Friday 24 August 2012

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The Steak 'n Shake Revelation

I've always been one of "those" burger guys. We're not hard to find out on the West coast. If you bring up fast food or burgers in general, we'll start spouting off about the greatness that is In-N-Out Burgers. We can be quite a sanctimonious group, possibly inspired by the bible verses printed on the underside of our milkshake cups, and we're more than happy to tell those of you living in the eastern half of the U.S. just what you're missing out on (If we sense you're not jealous enough, we'll bring up the climate too. We're kind of jerks like that).

A wrong turn has changed all that. On our way up to the Radisson Oceanfront in Melbourne, we got caught in the wrong lane in a construction zone. Forced to take a right hand turn that we didn't need, we quickly swung into the nearest parking lot to turn around and found ourselves staring at this:

Now I've tried Steak 'n Shake before at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, but nobody else in the family was with me, so this seemed like a great opportunity to get some consensus that Steak 'n Shake was good, but it wasn't going to live up to In-N-Out standards.

Or it might just go the other way. One thing I don't like about In-N-Out is the limited menu. Using secret menu terms like "Animal Style" isn't really offering up a whole world of options when it comes to your burgers. Steak 'n Shake had plenty of options, even going as far as to let me get my beloved jalapenos on my burger, while the kids were able to order sliders and get to try a few different flavors.

Even my daughter, who is a vegetarian, enjoyed our lunch. Putting cheese on fries is usually an easy sell for her, but let's face it...When you're at a place called Steak 'n Shake, but you don't eat steak, what do you order?

Oh yes the milkshakes! These were a huge hit, and in fact they might even have been my favorite part of the meal. The fries were good, the burger was great, but the milkshakes were spectacular! Good enough that, although we ordered four shakes....

...We definitely could have ordered more. Assuming of course that we never wanted to get up from the table again. When the food was this good though, that certainly was an option.

This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby and Friday Daydreamin at R We There Yet Mom. If you didn't get here from one of those sites, you should really go check them out. There's people there who already knew how great Steak 'n Shake was, and I'm not too happy with them for keeping it a secret.

Written by Steve Pratt