Last night, I attended the pre-opening party for the new Shake Shack location in Washington, DC.Â This marks the 11th Shake Shack location in the United States, and 13th worldwide. The new DC outpost takes the space of the old Fuddruckers location in Dupont Circle and will soon be joined by a second DC location in Nationals Park. This self-proclaimed “roadside burger stand” officially opens today, May 17th at 11 am. While at the pre-opening party, I snapped a couple photos of the restaurant and the food.
Shake Shack features a menu of burgers, fries, hot dogs, shakes and frozen custard. The shakes, much like those at Good Stuff Eatery, are made from a custard, rather than an ice cream base, making them extra sweet and rich.
The star of Shake Shack’s food is definitely the burgers. Hormone & antibiotic free angus beef, the patties are cooked to a juicy medium. Unlike some area burgers, this is a relatively grease free affair – the Shake Shack burger has a clean, fresh taste.
The french fries served are crinkle-cut style fries like you see served at Nathan’s or maybe your high school cafeteria, although these aren’t your soggy cafeteria fries, as they all have a crunchy, crispy exterior.
The opening party was jam-packed, and while it may feel like higher-end burger places are reaching a saturation point in DC, I’d say it’s a pretty good bet that Shake Shack will thrive.