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2010/10/19 16:43:54 (permalink)

Steak n' Shake, What's Good There?

From a discussion on another thread about Steak n' Shake chili I think we need an updated SnS thread. They no longer wheel in the steaks so everyone can see them being ground up. So what is good there now?
 
Fishtaco said on the other thread that he likes their baked beans. I didn't even know they had those.
 
Who else likes, or dosen't like something at SnS?
 
But oh, one great thing about this section here at Roadfood is that when we, for whatever reason, venture into a Fast Food place we might know what is a best bet to order.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/19 20:13:50 (permalink)
    In my opinion, their food is just so-so, although they do have fairly decent burgers.  Their fries aren't too bad.  The big draw for me is their shakes, and the fact that you can mix and match flavours.  I cannot stand their chili, but then I don't do chili with pasta in it.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/19 21:37:09 (permalink)
    Felix, you are not the only one here who likes their shakes. With your input I will fo sure have one next time I am there. Chili/pasta, don't tell the folks in Cincinatti that!!!
     
    Have you tried a can of Wolf Brand over sketty latley? Add some cheese and chopped onions to tha mix! Oh, helps if you have been out and about and are REAL hungry. :~)
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/20 07:24:50 (permalink)
    We have a SnS about 15 miles away in the area of our medical services. I seldom go there. If we are out for a sit down lunch I prefer one of the 'Roadhouses' steak places for their lunch specials or Cheddars for their Catfish. Our other alternative is the drive-thru at one of the FF Burger places, Rally's being high on that list. SnS just doesn't appeal to us these days.
    I do recall enjoying the FRISCO MELT there when we did stop in the past.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/20 08:13:44 (permalink)
    I like their 5 way chili for breakfast. It is very mild chili so it works well for me for early in the morning. I also enjoy their shoe string french frys. Great malts and shakes.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/20 13:50:20 (permalink)
    Al, kinda like Ellen once said about some chain restaurant... if she is dragged in kiking and scraming she would like to know what to order. Who knows? You might somehow end up there someday? I have heard somewhere that the Frisco Melt was good.
     
    HD, the only thing I have had at SnS was the 3 Way. I liked it but the batch I was served needed a bit more chili. SnS has not always been in the N. Texas area. So you like the fries. I think you can even get those w/ chili? And I have heard other good reports on their shakes. I saw somewhere that there were over 1,000 ways to have one.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/20 15:12:28 (permalink)
    PJ,
      I don't dislike SnS, but it has a difficult access way off a busy street, and there is a Logan's Roadhouse within 100 yds of the SnS with easy access and parking. Logan's runs a good 'Lunch for Two' for $14.99 that satisfies us when we want a big burger or steak sandwich. SnS  has good stuff, but it has a couple of nearby competitors that put it further down 'our' list.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/20 15:26:22 (permalink)
    Al, I understand. Is Logan's a local place or are there more of them?
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/20 15:38:32 (permalink)
    I love their  skinny azz fries, but ya gotta get them right out of the frier.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/20 15:51:53 (permalink)
    Good to see you here Fish! How do you accomplish getting those frys right outa the fryer?
     
    There are some very popular skinny frys sold at the State Fair of Texas. They are called Jack's Frys. They have a big pump bottle of vinegar to put on em. If SnS are anything like Jack's I must try them.
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    post edited by PapaJoe8 - 2010/10/20 16:10:55
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/20 15:59:06 (permalink)
    Logan's is a chain much like Texas Roadhouse or Longhorn. I seldom drive out of my way to go there...but if it is lunch time and we are looking for a cheap sit-down lunch, It fits the requirements.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/20 16:04:03 (permalink)
    Thanks Al! I will do some googling to see if they have locations in Texas.
     
    Does SnS have vinegar to put on anything I wonder? If not maybe I could sneak some in from Long John's. :~)
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/21 15:30:52 (permalink)
    PapaJoe8

    Good to see you here Fish! How do you accomplish getting those frys right outa the fryer?

    There are some very popular skinny frys sold at the State Fair of Texas. They are called Jack's Frys. They have a big pump bottle of vinegar to put on em. If SnS are anything like Jack's I must try them.
    Joe

     
    I always sit at the counter and just ask them for fresh cooked fries.
     
    Also to answer your question below, they have those bottles of peppers that are
    packed in vinegar, pretty tasty on a lot of stuff.

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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/21 18:50:58 (permalink)
    Mellow, please check your PM box. Who knows... I may have sent you a tiny Prime Mnister? It' right next to the "forum menu".
     
    Fish, ahh, nice tip! Vinegar on frys is kinda a Brittish...  and Texas thing. We DO NOT put it on fried catfish here in Texas though! Those crazzy British even put it on fried fish. Just kidding you Britts! I love vinegar w/ my fish n chips! More than yall love catfish I bet? :~)
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/23 15:53:50 (permalink)
    I posted about a make believe sign at the SnS drive through over in the SnS chili thread. It is a real hoot and much of it could apply to many drive-thu's. I tried to do the link but *&%#. Maybe someone smarter than me could do it if ?? you think it's as funny as I did.
     
    But... it comes up first w/ a google for ;
     
    steak n shake drive through sign
     
    #15 is what caused me to find this. #9 is my personal fav.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/24 10:32:04 (permalink)
    I've always been a fan of the S&S Orange Freeze.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/24 12:58:20 (permalink)
    CSD, I must try an Orange Freeze then! I am not sure what a Freeze is though. I knew they had shakes but...
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/24 15:27:11 (permalink)
    I like the Frisco Melt, double steakburger with cheese, pickles, onions, mustard.
    Chili 3 ways with onions, parmesan cheese, oyster crackers.  Not your traditional chili but I have been eating S & S chili for 35 plus years. 
    I also like their milkshakes,from 2pm-4pm the milkshakes are 1/2 price.
    Also, a great family place,  we like to take the grandkids there.  A good sitdown place for kids.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/24 17:58:39 (permalink)
    Clara, thanks for tha good info! Parmasen, oyster crackers, I didn't know. Those would for sure liven up a 3 way! Some talk at the SS chili thread about a secret menu. This sure fits! 35 years... wow. You know your SnS then! You, and mellow, might be the SnS experts here. Happy Hour, nice to know the times. Grandkids, wonder if tha Great Grandzillas will fit in? They are ages 2-4. Hmm, haybe I'll stick w/ CC's for them.
     
    Oh, great pic of a 3 way at that chili thread!
     
    Frisco melt, several mentions of that here somewhere. Must be good.
     
    Thanks yall ! This thread is beyond expections.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 01:19:48 (permalink)
    I've given the SnS a few trys and I dont like it. The burgers are thin and dry, the baked beans are generic tasting, the fries are awful (although I like thicker fries anyways), and the chili is horrible.
     
    I guess its just not my place.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 03:26:14 (permalink)
    I've always loved the burgers at S&S but the baked beans taste just like pork and beans poured out of a can and warmed. Absolutely nothing special about them. Choose something different.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 07:51:06 (permalink)
    I'm in Massachusetts today ... BUT, had SnS day before yesterday.
     
    Had to meet a friends kids and SnS provided decent food in a quantity over quality situation -- where I also had to tolerate, if not be actually pleased.  SnS fit the bill.
     
    The burgers are thin, but of consistent quality, making them the only FF burger I'll "tolerate" ... there are a million better burgers out there, but in my opinion, you can never go wrong there. 
     
    I always have the "chili" ... It too tastes like it is fresh from the can, because I am sure it is exactly that.  I'm sure the beans use the same can opener.
     
    I had my first milkshake in 150 years (vanilla) and can say I enjoyed it.
     
    SnS = "Not bad" ... a true FF compliment coming from me.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 12:29:17 (permalink)
    Gregg, being kinda a chili nut, I was surprised to also like SnS chili. I also like Wolf Brand so "fresh from the can" doesn't scare me away. The basic flavor is quite unique. I have not had a burger there but from what I hear I would maybe get a double. I have heard nothing but good about their shakes and the fact that you enjoyed yours does it for me. I'm having one next time I go.
     
    CSD likes their freeze but... what is a freeze?
     
    Who does tha SnS drive thru???
     
    A quote from the make beleive SnS drive thru sign; 
     
    #42. Do NOT start talking about "Drive-Thru Protocol" like you know what it is. Do you work here? No! I guess you have no idea what "Drive-Thru Protocol" is, now do you?"
     
    :~)))
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    post edited by PapaJoe8 - 2010/10/26 12:32:39
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 12:37:45 (permalink)
    PapaJoe, They're finally selling Wolf brand chili around here and I had my first can recently. It is the best canned chili I've ever tasted.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 12:54:24 (permalink)
    Michael... neat. Since I have been saying its good, around here for 5 years or so years, I am so glad you liked it! Now keep an eye out for their "hot" version. It won't be to hot for you. The spice mixture is just a bit different and I like it even better than the origional Wolf I grew up eating.
     
    Oh, when making my last post, and re reading that make believe sign, I had a vision of you, and TJ, going through the SnS Drive Thru together. If only we could make a video!!!  :~)
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 16:28:17 (permalink)
    I generally don't eat burgers at all.  Steak 'n' Shake are the only ones I eat.  I like them the way they cook them -- thin and well done.  I realize that makes me a distinct minority on this site.  I also like their french fries, but agree that they need to be freshly cooked.
     
    And their fountain carbonated drinks are good.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 16:33:08 (permalink)
    wheregreggeats.com

    I'm in Massachusetts today ... BUT, had SnS day before yesterday.

    Had to meet a friends kids and SnS provided decent food in a quantity over quality situation -- where I also had to tolerate, if not be actually pleased.  SnS fit the bill.

    The burgers are thin, but of consistent quality, making them the only FF burger I'll "tolerate" ... there are a million better burgers out there, but in my opinion, you can never go wrong there. 

    I always have the "chili" ... It too tastes like it is fresh from the can, because I am sure it is exactly that.  I'm sure the beans use the same can opener.

    I had my first milkshake in 150 years (vanilla) and can say I enjoyed it.

    SnS = "Not bad" ... a true FF compliment coming from me.


    FF?  I've never been to one, but I thought they were sit-down restaurants with waitstaff.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 16:40:43 (permalink)
    They are sit down with wait staff ... I guess I should say it is a "FFF & NRFC (Fast Food Franchise and Non-Roadfood Chain) compliment coming from me."
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 17:17:38 (permalink)
    Rumaki, your not the only one who likes those thin burgers. Those who like em but want more meat just stack em up. Hey, a thick med rare burger is just a whole different kinda deal. And, others have said they like the thin cut fries. And... the fountain drinks... your the first to mention those. I love a good old fashion fountain drink made like they used to. Maybe that is what SnS does?
     
    Well put Gregg!
     
    Don, what you thought was correct. But... most, or all?, have a drive thru.
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    Re:Steak n' Shake, What's Good There? 2010/10/26 20:02:17 (permalink)
    They bill themselves NOT as fast food, but as good food, fast.  I've done the drive-through a lot, but it takes FOREVER to get your food.  Although I don't really mind, as the reason it takes forever is they truly don't make burgers ahead, so you have to actually wait for them to cook.  Mostly the reason I do drive-through is I'm often stopping after work around 3am, and SnS has taken the place of Denny's around here for after the bar eating.  I rarely have the patience to go inside.
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