Tuesday, September 11, 2012
One of our favorites things about the concretes at Shake Shack is that they play with the local color/flavors. For the New Haven Shack I was expecting some sort of play on Yale Blue with blueberries and ding, ding, ding...we have:
Boola Boola Blue: vanilla custard, blueberry jam, slice of lemon pie.
In the dessert realm, Clare's Corner Copia's Lithuanian Coffee Cake is a beloved local favorite. I kept thinking...would they do a coffee cake concrete? How would that work? Well, boom...I was right again...
Elm City Coffee Break: vanilla custart, coffee cake marshmallow sauce, shortbread cookie, caramelized pecans
I copied the description directly from the menu and I'm assuming that there should be a comma between "coffee cake" and "marshmallow sauce." This is a nice nod to Lithuanian Coffee Cake and New Haven's time honored indie coffeehouse tradition.
The third concrete was a total surprise to me and well played...
Skull & Cones: Chocolate & vanilla custard, shattered sugar cone, peanut butter sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough
Though I'm kind of pulling for a extra special "Wafflepoof" concrete might be in order--I'm thinking Chocolate custard, marshmallow sauce, sugar cone pieces, chocolate covered crisped rice puffs. And next year when The Game is at Yale Bowl there should be some sort of special concrete...
Other nice New Haven nods on the menu...
Foxon Park Root Beer! This excellent natural soda company out of East Haven is a local favorite and their root beer (and birch beer!) are awesome.
Also pleased to see a little nod to Yale's mascot with the "Handsome Dog," a Vienna all-beef dog topped with Shack cheese sauce and crispy ShackMeister Ale marinated onions. Here's the full menu:
Shake Shack New Haven
986 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511