Imagine something better than In-N-Out. Can’t do it? Well, try this! The Mile-High rolled out the red carpet for its first ever Steak-N-Shake Restaurant, which, to me, is the much tastier equivalent to the west coast fast-food chain. I was first introduced to the greasy delights in the diner-style restaurant in 2006 when I moved to Springfield, Missouri. (Side note: The Midwest is where it’s known and where it was founded in 1934 in Normal, Illinois) The local joint quickly became the late-night after-bar gathering place for my friends and I where, yes, everyone knew your name – literally. When we would walk in at 2am on the weekends (or weeknights – who am I kidding?) the overnight waiter, Kenny, would smile from ear to ear and say, “Hi, Marybeth! Hi, Carlos! Grab a table!” Going to Steak-N-Shake was almost as ritual for us as going out to our favorite bars, and for good reason!
The menu has favorites to wet any appetite – The Original Steakburger, Signature Steak Franks, Chili Deluxe but my favorite is the Frisco Melt. Prepare your mouth for two Steakburgers with American and Swiss cheeses, on buttery, grilled sourdough with our sweet 'n tangy Frisco sauce, which is a combination of ketchup and mayo. With other menu items like hand dipped milk shakes and salty signature fries you won’t leave hungry! If you are watching calories, they have yummy salads to tide over the pickiest of eaters.
I have been stalking the arrival of Steak-N-Shake for months until finally finding out that the doors were opening in November 2011 at its Quebec/County Line location. My friends and I waited a week or two before venturing down south to try it out for lunch but when we got there, we quickly realized two weeks was not enough. With a drive thru line wrapped around the small restaurant and a walk-in line reaching not only out the door but spilling out to the parking lot, we quickly rose the white flag and had to search for another eatery for lunch (insert tear!)
Finally in February 2012, I brought 3 of my closest friends, one of whom is a fellow Steak-N-Shake Fanatic, there for dinner to thank them for helping me move and even though it was a Thursday night, months after opening, there was still at least a 30-minute wait for a table, so we opted for take out. But we made sure to make this inaugural trip to SNS (as I call it) memorable. We asked for their ‘50’s diner style white paper hats to wear and proceeded to take pictures and post them to Facebook. I am not kidding. Diners were probably thinking we were crazy but I didn’t care. It was fun and a night (and meal) to remember!