Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out

The competition is on! I’m lucky enough to live in a city that’s full of different food joints, and don’t worry, I’ve got a list of the ones I want to try (and it’s getting longer by the day). Of course, I’ll be right here to report all of my findings with you.

So, the first showdown is between Shake Shack and In-N-Out Burger, which is really like a battle between east and west, right?

In-N-Out opened in 1945 as California’s first drive-thru hamburger stand. In 1994, In-N-Out opened its 100th location, with location number 200 opening in 2000.

When I found out there was a location in Austin, I couldn’t wait to try it! I thought the famous burger joint only existed in California, so I was pleasantly surprised.

My mom and I went to In-N-Out around midnight on a Thursday night, and the place was hopping. We went through the drive-thru, and all of the employees were overly nice. It was great!

We each got burgers, I got mine protein style (with a lettuce bun) and my mom went for the animal style (special sauce and cooked onions). We also got fries and shakes: one chocolate and one strawberry.

It was delicious. Juicy and delicious. How could it not be good?

But, I had another restaurant on my mind: Shake Shack.

Shake Shake started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001. It was such a success, it became a permanent fixture in 2004.

If you’ve hung out with me for a day, you’ll know I love hot dogs. Like, really. Hot dogs are the best thing that happened to baseball (I see you, Skyline)!

So, I ventured to Shake Shack one exit from my apartment a few weekends ago. I swiftly ordered a Shack-cago dog (complete with loads of veggies and relish), crinkle-cut fries, a soda… And… Frozen custard, blended with a slab of pumpkin pie (it’s called a concrete).

Honestly, y’all, there is no competition. Don’t get me wrong, In-N-Out was delicious, and it’s definitely got a cool vibe. But hot dogs? And frozen custard? Dear God.

Now, I haven’t had a burger from Shake Shack, so In-N-Out could win for best burger. We’ll just have to find out!


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