The Shack is a fairly new burger joint in Cypress, TX. Located in the middle of no-man’s land, The Shack keeps customers coming back with their extensive burger menu, ample selection of beers, and unusually laid back atmosphere. Lets just say the entire experience is unusual.
The Shack; What an appropriate name.
I headed to The Shack with a few friends on a Saturday night. The weather was perfect for an outdoor adventure. When we arrived, I was surprised to see how many people were in the parking lot. The Shack is located in the middle of farmlands. It just seems out of place, and to have this many cars there was shocking. It took us about 5 minutes to get into the parking lot before settling the car down in an open muddy spot.
As we entered The Shack, we were greeted by the hostess and informed of an hour long wait. Seeing as it took us about that long to drive here, we decided to wait it out.
The wait only took about 20 minutes and we were seated at a picnic table just outside the back door. All of the seating at The Shack is outdoors. For this time of the year it was perfect weather; Almost on the verge of being cold!
Looking at the menu, I was astonished to see how many different burgers they had. All of their burgers are made from fresh beef and have a wonderful taste on their own. But, The Shack basks itself in the glory of novelty burgers. Out of 18 burgers currently on the menu, only a handful resemble regular hamburgers. With toppings ranging from Asian fusion brisket and Cheetos to caramlized bananas and Thai peanut sauce, The Shack has just the burger for everyone.
I chose the M’s Burger, Complete with Gruyere cheese, green onion, and slab bacon. I’m not the biggest fan of novelty burgers and I wanted to see what kind of flavor this place was capable of dealing out. Plus, I just really like to say Gruyere. “GRUYERE”. Classy.
The others at the table put their taste buds on the line with choices like the mac and cheeseburger, the 1836 (with chorizo, guacamole, refried bean spread, queso fresca), and the Texas flood (cheese stuffed burger, with cheese on top!).
We were also informed that the kitchen was all out of Brisket. Too bad, because the Southern Rock Fries ,topped with brisket, bacon and cheese, sounded wonderful. I went with my second choice of cheese fries.
Now the adventure was starting to unfold. We waited, and waited, and waited (I could go on, and on, and on….). Finally an order of fries appeared! Yucca fries. Delicious. And then we waited, and waited, and waited.
Burgers. Served on a giant metal pizza pan. Stacked to the sky! These bad boys looked and smelled heavenly. I quickly chomped into this burger. The beef was the dominating flavor. The ratio of fat to lean in the grind was perfect. The meat was very loosely packed in the patty, allowing the burger to be airy rather than dense. The Gruyere, and the bacon paired very nicely. And the onion tied everything together.
And the cheese fries….Hey wait! Where the hell are my cheese fries! I like to eat burgers and fries, not burgers then fries. Our waitress informed us that the fry cook is “going on strike” and we may be lucky to get our fries. Hmm….
My cheese fries, as well as my friend Zach’s fries, came out about ten minutes after we finished our burgers. Not the greatest. Average at best. They would have been better paired with my burger.
Hey, what the heck!!! I just saw a waitress go by with an order of fries with BRISKET on top?
For as good as the burgers are, the service is poor. Maybe that’s the trade off. Good burgers, poor service? Well in my opinion, both quality food and quality service are achievable. This place is crawling with teenage employees with no clear direction.
It’s worth a visit for the burgers. But, I’ll let you judge for yourself.
16602 Cypress Rosehill Rd
Cypress, TX 77429