Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunday Night Post

Folks were here this weekend. Hi Mom and Dad!

Here's a creepy video.

Here's a fun video, thanks to JimD. Requires sound.

My advice that I learned this evening... avoid the Steak 'n Shake on I-35 when headed south out of town. I still feel queasy.

I thought the Steank 'n Shake would be small, cheap steaks (crazy me) and maybe steak fries, but no. Instead it's a chain of lo-fi, incredibly greasy burgers teamed with shakes featuring fake banana flavoring.

Apparently Steak n' Shake is some mid-western transplant that has decided to become even more of a corporate giant and so has set up shop in the new ginormous shopping area that has taken over the land once oocupied by music venue "Southpark Meadows". As goes Austin, Soutpark Meadows is now a huge strip mall with BOTH a Wal-Mart and Super Target. But it has a Jason's Deli, so I forgive it (mmmmm... Bird to the Wise...)


Anyway, Steak 'n Shake is not too far from our house, and I was sort of glad to be trying a new place with only Jamie and myself as the victims. But... It's been 3.5 hours and I still don't feel well.

And I'll eat anything. Seriously. I'm like a goat.

I salute the folks who ate there and didn't feel funky afterward. It was packed, so I assume Steak 'n Shake is going ot make it. It's just unlikely they'll get any more of my shekles.

I honestly think we do a little better than the actual burgers in Texas at places you think of as a last resort such as Shortstop. And, honestly, Shortstop's fries are better. I think I'm just used to a better cut of meat. And Californians who love them some In 'n Out Burger would be more than slightly appalled.

The weird part if that this place is basically a fastfood joint with waitresses. There seems to be no real reason this place isn't an order at the counter sort of joint, but you have to be seated, which seriously raised my expectations for the quality of meal I was going to have. The really weird part is that the price of the food is low enough that I had to round way up to feel okay about the tip I left our waitress (who was hustling, man).

Anyhow, it seems unlikely Steak 'n Shake will see the likes of the League once again. Until some night when I decide I really want a banana shake.

I am weak.


J.S. said...

You ate at a place called Steak 'n shake, and you're surprised that you don't feel well?

Also, why does Jim Dedman want me dead?

The League said...

why wouldn't he?

Anonymous said...

There used to be a Steak-N-Shake in Spring, Texas, back in the 1970s. My memory is that it was wonderful. My whole family loved it, and when S-n-S pulled out of Texas in the early '80s, we were disappointed. (they opened a Grandy's in its place on FM 1960)

Maybe they've changed. Or maybe you hit them on a bad day. But all I know is that when I was 7, Steak & Shake was awesome.

Anonymous said...

Stean 'n Shakes are all over TN. I've never eaten there, but I hear their shakes are pretty good.

The League said...

Well, I assure you, those burgers were grease bombs. Neither I nor Jamie felt well last night.

The shake was made of real ice cream and was okay, except for the fact that the banana flavoring was clearly the same sort of artificial banana favoring they use in Laffy Taffy. It was just sorta not good. How hard is it to throw a banana into a blender?

I think their logo was last updated in the 1970's, if it makes you feel any better.

J.S. said...

Nostalgia is a weapon.

Anonymous said...

Anger is a gift.