For diners who've already bitten into one of Shake Shack's juicy cheeseburgers, the fast-casual franchise needs no introduction. But for the uninitiated, here's a primer: Founded in 2004, Shake Shack was born from a single hot dog cart in Manhattan's Madison Square Park. Nowadays, the "modern-day roadside burger stand," as the restaurant puts it, boasts more than 35 Shake Shack locations worldwide.
Here in KOP, there's a Shake Shack just on the fringe of the King of Prussia Mall Plaza parking lot. Opened in 2013, the location earns the unique distinction of being one of two solar-powered Shake Shacks, but the menu offerings here are identical to what you'll find at Shake Shack locations worldwide: wax paper-wrapped burgers, griddled hot dogs, and crinkle cut fries, all of which bolster the franchise's all-American, old-school vibe by being made to-order. Dessert isn't overlooked here, either: Straws stand upright in Shake Shack's hand-spun milkshakes, while Concretes tempt a sweet tooth with spoonfuls of creamy custard blended with the diner's choice of candies, cookies, and sauces.
Shake Shack's King of Prussia location is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The promise of draught beer and wine by the glass up the franchise's popularity; expect a wait.