I’ve just returned from a long weekend in D.C. for the fourth of July and I had a wonderful time. I’ve been to D.C. twice in the past year, but I still haven’t seen half of the sites. I guess that means I have to continue to visit. There’s something special about being in D.C. for Independence Day. There’s an extra excitement in the air and everyone is dressed in his or her tackiest American gear (see my friends and I below).
We woke up early and went into the city to watch a dramatic reading of The Declaration of Independence (more interesting than you would expect) and to watch the parade. After a while, the sun was getting to us and we were hungry so we decided to visit Shake Shack. Shack Shack has been on my list for a while but I can’t remember how I heard about the restaurant. Maybe it was Top Chef?
There are three Shack Shack restaurants in the city, but the location closest to the Mall is on F Street. There isn’t a lot of seating so if you go during a busy time prepare to get your meal to go and sit on the sidewalk.
For my inaugural Shake Shack meal I chose the signature ShackBurger, fries, and the Beltway Blonde Concrete. It was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had and they were a good size too. Every Shack burger comes topped with a tangy mayonnaise sauce, and the burger buns aren’t sliced all the way to the bottom so that none of the sauce or toppings spills out. I love those kinds of details.
Each Shake Shack location has two or three signature concretes (custard with random toppings) that represent the city the restaurant is located. I had the Beltway Blonde that represents Interstate 495, which surrounds the city. It had cheesecake blondie pieces, salted caramel sauce, and bananas mixed with vanilla custard. I swoon; I crave this dessert now that I’m back in Cincy. If you’re not a fan of the signature concretes you can create your own using a variety of mix ins such as marshmallow sauce and chocolate truffle cookie dough.
All the hype surrounding Shake Shake is real! Too bad they’re all so far away.
Check out the Shake Shack menu here, and look at the other locations to see if there is a location where you are visiting. They are in NYC, Florida, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Burgers, fries, fireworks, a thoroughly American fourth of July. Oh, I also went back another day to get the seasonal blueberry lemonade, divine.