Restaurant Review

There are very few things not to love about Shake, Shake, Shake (124 N Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403).  Tacoma Restauranteur (it is the vowels that get me every time. –ed) grand masters Gordon and Steven Naccarato (Pacific Grill, Beach House, Smoke + cedar) put Shake Shake Shake together about 10 years ago.  If you like a good burger, fries and a shake, this is the place to go.  I’ve never ventured into the complicated shakes – I’m a berry shake guy - but I love sitting at the bar and watching them put the shakes together – all the fruits and syrups and whipping cream and sprinkles and cherries on top - with names like the Tiger Shake and Banana Brulee – what is there not to like?  You can even booze them up, but that seems all wrong.  I may be making some enemies here, but alcohol has no place in a classic burger joint.  I’m fine with hamburgers on the menu at a bar, but you can’t serve hard liquor at a burger stand.  Trends are trends, though - there’s no stopping them…  The fries are Naccarato style – thin and crispy.  They have tots and corn dogs and the like, but they really shine in the burger department.  I’m sure the veggie burger on a gluten free bun in a joy, but I’m more experienced with the Famous Hickory Burger.  It is juicy, flavorful, and exactly as messy as a proper burger should be.  Décor-wise, the inside is all the orange you need for the week – but alive with energy – and they have picnic tables on the lawn out back.  The burgers take a few minute to cook, so bring some uno cards and see how close to tears you can bring your low-blood-sugar children before the food arrives.  Highly recommended.    

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