A $40 Burger: Shake Shack, BurgerFi, Soyka, and DB Bistro

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We at Short Order know that sometimes you want candlelight and cloth napkins -- and other times you want to tuck a paper napkin into your collar and chow down like you were raised in Polk County. So where should you go when you've got 40 bucks burning a hole in your pocket and want a burger? Is it worth spending $40 for ground meat? Should you hold your wad tightly or blow your load? To help you decide, we present High Chow vs. Low Chow.

Today's Contenders: Shake Shack, BurgerFi, Soyka, and DB Bistro Moderne.

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Shake Shack

We admit we like to get our Shake Shack on, primarily with the Shackburger ($4.85). For some reason, the commonplace ingredients -- cheese, lettuce, and tomato -- culminate in a definitive taste explosion. The bun is soft, the Angus beef patty is well seasoned, and the whole thing comes together like a great ground (meat) attack. Maybe it's the ShakeSauce?

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The BurgerFi cheeseburger (under $10) serves one purpose and one purpose only: to feed your hunger. It's not great -- heck, it's not even good -- but it will pump calories into your bloodstream so you don't pass out from low blood sugar. The two Angus beef patties are covered with lettuce, tomato, and two slices of cheese. Perhaps BurgerFi should ask Danny Meyer for his ShakeSauce recipe.

Location Info


5556 NE 4th Court, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

DB Bistro Moderne

255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Shake Shack, is a greasy mess!!! Their bread is even greasy, Its a slider all right. The french fries were soggy and greasy. SHakeShack is a heart attack waiting to happen!! I prefer Burgerfi ANYday, less grease, better burger, better fries, better everything!!!


what about doggi style burgers? they won best burger award in 2010 and now have a place of their own by coral way and sw 67 ave. Their beast comes with eggs, avacado, cheese, ham, corn, and beef patty for like 10 bones or so and the peeps that run the joint are really nice.


Sorry, not sold on spending $ 34 on a hamburger, but 5 Guys is about all I'm going to spend at most for a burger, because in the end, it's still just a hamburger. Besides, comparing the patty in the lower end burgers really just isn't fair, You'd be better off grabbing a pound of ground at WalMart and making your own burger ? Best that would even be comparable, a Flannigans style patty maybe ? Even there the comparison isn't really fair, because the higher end burgers are not truly burgers, they are $ 34 for sirloin & short ribs on an onion roll ? LOL, you can get a full rack of baby back ribs at any bbq place and have money left over. No sense beating down a $ 34 hamburger that really can't compare because the real estate makes it cost too much ?

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