Shake Shack Las Vegas

Concrete, fries, Shake Stack (top), Shack Burger (bottom) credit: iblewupyaspot

When Eater announced Shake Shack was moving west to Las Vegas I was hella excited. A great Vegas addition since January 2015 Shake Shack is one of my favorite must-dos in Vegas. It works out that Shake Shack in Vegas is on the strip located on the outskirts of the New York New York (get it?)

My favorite burger there is the Shake Stack, a Shack burger topped with a deep-fried mushroom filled with cheese. But I hate the crinkle-cut fries. I don’t get it, and continually don’t get it. It makes me think of shitty french fries in the frozen food aisle. The special concretes are always good and gotta look at the weekly offerings.

West Coasters: Stop comparing Shake Shack to In-N-Out– it’s the wrong comparison. It’s two different style of franchises. I think it’s easy to compare both because In-N-Out is a West Coast institution and most of us defend In-N-Out’s honor against any East Coast Bias.

But breaking it down, In-N-Out has a simple menu which allows them to focus on quality and keeps the prices relatively competitive in the fast food arena. On price alone Shake Shack offers a $5.19 cheeseburger vs a $3.something cheeseburger. A full meal like the one pictured costs $25, versus the same amount of food from In-N-Out is half the amount.

I enjoy both burger joints, but you and I can taste test all we want it’s not the same comparison. Shake Shack’s burgers are a bit bigger, and also a bit flavorful, but In-N-Out has the package for the price point. A true comparison of Shake Shack is Burger Lounge.

Nonetheless Shake Shack Las Vegas is solid pick in Vegas.

LAZY SUNDAYS: A WEEKLY BLOG ROUNDUP

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Here’s some stuff from the week of 3/23-3/29 that I didn’t write but I think is hella dope. Take your time to read ’em because it is Sunday fam.

  • As Americans Eat Healthier, Processed Foods Starting To Spoil. It was a good run boxed mac & cheese. But in reality, it’s going to take a while before we really flush processed food out of system. (NPR)
  • Breast Milk is Now Big Business. Breast milk…you make my dayyyyyayyyyy. (FirstWeFeast)
  • Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade. In all seriousness, WTF is kind of shit is this? This is all kinds of fucked up. The journalist interview these guys while they were in a “cell”. (NPR)
  • Starbucks Won’t Try to Make You Talk About Race Today. TBH, there are some baristas out there who didn’t even want to participate in this. JUST SAYING. (Slate)
  • That Fish Cray. Word on the street is that this piece is up for a James Beard award for writing. (Lucky Peach)
  • ‘Fuck, That’s Delicious’ Presents: Cooking with Mr. Wonderful Featuring Mario Batali. TBH, never really cared for Action Bronson prior to his VICE series. Batali and Bronson seem like old pals shooting the shit in this episode. (MUNCHIES)
  • You’re been making French toast all wrong. It’s the basics. Stop pretending it’s supposed to be healthy and get real & stop messing with wonder bread and wheat. (TIME)
  • McDonald’s Launches Big Mac Lifestyle Collection. Yo it’s not a sub-culture. It’s a life. #cozyboyz #burgerboyz (Hypebeast)

LAZY SUNDAYS: A Weekly Blog Roundup

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Here’s some stuff I didn’t write but I think is hella dope. Take your time to read ’em because it is Sunday fam.

  • The Specialists: Franklin Barbecue. Good Texas BBQ takes time and dedication. I’m not waking up at 1am to write this blog. (Lucky Peach)
  • How The West Coast-Style IPA Conquered The World. YO. WEST COAST IPA INTERNATIONAL LIKE DR DRE AND SNOOP. (FirstWeFeast)
  • Food & Sh*t– Sariwa. Seattle Filipino food popup, Food & Sh*t, is hosting a vegan dinner tomorrow night because KRS-ONE. (Food&Sh*t)
  • Making Pies For Pi Day: Think Inside The Circle. Pi Day is over. I’ve had enough of the food porn. But NPR wants your Pi(e) game to step up. (NPR)
  • It’s Time to Kill the Meal Frequency Debate and Just Eat When We’re Hungry. Too many people talking about how many meals to eat. You’re an adult, make choices fam. (Munchies)
  • Phil’s BBQ Expands Meat Empire to Rancho Bernardo. PHILS BBQ BOUT TO TAKE NAMES IN RB. (Eater San Diego)
  • Carl’s Jr.’s New All-Natural Burger Makes The Rest Of Their Menu Look Toxic. What’s the point of having one item that’s “all natural” when the rest of the menu is crap? (Foodbeast)

Sea & Smoke Happy Hour Version

Sea & Smoke

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Sister restaurant to Urban Solace.

Happy hour 3p-6p is good looks 7 Days a week. .

Flower Hill off the freeway. RIP to the movie theater & Pannikin.

Like NO, shrimp & grits. Delicious and you save almost 50%

filed under: Happy Hour, you the real MVP; Faded & full before 6pm.

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Cheese and salame board, BUT I ALREADY FORGOT WHAT EXACTLY IT WAS.

I almost hate the Flower Mall in Del Mar just because there’s no real point of me being here. It’s basically uptown problems AKA this shit, that ice cold, Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold. If I’m in the area I might be at Whole Foods or at Burger Lounge, but Sea & Smoke has a fire happy hour. The happy hour prices hit the pocket nice too. Shit you might end up dropping a $100 on a meal. The cocktail’s are about $3 off, the beers hover around $3-5, and the food menu, though limited, is fuxwidable. I’ve been here with a big party before, and I can say that the pork belly was phenomenal and the service was good handling a 18 seat table. BUT THAT’S THAT & NOT HAPPY HOUR.

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Shrimp & Grits with pork belly pieces.

YEAH MORE NEW ORLEANS FOR THE MOUTH. There’s a difference in style when it comes to palate, but that’s like comparing Bun B to Snoop Dogg. If I were to compare the two, they put a lot of butter in the South versus SD. The dish is definitely a stand out on the menu not only because you’re saving almost $10 off the dinner version, but the dish is a solid pick. The shrimp is well seasoned, the grits are on point and the crispy pieces of pork belly are good touch.

The burger is a easy copp too. I don’t mind the burger here, but truthfully if you told me to pick between Burger Lounge and Sea & Smoke, I’ll easily go Burger Lounge. But there’s no happy hour at Burger Lounge.

Niman Burger. smoked onion jam, swiss, cheddar, lemmon thyme aioli
Niman Burger. smoked onion jam, swiss, cheddar, lemmon thyme aioli

Sea & Smoke’s happy hour is the real MVP of happy hours, especially in North County. They have a solid Happy Hour menu that others should be gunning after. *KEVIN DURANT MEME*

Brunch looks exciting too. I need to try that cinnamon roll sandwich every one keeps talking about. But it’s really hard to compare the mood and food between the magical hours of 3pm and 6pm.

Sea & Smoke
2690 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014