The Big Dog of the “gourmet” burger world—NYC’s restaurant mogul Danny Meyer—is today opening the third South Florida outpost of his burgeoning Shake Shack empire at the University Commons shopping center on Glades Road.
The Boca Shack joins siblings in South Beach and Coral Gables, dishing up 100-percent, all-natural Angus beef burgers, ground fresh daily, plus hot dogs in various guises, fries, shakes, sodas and desserts. Given its selection and prices (burgers range from $3.85 for a single patty plain to $8.90 for a double bacon-topped burger), expect the place to be swarmed with students from nearby FAU before opening day is out.
Two things of particular note. There will be plenty of outdoor seating to take advantage of South Florida’s general excellent weather, and desserts—in a nod to local producers—will come from West Palm’s own Sugar Monkey, owned by pastry chef Jennifer Reed (who also happens to be ex-Café Boulud chef Zach Bell’s wife). The “Burrowing Banana” certainly shook my shack, being an irresistible-sounding mélange of chocolate custard with a slice of the Monkey’s salted caramel banana cream pie.