Burger aficionados set those alarms, the University City outpost of Shake Shack (3200 Chestnut St.) is opening its doors at 11 a.m. today and we swung by to get a sneak peek.
Aside from the menu of well loved classics like the Shack Burger, Smoke Shack and dogs the newest Shack has a few unique offerings. First off and perhaps the most exciting to Shack enthusiasts is the introduction of house-cut fries. Shake Shack has been using frozen crinkle cuts since its debut in 2004. Recently they introduced hand-cut fries in their Grand Central and Upper East Side New York Locations and U City is going to be the third Shack offering these much improved Russet fries. Shake Shack is promising hand-cut fries at all three Philly locations by the year's end.
And then there are the concretes. Partnering up with local businesses Federal Donuts, Termini Bros. and Joe Coffee there are three concretes on the menu featuring donuts, cannoli shells and coffee beans: Declaration of Donuts (vanilla custard, Federal Donuts French toast fancy donut and banana), Study Buddy (chocolate custard, chocolate toffee, caramel sauce and Joe coffee beans), and Liberty Shell (vanilla custard, Termini Bros. cannoli shell, strawberry purée and lemon ricotta).
In other custard news, we got a look at the October custard calender, here's the very thrilling weekly line up: Monday - Cinnamon Pear Cobbler, Tuesday - Waffles & Bacon, Wednesday - Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter, Thursday - Shackenstein (chocolate cake mixed with marshmallow sauce), Friday - Candied Apple, Saturday - Pretzel Caramel, Sunday - Pumpkin Pie. In other sweet news, Shake Shack is selling their custom made Mast Brothers dark chocolate bars made with cocoa beans from small co-op farms in Peru, Madagascar and the Dominican Republic.
As with all of the Shacks, the set up is customized for the location. The U City branch features downstairs counter service and a rustic-sleek upstairs seating area with reclaimed wood walls from a barn in Missouri and tables by Counter Evolution crafted from wood from an old Brooklyn bowling alley. There is seating for 105 upstairs along with an outside patio that seats 22.
We're anticipating pretty heavy traffic at the new location so get in line early!
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