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Shake Shack opens in Dupont Circle

( Bruce Adams / For The Washington Post )

Updated, 1:48 p.m.

Going Out Guide’s Alex Baldinger braved the crowds to report on just how long the line got out front.

Updated, 12:04 p.m.

The Post’s Tim Carman has a great interview with the very first customer to line up outside Shack Shake. Meet Andy Lomeli.

Original Post:

Burger lovers: This is what you’ve been waiting for.

After much hype, Shake Shack is opening a restaurant in Dupont Circle today. It’s only the third location for the chain outside of New York state.

So, what’s all the buzz about? Shake Shack bills itself as a modern day “roadside” burger stand. In addition to burgers and hot dogs, the restaurant offers frozen custard, seasonal beers, crinkle fries and more — all with locally sourced ingredients.

Lines are so long at its original Madison Square Park store in New York City that Shake Shack has a Web cam , so patrons can time their visits to avoid the crowds.

Praise for Shake Shack borders on the cult-like.

“Best burger in Manhattan. And I will fight anyone who says otherwise,” wrote one reviewer on Yelp. “The cheese: amazing. The meat: amazing. The bun: amazing. The pickles: amazing. The bacon: amazing. Are you starting to see a trend here?”

The Dupont Circle store opened at 11 a.m. It’s at 1216 18th Street NW. A second Shake Shack will reportedly open at Nats Park later this year. Shake Shack is entering a crowded D.C. burger market.

Have you tried Shake Shack burgers? If so, how do they stand up to some of D.C.’s perennial favorite shops? Leave your answer in the comments.

More coverage:

Shake Shack coming to Dupont Circle in 2011

Tweets and photos from the Post’s Tim Carman:


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