blue ribbon fried chicken + shake shack in vegas


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

8 Responses

  1. Faye says:

    Can I just say how much I want to high five you right now. 1) you save the chicken skin for last and eat it like it’s dessert; 2) you went what I call beast mode eating for lunch. I’ve been on a fried chicken kick lately and can’t find the perfect place here in SD (where is your go to fried chicken place here in SD btw?). I’ve heard so much about Shake Shack – how is compared to In-n-Out? The smooshed patty looked similar to Smashburger (I didn’t like their burgers last time I visited).

    • mary says:

      I *always* try and save the best bite or my favorite bite for last! That way the flavor of it lingers in your mouth and you can daydream about what you just ate even though you finished eating. I hope I’m not the only one who does this, haha.

      Hmm… I don’t think any place has “mind blowing” fried chicken in SD, really. I have yet to try the new Crack Shack (maybe I will this weekend?) but Bonnie Jean’s is good (honey pecan chicken, oh yes) and I also like the chicken at Crispy Fried Chicken but I don’t like their sides (except the cornbread). Louisiana Fried Chicken is also good but I actually prefer the catfish there.

      Compared to In-N-Out… well… they’re kind of different. The Shake Shack burger definitely tasted more “well seasoned” to me. Have you tried Freddy’s Steakhouse? It’s more similar in style to Freddy’s. I liked it A LOT more than Smashburger and I like their Shake sauce better than In-N-Out (stupid pickles). You’ll just have to go to Vegas and try it haha

  2. Jinxi says:

    Ooh I’ll definitely have to hit these up next time. I think Shake Shack is opening an outpost in LA so HOPEFULLY SD is on their radar as well. Have you had the fried chicken at Coop’s? It’s divine.

  3. We’ve tried the Shake Shack a few times whole in NYC. A tip, order a double patty if u really like meat because their patties are on the thinner side. The bun is egg bread which seems a little softer. The wait time was insane, 45 minutes. This was back in 2007.

    I still like In n Out better for theor burgers. Their fries suck. Shake Shacks fries were much better since they were krinkle.

    • mary says:

      I’m not sure if I’d be down for a 45 minute wait for Shake Shack. We didn’t have to wait long in Summerlin, though I can imagine the wait would be longer if you’re visiting on the Strip! I liked the thin meat, actually – I liked it for the crispy edges! Shake Shack’s fries are of course much better – crinkle cut is my favorite style!

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