Soon after our plane landed in Indianapolis on Christmas Eve, my parents, Jessica, and I headed to the nearby Steak ‘N Shake in one of my favorite traditions. Luckily, they were open until early evening on Christmas Eve and we slid into a booth in plenty of time to order and eat before closing.
I had been missing the delicious fresh thin patty Steakburger for quite some time and was glad to be able to get my fix. On my last visit, I had experimented with the new Steak ‘n Shake Sliders which were less than optimum. I wasn’t taking any chances, so I went with the classic Double Steakburger with Cheese and a side of fries.
I’m a fan of the fresh beef Steakburgers that are smashed thin and flat on the grill with a metal press. The edges start to get a delicious crispness. The tops and bottoms of the buns are lightly toasted on the griddle along with the thin burger patties.
The very thin cut fries are among my favorite. They’re frozen, not fresh, but the thinness allows them to cook up very crisp.
Jessica made a brave choice and tried the new Guacamole Burger that was added to the menu. I think this was either a limited time burger option or an unsuccessful one because it’s no longer on the Steak ‘N Shake website. In any case, this was a single thin patty burger topped with guacamole and pepper jack cheese. The combination of creamy, cool guacamole and spicy cheese was interesting, but I’m not sure how successful it was. Jessica’s complaint is that the Steakburgers are too greasy for her delicate insides which has a lot less to do with the actual guacamole on top than the actual burger.
My dad got a patty melt and my mom got the Frisco melt. Both versions are classics, served up on buttered toast with melted cheese. The patty melt comes as a double with American cheese and caramelized onions on Rye toast. The Frisco melt comes as a double with both Swiss and American cheese and Frisco Sauce, a bright orange thousand island dressing, on sourdough toast. Both of these tend to be my go to choices at Steak ‘N Shake. There’s something about the crispness of the toast (and the butter) that improves the overall texture and works well with the very thin patties. I also like the sweet and tangy dressing countering the mellow creamy Swiss cheese on the Frisco melt. Definitely a classic.
Somehow we overlooked getting the very excellent baked beans with our burgers. On one of my trips home, my dad ordered both fries and baked beans with his burger. And the baked beans never arrived. And we’ve been hearing about it almost every visit since. The baked beans come in a little ceramic crock and are a little sweet, a little tangy, really quite an excellent side with a Steak ‘N Shake burger and the thin fries.
I love going to Steak ‘N Shake when I get the chance, truly a Midwestern classic chain serving up delicious fresh beef thin patty burgers. The fries are as good as the burgers. Thanks for being open late on Christmas Eve.
Verdict: Classic greatness.