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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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.