Shake Shack University City opens its doors today, October 11, bringing the neighborhood hand-cut fries, burgers and uber-tasty concretes. (Photo by Evan Sung for Shake Shack)
It’s no secret we’re huge fans of Shake Shack here at Uwishunu — we were thrilled when the first Philadelphia location opened last year, and now we’re tickled that Shake Shack has opened a second Philadelphia location in University City.
As of today, the brand new Shake Shack University City opens to the public at 32nd and Chestnut streets.
Plus, yet another Shake Shack is coming later this month at King of Prussia mall on October 21.
This second Shack is one of the first restaurants to open at the new Chestnut Square development at 3200 Chestnut Street that is just across the river from Center City, around the corner from 30th Street Station, and also pretty convenient to both the campuses of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel.
For the uninitiated, Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand best known for its delicious burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes, frozen custard, beer, wine and more. It’s a growing East Coast institution, so it’s only fitting that the expansion should include Philadelphia.
The University City menu includes all the Shake Shack classics, as well as a couple brand-new items that are not only unique to Philly, but also use Philly products.
Previously offered only at the Upper East Side and Grand Central Terminal locations in New York City, the University City outpost is the first location beyond Shake Shack’s home turf to serve its new hand-cut french fries.
An awesome Shake Shack combo: a Smoke Shack burger and hand-cut fries. (Photo by Evan Sung for Shake Shack)
With such a straightforward menu, game-changing offerings don’t happen too often. With the hand-cut fry, Shake Shack departs from its classic crinkle cut to bring its patrons a fresh, made-in-house version of the fundamental side dish.
The crispy fries are cut in-house from Idaho russet potatoes, twice fried with the skin on, and served up fresh throughout the day. Though nostalgic, the crinkle cut version has to take a back seat to these fresh fries.
Beyond the fries, the University City location serves up two brand-new concretes: the Declaration of Donuts, made with Federal Donuts French toast fancy donut and banana, and the Study Buddy, a blend of chocolate frozen custard, chocolate toffee, caramel and Joe’s coffee beans — a neighborly nod to the Joe’s coffee shop located right next door.
Plus, as with every Shake Shack location, a community partner benefits from sales of a select menu item. In University City, Shake Shack donates 5% of sales of its Liberty Shell concrete to the good people of the nearby non-profit Schuylkill Banks. Very cool.
Inside, SITE architecture, the same group who has designed all Shacks, has created an open, bi-level layout employing recycled and sustainable materials, and feature energy-efficient kitchen equipment and lighting.
The second-floor dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows, seating for more than 100 and three flat-screen TVs. All of the chairs and booths are made from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and tabletops are made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes.
Out in King of Prussia, October 21 will bring the opening of a third Pennsylvania Shake Shack location. All of the awesome offerings will be on-hand, with local touches including a solar panel-covered roof and new concretes, including the Valley Forge Freeze, a heady mix of chocolate custard, caramel sauce, cheesecake blondie, chocolate sprinkles and sea salt.
See below for the complete University City menu and a look at the excellent eats on offer, and head over to University City to check out the new Shack on campus — no student I.D. required.
Shake Shack University City
When: Opening today, October 11
Where: Chestnut Square, 3200 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.shakeshack.com
The classic Shack Burger and a side of hand-cut fries at Shake Shack. (Photo by Evan Sung for Shake Shack)
The recently launched hand-cut french fries replace the classic crinkle cut in University City. (Photo by Evan Sung for Shake Shack)
The bacon-topped Smoke Shack burger and ShackMeister beer, brewed just for Shake Shack by Brooklyn Brewery. (Photo by Evan Sung for Shake Shack)