its first permanent location in the Park. Today, the modern “roadside” burger stand has many locations all over the world, serving its classically delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custards, shakes, and more. Lucky for us, Shake Shack decided to open up its newest location on Newbury Street, right around the corner from BU's campus. It was here that The Trio got to relive their glory days.
They arrived at the Shack around four o’clock on Saturday afternoon, expecting to squeeze in between the lunch and dinner crowds. Boy were they wrong. Despite the off-time, Shake Shack was still filled to the brim and when Amanda and Jordan arrived (another week, another MBTA horror story for Marisa), they had to fight to get a table (literally- Jordan actually got pushed by an old lady). Finally, their vigilance paid off and they put their stuff down at a table fashioned out of wood upcycled from a bowling alley in Brooklyn. On to the next order of business: their orders.
For Marisa: ShackBurger and a Back Bay Blend concrete
For Jordan: ShackBurger, fries, and a chocolate milkshake
For Amanda: 'Shroom Burger, fries, and a Mast Brothers Chocolate Mint Milkshake
The grub was as good as they remembered. The freshly ground, 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers were juicy and savory. Marisa and Jordan were pleased to see that the meat was still slightly pink on the inside, rather than being overcooked like many other fast food burgers. The classic combination with lettuce, tomato, and Shake Shack’s signature ShackSauce on a buttered, griddled Martin’s Potato Bun made for a truly outrageous burger.
Although a bona-fide burger enthusiast, Amanda went with the vegetarian option (since she traded her carnivorous ways for the pescatarian life for Lent this year). The 'Shroom Burger is a crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheeses, topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce. She wasn’t sure what to expect, but a quote by Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer put her at ease: "We struggled to find a non-meat item. My mandate to us was that it’s only going to go on the menu if you would crave it even if you were not a vegetarian." Amanda can certainly verify the truth of that statement. One bite of the crispy, fried exterior mixed with the gooeyness of the cheese and mushroom interior made her contemplate never ordering another beef burger again.
Of course, the Trio couldn't not order the legendary Shake Shack custard desserts. On a busy summer day (much unlike the day The Trio went on), the original Madison Square Park location sells over 150 pounds of the stuff a day (which naturally leads to a huge line-- you can actually check how long the line is at any given time on the Shack Cam, found on Shake Shack's website). Jordan went with a chocolate milkshake, a classic that was executed perfectly. Amanda put a twist on this by sampling the Shake of the Week, The Mast Brothers Chocolate Mint. Forever lusting over Mast Brothers chocolate (so expensive) and their beautiful cookbook (also expensive), Amanda was thrilled to try this flavor out. Deliciously chocolatey with just a subtle hint of mint, it really hit the spot.
Each Shake Shack has its own signature concretes that can only be found at that location. The Newbury Shack's unique offerings include the NewBERRY, Back Bay Blend, and Whoopie Pie Oh My concretes. Marisa had to indulge and go for the Back Bay Blend concrete, which consisted of creamy chocolate custard mixed with peanut butter sauce, chocolate toffee, and chocolate sprinkles. Being the chocolate and peanut butter addict that she is, one spoonful convinced her that Shake Shack could not have fashioned a more perfect concrete for her liking or for that location.
The Trio’s verdict on Shake Shack Newbury? It shook our world.
234-236 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02216