The Royale specializes in burgers and shakes -- fancy ones.

The Royale specializes in burgers and shakes -- fancy ones.

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It's going to be hard to visit The Royale Magnificent Burgers in Plano and not order a milkshake.

This? That's queso poutine -- a pile of fries and cheese.

This? That's queso poutine -- a pile of fries and cheese.

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Shakes will be mixed in an elevated chrome booth that seems fit for a DJ spinning records. Flavors such as salted caramel and banana brulee will likely make the menu, executed by the shake master -- that's the name for the cool shake chef on duty.

The Royale is a kid-friendly place. Located in West Plano Village, it's within eyeshot of the Cinemark movie theater near Parker Road and the Dallas North Tollway that's regularly packed with families, especially on weekends. 

(To appease the parents, The Royale will also have liquor mixers for most milkshakes. "Shakes are a huge priority," says co-owner Richard Ellman. "Take a craft cocktail program and apply it to shakes." The bar will also sell cocktails, wine and beer.)

The Royale is open as of Feb. 13, according to Facebook.

Shake it!

Shake it!

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The restaurant is full of whimsical touches, like an open umbrella with a chandelier hanging underneath perched inside, near the red front doors. The decor is inspired by movies such as The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums and is designed to "just be fun," says Ellman.

"But at the end of the day, we're serious about the food," he says. Running the kitchen is chef John Tesar, who presides over the kitchens at Knife, El Bolero and Oak, all in Dallas.

Tesar calls The Royale "not just a hamburger joint. It's not grab your own and put the number on the table." The restaurant has waiter service, with burgers priced $10 to $12 each.

On the menu: a dozen burgers, appetizers such as beef tartare, and a selection of poutine -- a style of French fries covered in gravy.

The queso poutine, or a bowl of fries topped with tomatillo salsa, queso, cheese curds and jalapenos, might be popular. 

3310 Dallas Parkway, at Parker Road, Plano. Hours -- for now -- are Monday through Thursday, 4-11 p.m., Fri and Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight. Closed Sundays. royaleburgers.com.
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