I have been waiting for this moment for a long time and I am just over the moon that Shake Shack has finally opened in London. For those of you that are not familiar, Shake Shack is a burger joint sensation from NYC that has taken the city by storm for the past couple of years. Queues were so long in the original Madison Square Park kiosk that webcams were put up so you could see how long the wait would be before heading out. I think what I love most other than the yummy top quality food is it that is that it is a real slice of Americana. The Covent Garden location in London is perfect for us expats that are a little bit homesick or if you want to make a quick culinary journey over the pond.
I seriously cannot eat enough of Shake Shack's crinkle fries (or chips for you Brits) that are fried, crispy and lightly salted to perfection. My 18 month old daughter was cramming about 6 at a time into her tiny little mouth. The kids shared a double cheeseburger, I had the Shroom burger and hubby a Shack-cago dog and everything was as good as we remembered. The only downside was that there was no chicken hotdog (my usual) and the pickles were not the real American ones. It's pretty much impossible to find a true kosher dill pickle here and that was a huge problem during both pregnancies. For dessert we had an amazing chocolate malt shake and a coffee and donut concrete. The concrete is definitely worth all the calories and luckily you can burn them off by chasing the little ones around Covent Garden. Be sure to check out the concrete menu before you do to see what the flavor of the day is.
My 3.5 year old has proclaimed that Shake Shack is his favorite restaurant in the whole wide world which is pretty similar to his father's opinion. He was very excited about the tables being made in Brooklyn (which is currently his obsession) and luckily we brought along our London Tube train and NYC subway train for the dining experience. We went on a busy Saturday morning and there were plenty of seats outside in the square, inside the covered market and restaurant dining area. In true American service style there were lots of staff on hand to manage the queues are really didn't end up waiting too long. If you are craving a good ole American burger than it's definitely worth the trip into town to join the crowds.
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