Shake Shack

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1500 S Capitol St SE (at Nationals Park)
Washington, DC 20003

Slowly, Danny Meyer's Shake Shack is changing the landscape of the burger world. It started in Madison Square Park in 2001, with a hot dog cart created by Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy's first art installation. Fans of the cart lined up for three summers until USHG won the bid to open a permanent park kiosk. Then the real fun (and lines) started. The "roadside burger joint" started serving incredibly juicy burgers on potato rolls and rich, thick, creamy custards with mix-ins (concretes), and the best Chicago-style hot dog outside the Windy City. It took until 2007 for the Shack to stay open through winter, but it's since become a New York institution — and spread beyond its borders, immediately ranking among those locales best burgers. Menu additions, mash-ups, and location-specific items have followed at newly launched Shacks in New York, Connecticut, Florida, D.C., Philadelphia, the Middle East, and now London. Location specific items at the Nationals Park Shake Shack include Frisky fries and The National Pastime concrete. — Arthur Bovino, 11/20/2012

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  • You can't go wrong with any of the shake flavors!
  • They have food here.
  • Skip it. I love SS but it's not worth a 45+ minute wait in line behind an annoying middle school field trip. Go for one of the many Ben's outposts in the stadium and hit SS in DuPont later.
  • It's work a walk around Nats Stadium to find this spot (it's under the scoreboard, by the big patio). Hint: you can skip the wait if you're only ordering Concretes - look for the separate queue.
  • Get a Pilsner Urquell from CZ. Better than that Bud Water you all like to drink.
  • Better than most concessions, but not as smooth as regular Shake Shacks.
  • The portabello burger is delicious!
  • Get in line before the game or you're liable to miss 2 or 3 whole innings for your food. Faster and better options are located throughout the park.
  • What could be more American?
  • Decent hot dog. I really liked the cheese sauce.
  • The service has declined, and it wasn't ever great. Waiting time from back of line can now exceed 45 mins. Not worth it. Stop at Dupont Circle location before or after the game instead.
  • It's ballpark food with a twist. Just get ready for ballpark prices.
  • Beer and Baseball :)
  • Come in making gate and hang a left. Take either the stairs ( if you want to burn off calories before you eat!) or the escalator. Get here EARLY! Lines can get ridiculous! For yummy food!
  • Get the shack stack. Not on the menu but they'll make it for you
  • Taste the simple greatness that Shake Shack provides. The juices overflowing, the potato roll holding in all the components with perfection and the burger is pure bliss.
  • Don't bother. Quality is much lower than other locations. Go to DuPont after the game.
  • Burgers, dogs and shakes are where it's at - I love that they split & grill the hot dogs! Worth the wait.
  • Shackburger. Double only if you're crazy.
  • OMG - the Nat'l Pasttime Concrete is TDF!