Momentous news was announced this morning: Shake Shack is opening its first L.A. outpost in 2016. The West Hollywood location will be at 8520 Santa Monica Blvd., a block west of La Cienega.
This announcement will no doubt ignite many discussions about how restaurant mogul Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, which debuted in New York more than a decade ago and recently became a publicly traded company, compares to In-N-Out. So here are five things you should know about Shake Shack if you want to spend the next year having this argument.
1. Shake Shack and In-N-Out are totally different experiences. The burgers at Shake Shack can cost more than twice as much, and Shake Shack also serves fried portobello mushroom burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine, and fancy dog treats. Shake Shack is clearly a more elaborate and upscale way to eat.
2. Shake Shack’s SmokeShack is a bacon cheeseburger unlike any other. It has Niman Ranch applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper, and ShackSauce, resulting in a gooey, smoky, spicy, tangy, wonderful mess.
3. The hot dogs are good. The Shack-Cago dog with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt, and mustard is the one you should probably try first.
4. There’s nothing that rivals Animal-Style, but you can order Frisky Fries. These come with spicy tomato-simmered onions and cheddar/American cheese sauce.
5. If you can’t wait until next year, just go to Vegas for your burger showdown. Shake Shack opened on the Strip by the New York-New York resort in late December. There’s an In-N-Out burger on Dean Martin Drive less than a mile away.