Fresh Cut Fries Coming to D.C. Shake Shacks in 2 Weeks

Fresh to death. (Photo: Shake Shack)

Fresh to death. (Photo: Shake Shack)

Say goodbye to Shake Shack's crinkle cut fries, D.C., they're about to be kicked to the curb. In two weeks time, the frozen Ore-Ida-lookin' spuds at both D.C. locations will be replaced by the brand-spankin' new fresh cuts the burger joint announced last year. On April 15, the new twice-cooked fries start slinging at the DuPont Shack and then on the 16th they'll roll out to the F Street spot, a rep confirmed to us today. You'll still be able to get a crinkle cut fix at Nats Park as the stadium will continue to sell the frozen fries through the 2014 season. Next year, however, it's freshy-fresh time. While we'll always have a spot in our starchy hearts for the frozen suckers, we're looking forward to getting a piece of the new guys. What do you think of the switch? Shake Shack | 1216 18th Street NW | 800 F Street NW | DC |

  • I think it’s a mistake. Fresh cut fries isn’t something you can teach someone in a couple hours. Just go to Five Guys. It takes lots and lots and lots of practice and even then, you have a 50% failure rate which is why frozen crinkle cuts were invented in the first place. I’m withholding judgement until I try them but, judging by the reviews, they’re going to have some consistency problems depending on who’s manning the fryer.

    • I’m on the fence. I didn’t like the crinkle cuts at first, but in time I’ve grown to like them (but still don’t LOVE them). I’m a little sad they’re going but not enough to be broken up about it. Plus, given Shake Shack’s track record, I’m holding out hope the new guys will be suitable replacements.

  • RB3

    I’ve only had fresh-cuts from Shake Shack once. A week or two after they rolled them out, I went to NYC to give them a shot. (Yes, I went to New York to try out a new french fry. I take these things seriously.) I was unimpressed–I’d had much more interesting double-fried fries elsewhere. However, it was still within the window I would consider “training,” and I’ve been consistently pleased with the F street kitchen staff, so I’m cautiously optimistic.

    • RB3

      A quick follow-up: The DC staff had been practicing the fresh-cuts for at least a few weeks before the DC roll-out, and it shows: The DC fresh-cuts were much better than the NYC ones I had. I still wish they were a little thicker, but they aren’t bad at all.

      • Great to hear it. Hoping to get some of them this weekend.

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