Dallas-Fort Worth diners have spent more than a year salivating over when they may be able to get their hands around one of Shake Shack's famed hamburgers. Well y'all, we're pleased to inform you that day is almost here.
Shake Shack opens its first North Texas location in Uptown Dallas on Thursday, Sept. 1.
That's right, you can get intimate with a cheeseburger, shake or concrete -- that's a frozen custard ice cream blended with add-ins such as caramel sauce or chocolate toffee -- in just a few short days. Go on do your happy dance.
Shake Shack got its start as a New York hot dog cart in 2004 and has since expanded nationwide to more than 40 locations. The one in Dallas is located in a standalone building at the Crescent complex in Uptown (2500 N. Pearl St.); it's the first of two to open in the area. (The second will be at the oh-so-buzzy Legacy West development in Plano.)
Though it was designed to resemble the original kiosk in Madison Square Park, Dallas' Shake Shack is more modern. Situated beneath 30-year-old live oak trees, the building's exterior is like a mirror, so you can catch a reflection of the Crescent from the back side.
But let's get to the goods:
Shake Shack will open at 11 a.m. on Sept. 1 and customers should expect there to be a line, says spokeswoman Lauren Miller, of Bread and Butter PR. While the full menu is not available yet, there will be a few Dallas-centric items, she says. (Both Austin locations, for example, offer a Lockhart Burger that comes with a Kreuz Market jalapeno sausage link.)
[UPDATE Aug. 29 at 11:20 a.m.: Today Shake Shack announced a few menu items exclusive to Dallas, including the Link Burger, a cheeseburger topped with a jalapeno sausage link from Pecan Lodge barbecue spot, and desserts such as the Dallas Pie Oh My (a vanilla custard concrete plus a slice of Emporium Pies seasonal offering), Pearl and Pecan (concrete with vanilla custard, salted caramel sauce, pecans and chocolate toffee), and Shack Attack (concrete with chocolate custard, fudge sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough and Dude, Sweet Chocolate cocoa nib crack bar).]
In addition to food, Shake Shack will serve wine and beer. Many locations serve the restaurant's proprietary beer, ShakeMeister Ale, and also have a menu of treats for dogs. The Dallas location also has a patio and will eventually include park-like games, such as bocce ball.