While growing up in St. Louis, going to Steak ‘n Shake was the ultimate treat. The restaurant was reminiscent of a retro diner and served some of the best cooked-to-order steak burgers and handmade milkshakes. After 80 years in business, Steak ‘n Shake now has some 400 locations, (mainly in the Midwest) and continues the tradition of serving some of the country’s best, freshest, and tastiest burgers and shakes. While this is true of the Steak ‘n Shake restaurants, the same cannot be said of the Steak ‘n Shake frozen items carried by grocers.
On a recent trip to Harris Teeter grocery store, (while looking for frozen pretzels), I was super geeked when I saw frozen Steak ‘n Shake double cheeseburger – my go to burger whenever I visited the restaurant. I didn’t think twice and excitedly purchased two boxes. The picture on the box reflected what the burgers look like in-house…delicious. Unfortunately, my excitement waned expeditiously upon eyeing the frozen burgers. From the pictures its obvious that there’s a clear difference.
Nevertheless, I continued on. After carefully following the instructions it was time for the taste test. They were absolutely horrible. They tasted nothing like the burgers I’ve craved since childhood, but more like the fake bi-product school lunch variety. Now, rarely do I return perishable items to the grocery store, but as my budget is virgin-tight these days, I happily returned both boxes and got my $12 back. These frozen creations are a complete and utter embarrassment to the Steak ‘n Shake franchise. If you’ve heard of this restaurant and always wanted to try it, do yourself a favor and wait ‘til your next road trip. Trust me, you will thank me!