Shake Shack. It started out as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001 and has become one of the fastest growing food chains, now with over 400 locations worldwide. They have a bit of a cult following. Their shakes are among the best in the business, and they have their own secret sauce. Their menu includes a collection of classic favorites including the ShackBurger, chicken burgers, hot dogs, and fries. They even serve beer and wine. One interesting concept is that they customize the beverage menu at each location. While they have plenty to love on the regular menu, there is of course a Shake Shack Secret Menu with ordering and DIY hacks to create something special.
Shake Shack is making their debut in Orange County in the Summer of 2023. The first OC location is opening at the Irvine Spectrum Center. The company also has plans to open two additional locations in Costa Mesa (329 East 17th Street) and Huntington Beach. The Huntington Beach location is planned to have a drive-thru.
So, what are you going to order first?
Shake Shack Secret Menu
Build Your Own Grilled Cheese
There’s already a grilled cheese on the menu, but you can make use of their other toppings to make your own creation. Get creative: they’ve got bacon, Shack Sauce, white truffle oil, lettuce, tomato, cherry peppers, cucumbers, pickles, and onions. They even have more than just American cheese, like fontina, cheddar, and muenster.
It’s not on the menu board, but you can ask for a BLT and they’ll make it for you. And the classic BLT sandwich always hits the spot, especially when it’s made with the soft potato buns.
Shake Shack offers the Shroom Burger for vegetarians, but is there a vegetarian hot dog option? There is now. Ask for a garden dog and they’ll swap out the dog for a pickle, then add all the fresh veggie toppings you’d like.
Ice Cream Sandwich
Who doesn’t love an ice cream sandwich? Just order your favorite frozen custard and a side of grilled burger buns. Spoon your custard onto your potato buns, and you’re in dessert heaven.
Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
If you’re a peanut butter fan, you’re going to want to try this. Order a bacon ShackBurger and request a side of peanut sauce. Drizzle the sauce over your patty and you’re in business!
Just like our SoCal staple In-N-Out, you can get any of your burgers (or dogs) protein style at Shake Shack. They’ll remove the potato buns and replace them with butter lettuce for wrapping.
The Shack-cago Dog is a crowd favorite. Just ask for your dog to be topped with pickles, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.
Shack Sauce & Cheese Fries
You can already order cheese fries at Shake Shack. They top their crinkle cut fries with their house cheese sauce. You can even get them with bacon. But you can make your fries even better by adding a side of Shack Sauce to your order. Want more ways to customize your fries?
- Ask them to throw some grilled onions on top!
- Ask for chopped peppers on top.
- Ask for a side of White Truffle Oil.
Shake Shack Cheese Dog
Shake Shack started as a hot dog stand, so the hot dogs here definitely don’t disappoint. But if you’re in the mood for more than just a traditional dog, why not add some cheese? Everything’s better with cheese. Ask for melted cheddar and American, or ask for cheese sauce. Hey, while you’re at it, you can even ask for a side of Shack Sauce
Shake Shack Quad Burger
Got an appetite? See if you can consume the Quad Burger. Just order any Shake Shack Burger and ask for 4 meat patties.
Shake Shack Shandy
Shake Shack serves beer and wine so you can even create your own drink specials. Order your favorite beer, and your favorite lemonade, then ask for an extra glass. Pour part of the beer into the empty cup then fill it the rest of the way with the lemonade. Boom. Happy Hour!
Smoke Shack Chicken Sandwich
This is an easy one to order. Just ask for a Smoke Shack Sandwich and request it with chicken instead of beef.
Shake Shack: What’s On The Menu
Different Shake Shack locations sometimes have different menu options and ingredients, so you can use your locations’ options to make even more creative secret menu options. Menus also change from time to time so they may not have the same things available over time. But the standard menu items that Shake Shack features includes:
- Angus Beef Burgers
- Portobello Mushroom Burgers
- Chicken Burgers
- Hot Dogs
- Chicken Bites
- Crinkle Cut Fries
- Bacon Cheese Fries
- White Truffle Parmesan Fries
- Frozen Custard
- Cheese Sauce
- American Cheese
See more Secret Menus in Orange County
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Shake Shack open on holidays?
Most locations are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, with reduced hours on New Years Eve. Some locations may have reduced hours on Independence day. Hours may vary by location.
What time does Shake Shack open?
Most Shake Shacks open at 10:30AM or 11:00AM. Hours vary by location.
What time does Shake Shack close?
Shake Shack hours vary by location. Most Shake Shacks close anywhere from 9:30 to 11:00PM
Does Shake Shack serve breakfast?
No, Shake Shack does not serve breakfast.
What is Shack Sauce?
Shack Sauce is a mayo-based sauce mixed with ketchup, mustard, and spices for a spicy, sweet, and sour flavor.
Is there an app for Shake Shack?
Shake Shack has an app available for Apple and Android. You can order online, schedule delivery, access in-app offers, get access to special items, and more.
Can you order Shake Shack online?
You can order Shake Shack online at ShakeShack.com or on the Shake Shack app. You can also order Shake Shack through several popular meal delivery apps like Grub Hub and PostMates.
Does Shake Shack have gift cards?
Yes! Shake Shack sells physical and digital gift cards that can be purchased in-store and online.
Does Shake Shack have dessert?
Yes, Shake Shack serves a variety of dessert items including shakes, frozen custard, and floats.
Does Shake Shack serve alcohol?
Yes, Shake Shack serves beer and wine.
Is Shake Shack Halal?
Shake Shack menu items are not halal.
Is Shake Shack Kosher?
Shake Shack locations in the United States are not kosher.
When was Shake Shack founded?
Chef Danny Meyer started Shake Shack as a hot dog stand in 2001 in Madison Square Park in New York. In 2004, the cart became a permanent kiosk-style restaurant. It is still open today.
Who owns Shake Shack?
Shake Shack is a publicly traded company where the majority of ownership is comprised of institutional investors.
Where are Shake Shack’s Headquarters?
Shake Shack’s headquarters are located in New York at 225 Varick Street #301, New York, NY 10014.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.