By far the best burger and shake in town.
Shake Dog in Cornmarket, Wexford, just opposite the Art's Centre is Wexford's American style diner, and a couple of months ago acquired a new manager.
New management has brought consistency and freshness to all the food served and without a doubt they serve the best burger and shake in town. You can get a mean meal for €12 which consists of any burger/Dog, any side and a drink. This time around I went for a Smoke House Burger, side of BBQ wings and a vanilla shake. For those wary about extra carbs you can get any of the burgers without the bun if you want (WTF - just eat the whole burger fat-ass!).
So, it's all about the burger. I used to feel a little silly going to a restaurant and ordering a burger but in the last few years burger creations have got fantastic. If you have ever been to Bobo's in Dublin you will know what I am talking about. Every burger gets compared to theirs (my fave is the small one on Wexford street.)
Returning to the Smoke House, when building a burger it's all about the combinations of flavour and texture. Every burger doesn't need to be smothered in ketchup, tasteless iceburg lettuce and cheap yucky cheese. Shake Dog gets the combination just right. A lovely fresh toasted bun, and from the bottom up - nice zingy relish, an amazing juicy burger, smoked cheese, slice of bacon, burger sauce and topped off with a fab lightly battered onion ring.
After this humongous burger, the BBQ wings were tasty and light with a zingy sauce and washin' it down with what seemed like a never-ending vanilla milkshake, all I can say is "stuffed.com"
There was great music playing & whilst their service is not quite up to the standard of another huge american franchise the food is equally as good. The venue is spotless and completely wheelchair accessible.
I give Shake Dog a 9 out of 10 planets. it loses half a point because Bobo's burgers are the standard that any burger gets judged against and the service could be a little sharper - but that's really nit-picking. All in all, a great experience and I would have no problem recommending my friends to fill their gullet holes at Shake Dog in Wexford.
John the Captain Ryan.