I have a couple items on the menu that I get on a regular basis. They serve Coke Zero, which is one of my usual drinks. At Steak 'n Shake, you can at a shot of cherry or vanilla flavoring to your drink. I get a shot of cherry in my Coke Zero often. I also love the chili, whether it's just a cup with my meal, or a Chili Five Way, which is Spaghetti, Chili, Chili Sauce, Onions, and Cheese.
Ian with our Shakes
I usually skip the shakes at Steak 'n Shake, because I'm lactose intolerant. But because I decided to review the restaurant, I thought I better try one of it's name sakes. I got the White Chocolate Milk Shake, and Ian got the Cookie Dough Milk Shake. The White Chocolate Milk Shake was pretty amazing! It's one of their specialty milk shakes for the Christmas season. They also must use quality milk/dairy products, because I didn't end up with the head ache or sickness I expected to suffer for choosing to have one.
Cup of Chili
I started my meal with a cup of Chili. I got it loaded with cheese and onions. The Steak 'n Shake chili has a more of a sharp taste, not exactly spicy, but not a sweet flavor. You can get the chili with or without beans, or just get the beans. Getting the cup of chili was right amount of food to kick off my meal.
Chicken Fingers Meal
I got the Chicken Fingers meal as my dinner. It starts at $3.99. I added cheese and the chili to the meal, which makes it more expensive. Honey Mustard sauce or BBQ sauce is available for the chicken fingers. Sometimes, the size of the chicken fingers is hit and miss. This evening, they are a bit on the small size. I commented on this one time to one of the servers, and she basically laughed in my face, and said, "What did you expect for $3.99?" Well, I just expect something worth eating. That's all. The fries are shoe string fries, or really skinny. I get the cheese sauce to dip them in. It's a normal cheddar cheese sauce. When I realized, the chicken fingers being served were not going to get any bigger, is when I started always getting a cup of chili to go with this meal.
The Santa Fe Steak Burger and Fries
Every month or two, Steak 'n Shake has a specialty burger. This month, they served the Santa Fe Steak Burger.
As described by the Steak 'n Shake web site: Inspired by the flavors of the Southwest, we’ve topped our Double Steakburger with melted Monterey Jack cheese and pico de gallo, jalapenos, crispy red tortilla strips and our guacamole ranch sauce!
Ian said, he liked the Santa Fe Burger. It had some spice, but it wasn't too spicy.
Ian also likes the season salt that is available on the table on his french fries.
I didn't start going to Steak 'n Shake until college. After that, going there became almost a weekly event. As an adult, I've grown to love the casualness of the restaurant, and I always know the food that is served will probably be exactly the same, no matter which location I go to.
I'm sad for my friends and family out west that don't have Steak 'n Shakes to eat at! At the moment, the furthest west location is in Las Vegas, NV. There are any north or west of there.
If you are visiting from the west or have never been to a Steak 'n Shake, I would recommend trying it.