The arrival of Dallas’ first Shake Shack was met with a pretty ridiculous amount of fanfare. After a months-long wait for the NYC-based burger chain to make its debut near The Crescent, Thursday’s opening was met with folks lined up outside waiting for their first taste of Shake Shack.
The restaurant expected its first fans to line up around 8 a.m., but the first person in line was there bright and early at 5 a.m. From there, the crowds only began to thicken. When Shake Shack finally opened the doors just before 11 a.m., burger enthusiasts were lined up around the block.
Eater photographer Kathy Tran braved the madness on opening day to provide an up close and personal look at your new favorite burger spot.
The menu at Shake Shack is pretty straightforward. Burgers can be topped with Niman Ranch bacon, mushrooms, cheese, and a link of Pecan Lodge’s famous smoked sausage. The Chicken Shack provides a break from beef, and a selection of hot dogs (like the Shack-cago Dog) are on offer for those people (if they exist) who aren’t fans of burgers. Order your fries straight-up, or add cheese & bacon if you’re feeling fancy.
Inside the box-shaped restaurant, there’s plenty of seating if you happen to show up during a lull in the rush.
A spacious patio offers room to spread out once you’ve finally made your way through the line with a Link Burger in tow. When you’re full, spread out in one of the adirondack chairs and loosen that belt.
Go forth to Shake Shack, and bask in the beauty of new burgers.