Best Fast Food

Steak 'n Shake

No matter the time of day, if you're out and you're hungry, the red-and-white Steak 'n Shake sign gleams like the entrance to fast-food Valhalla. Stuck in a study group until 1 a.m.? Steak 'n Shake awaits your arrival. Need to feed the whole junior-varsity football team after a grueling two-a-day? Touchdown, Steak 'n Shake! Craving something that'll sop up the ill-advised Jäger bombs you chugged the night before? Steak 'n Shake can make it all better (caveat: Steak 'n Shake cannot undo drunk texts). Light-years better than those other fast-food guys — who keep their sandwiches and fries under the sad, pale glow of heat lamps — Steak 'n Shake makes your meal to order. That means you hear the sizzle of the grill and the whir of the mixer as you wait for your burger and milkshake to arrive. Then there's friendly table service and plentiful deals — like half-price drinks and shakes between 2 and 4 p.m. and 2 and 4 a.m. Still need a reason to go to Steak 'n Shake? Two words: Frisco melt. A paragon of the melt genre, the Frisco combines two Steakburgers with American cheese, Swiss cheese and addictive "Frisco sauce" — all nestled between slices of buttery grilled sourdough. Yeah, as long as the day ends in "y," it's a good time to go to Steak 'n Shake.

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