Kenzie Marie Won’t Be Back to Shake Shack

Shake ShackShake Shack - burgers & fries.

Vegas Bright writer Kenzie Marie reviews the much raved about Shake Shack at MGM’s New York-New York Hotel. 

Shake Shack…Redefining Fast-Food? These days I am fairly picky about what I put in my body, so when my parents watched a 60 Minutes segment on Shake Shack I was pretty reluctant to tag along and check it out. I really am not interested in eating at a fast food place. My mom fought back. She said “they are supposed to be really good. All natural beef, great customer experience, and supposedly the buns are to die for.” Okay…this is Las Vegas. Who am I to say “NO” to a great set of buns?

Before I could go to lunch, I had to watch the 60 minutes segment with Shake Shack’s founder, Danny Meyer. Meyer’s refers to Shake Shack as “fine-casual.” Fine-casual? I don’t think I can take this seriously. According to him, fine-casual is “marrying together the ethos and taste level of fine dining with the fast food experience.” The segment also showed the incredibly long lines people are willing to stand in for the experience of a Shake Shack burger. Call me a skeptic, but I won’t wait in an hour-long line for a burger, I don’t care how “fine” it is.

The Las Vegas Shake Shack is appropriately located strip side in front of the New York, New York hotel. We opted to valet our car at the Monte Carlo. As we handed our keys over the valet asked if we needed directions. I said, “we are headed over to Shake Shack.” He instantly got excited, “I love Shake Shack. As a matter of fact, we are going there for lunch today.” I said, “we have never been. What do you recommend.” He said “You have to get the double ShackBurger because you will be disappointed if you get the single. They are that good.” He went on to suggest the cheese fries with ShackSauce, and the salted caramel shake. At least now I knew what I was going to order.

The walk over was nice. I love being on the Vegas Strip and haven’t had many opportunities to see the Park. We arrived about 11:30 am and Shake Shake was already getting busy. There was a short line, about five minutes, and many of the tables were in use. In addition to the Valet’s suggestions, we also ordered a single ShackBurger, a regular fry, a Chick’n Shack, a chocolate shake, and a root beer float. After we ordered they handed us a buzzer and off we went to find a table. I don’t know, but that doesn’t seem like an above standard customer experience. Seemed about average for fast food, and below standard for fine fast food.

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Shake Shack – $48.28 receipt.

When we sat down I set the receipt on the table. Dad took a look and said “$48.00, that isn’t too bad.” Really? $48.00 for a fast food lunch. I said, “this better be one hell of a burger.” We waited about 5 minutes for our buzzer to go off and I walked up to get the food. While at the counter I also grabbed two containers of ShackSauce. There were a lot of people getting the sauce and I was ready for it to be great.

I don’t really know what to say from here, except…well…it was just another fast food dining experience. I wasn’t impressed and barely touched my meal. My dad ate his burger but was clear he wouldn’t eat at Shake Shack again. My mom didn’t eat much of her meal but loved her shake. I will admit the shakes were pretty good, very rich and creamy.

Call me crazy, but I like my food with crunchy vegetables, bread baked from scratch, cheese that isn’t some shade of neon orange, and meat that hasn’t been through a grinder. Perhaps I am not the right person to rate fine-casual, but please do me a favor. If you are in Las Vegas for the weekend don’t blow $48.00 for “fine-casual” when you are surrounded by some of the best dining in the world!

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Shake Shack – one-armed bandit.

The best part of Shake Shack was it got me down on an end of the strip I don’t often visit. My adventures don’t usually go further south than the Aria. We took the opportunity to stop by the Hershey Store, wander around inside of New York, New York, and I even took a pull on the Shake Shack one-armed bandit. Overall it was nice to spend an afternoon on the strip with family. Next time I make it down here I will fill you in on my favorite burger place.

[Photo Cred. Kenzie Marie]

19 Comments on "Kenzie Marie Won’t Be Back to Shake Shack"

  1. I’m in agreement with you on Shake Shack…..but if you go next door to Bruxie, that’s a damn good chicken n waffle sandwich!

  2. Derek Francis | November 15, 2017 at 11:12 am |

    I haven’t been there but while $48 for 3 people isn’t cheap, you guys did order it up with shakes, floats and the such. It’s not outrageous by any means, especially on the strip.

  3. I’m right there with you on not waiting an hour for a fast food hamburger. When In-n-Out came here to Dallas, people waited in line for 4 hours….for a fast food hamburger. Four.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love me some In-n-Out, but I’m not standing in line for that long for ANY meal.

    When I was in Vegas in June, we decided Wahlburger over Shake Shack. It sounds like I’m glad we did.

  4. Kensie, I totally agree….way overpriced and small servings. The shakes are decent but small cups for over $5. We made the mistake of getting it to go since we were staying at NYNY (the dining room was stuffed so no seating either) and hot food was cold by the time we got to the room and shakes had melted into a weird whipped type of concoction so it’s for sure an eat there type of place. The fries are the only thing they have going for them.,but same as Del Taco and Culvers. Personally I still think In-‘N-Out is light years ahead of this place and tastes fresher as well….it’s just a hop over the I-15 on Tropicana as well.

  5. David Rabinowitz | November 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm |

    Don’t forget the $18 extra for parking. Thanks MGM!

  6. A wendys meal with a burger fries and frosty is 14 dollars before tax…the price at Shake Shack isn’t an issue. If you didn’t like the food that is a different issue.

  7. $16 per person for lunch on the strip is expensive?

    • For a fast food burger that isn’t served to you. I get if you sat down and were served, but for a basic cheeseburger? Id rather go to Peppermill and be served and have a full meal for under $20.

  8. Just Dropping By | November 16, 2017 at 11:35 am |

    I wasnt impressed at all when I ate there. Maybe it was a bad day for them. I did visit there twice though. I actually thought Chick-Fil-A and the Habit Burger was better. SS is nothing special if you ask me.

    • Thanks for your opinion! I disliked Chic-Fil-A, found it to be incredibly dry. There is a ton out here in So Cal.

      • Just Dropping By | November 19, 2017 at 8:02 pm |

        Yeah – I live in Oceanside. Lots of burger choices in SoCal. Fil-a sometimes can be off. But for a fast food option I thought it was better.

  9. That’s quite a price tag!

  10. I’m not really sure why you are surprised about the prices when they have them clearly posted out front. They’re prices are actually pretty much on par with Five Guys and Smashburger even in locations that aren’t in Vegas. $48 in Vegas for 3 people typically will never get you more than fast food.

    • I would never pay nearly $50 for fast food for 3, that shouldn’t add up to more than $30 max. Probably why I try not to eat on the strip unless its a planned dinner or lunch. I rarely snack or have a small bite, I refuse to pay strip surcharges for basic food.

  11. If you have a Platinum card from Mlife you can use the special Platinum line and cut all the way to the front of the line..while doing so you can see the others patrons faces go “WTF!” or the occasional “you are the number one finger fully extended” …….

  12. Tony Crawford | November 20, 2017 at 5:57 pm |

    Contempt prior to investigation. I ca’t take you seriously. I will try for myself.

  13. It sounds as if you were going to hate it no matter what was served. Not really a good review when you post “I refuse to pay strip surcharges for basic food” in the comments. We all know that food on the strip is more expensive than not. You want to write a good review? Go into the experience without your mind made up. Otherwise is comes across as ranting.

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