Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme…if you’re from Texas, burger allegiance usually lies with the orange and white. Friends have been torn between declaring the best quick-service burgers since Texans are traditionally loyal to Texas-based businesses. But when Shake Shack announced it was moving to town, excitement ensued and lines began.

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The new San Antonio location sits right across from North Star Mall at 7427 San Pedro Avenue in the Park North Shopping Center. I hastily marked opening day in my calendar. “Could I get off from work early to get a burger? How many times would it be socially acceptable to eat Shake Shack in a single week…”

Introduced to the New-York based burger chain in Austin, it quickly joined the ranks of my favorite burgers. Allegiances aside and eventually to my friends’ annoyance, Shake Shack remains my go-to lunch suggestion.

Sticking to the basics, the Single ShackBurger is a solid choice off the menu. Available as a single-meat burger, or a double, this cheeseburger holds a special place in my heart. Meanwhile, Jacqueline opted for the Hot Chick’n, a new addition to the menu promising a kick of spice to their traditional chicken sandwich. Flavorful peppers accented the generously sized crispy chicken breast, but eventually had Jacqueline reaching for her lemonade to cool down.

But what are burgers with out fries? Crinkle cut fries are always better. There may not be science to prove it, but it’s true. In all my lunches at Shake Shack, never has a fry been left behind; they are that good. You can even add cheese and bacon to them if you want to up the ante.

Photo by Karissa Rangel

The restaurant has “shake” in their name for a reason. Never actually trying one of their shakes before, I quickly realized I was depriving myself from the better things in life. In the time that it took to take pictures of our entire Shake Shack meal, my shake sat untouched—looking pretty—but completely unmelted! Yes, on the outdoor patio, in the Texas heat, a strawberry shake sat unaffected for ten minutes and still tasted as fresh and delicious as the heavens.

Shake Shack offers other cool treats too. The Alamo-city newcomer pays homage to our local food and drink scene by incorporating desserts from The Granary ‘Cue & Brew and Bird Bakery into their custard Concretes. Respectively, the San-Antonio special Pie Oh My features buttermilk chess pie while the Peanut Butter Park incorporates peanut butter-chocolate chip cookies. Sweet-tooth needs fulfilled here for sure. And if you are less of a dessert person, they also have local beers on tap.

On the occasion that you’re waiting for the lines to die down at Shake Shack before visiting, download their app to order ahead. Service is fast and the food comes out even faster. Don’t forget to order a shake with your meal. Trust me, you need it.

Visit Shake Shack Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.