Following Five Guys with expanding their business across the pond, Shake Shack has now come to London, too, and boy did they choose a spot, right in the heart of Covent Garden! The Shack offers pretty much everything an American diner would – burgers, hotdogs, shakes – so there’s really nothing unique about them. I was lured to this spot only because for a short period of time, they also offered corn dogs on their menu. A corn dog is basically a hotdog dipped in maize-flour batter, deep fried and served on a stick. Whenever I travel to the US, I always hunt for these bad boys.
So off I went and joined the long queue of people trying out the latest thing from Uncle Sam. Now, there is very little seating in this Shack. The majority of their space is occupied by their kitchen. The seating area is situated a few yards out in the centre of the market in Covent Garden. After you order they give you this device which is supposed to buzz and light up when your order is ready. During my first visit there, however, my device buzzed and lit at least 3x, and each time it was a false alarm. It was only after the 4th try that I finally had a taste of my corn dogs without being jet lagged. Was it worth it? Hmm… let’s put it this way, I certainly had better! But I’ll be back to try out the burgers.