And now there are three.
Shake Shack, the cult-favorite burger restaurant that started out as a hot dog cart in New York’s Madison Square Park, will open its latest Bay Area outpost this Sunday, Dec. 15, at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo.
The eatery founded by New York restaurateur Danny Meyer — he’s the guy behind high-end places like Gramercy Tavern — quickly became known for its all-natural Angus beef burgers. However, there’s still an all-natural Vienna beef “flat-top dog” on the menu — along with cage-free chicken sandwiches, crinkle-cut French fries, a popular array of frozen custards, plus wine and beer.
Besides ShackBurgers, the Hillsdale location will offer the Golden State Double, which is also found on the Palo Alto and Larkspur menus. That features two certified grass-fed patties from the Northern California ranches of Richards Grassfed Beef (in partnership with Cream Co. Meats of Oakland) on a potato bun. The Double is topped with bread-and-butter pickles made in-house along with white cheddar and smoked garlic aioli.
Frozen custards are spun fresh all day long from non-GMO ingredients. Then there are the “concretes,” with mix-ins from local purveyors such as Manresa Bread of Los Gatos (whole wheat chocolate chip walnut cookies), Dandelion Chocolate (chocolate chunks) and Pie Dreams of Fremont (seasonal pie).
The Palo Alto Shake Shack opened at Stanford Shopping Center in late 2018 and the Marin County location in March of this year. What’s next? According to the Sacramento Business Journal, it’s the capital region. One Shake Shack is planned for the midtown Ice Blocks project and another for the Roseville Galleria.
Details: The Hillsdale Shack will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday at 60 31st Ave., San Mateo. www.shakeshack.com
Shake Shack’s third Bay Area location opens this weekend