Texan comfort fare culls hearty meats from the plains, fish from the Gulf of Mexico, and milkshakes from the udders of freezer-dwelling longhorns. Relieve regional hunger with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of burgers, hot dogs, and drinks, or, for $10, you get a cheeseburger dinner for two (a $20.60 value) at The Burger Shack. The dinner includes:
• Two Shack cheeseburgers (a $6.60 value each)
• Two Shack fries (a $1.95 value each)
• Two 20-ounce fountain drinks, tea, or bottled soft drinks (a $1.75 value each)
The Burger Shack's menu encompasses Texas comfort in the form of freshly ground burgers, hot dogs, and seafood po boys accented with local edibles. Each morning, dexterous hands sculpt Angus beef into third-pound patties, preparing them to be sprinkled in the house's special seasoning, warmed by the grill's flame, and cast in bronze. On each Shack burger, patrons can melt wisconsin cheddar, pepper jack, blue, or imported swiss cheeses onto buttered-and-toasted buns delivered fresh from Stafford's Ashcraft Bakery, then finish them with grilled onions, barbecue sauce, or salsa. Those who opt for the cheeseburger dinner for two battle their tablemates with hand-sliced russet fries and trade diplomatic sips of cane-sweetened mexican Coca-Cola or Saint Arnold's Houston-brewed root beer. Catfish farmers in Mississippi send their fillets to the fryer for The Burger Shack's catfish po boys ($7.25), and lips navigate plumes of whipped cream to taste milkshakes ($4.25) handcrafted with Brenham's Blue Bell ice cream and local clouds.
The Burger Shack
Those who say things aren't the way they were back in the good old days certainly haven't had a burger and fries from The Burger Shack. The welcoming spot echoes the low-key, homey feel of those iconic burger joints past. The walkup counter and pennant-strewn dining room act as a backdrop for a deliciously nostalgic menu of juicy Angus burgers and Blue Bell shakes. The cooks lovingly shape each third-pound grilled-to-order burger using beef that’s never seen a freezer or even received Valentines from a snowflake. Toppings for the juicy sizzlers can include Wisconsin cheddar, Hass avocados, or crispy bacon. The shack's staff members also hand make addictive sides such as curly fries and hand-dipped shakes.