Shake Shack is known for burgers, but our origins are in hot dogs. The original concept for Shake Shack began as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001, founded by Danny Meyer to fund an art exhibit called “I <3 Taxi.” The cart sold hot dogs for three summers until 2004, when Shake Shack was born as a permanent kiosk.
Inspired by his Midwestern roots, Danny’s quest for the perfect dog led him to Vienna Beef, a Chicago-based hot dog manufacturer founded in 1893. Vienna Beef sent samples to Danny and the tasting crew, and the rest is hot dog history!
Vienna Beef still supplies the meat for the delicious Flat-Top Dogs found in all our domestic Shacks. The most famous of these dogs is our signature Shack-cago Dog®, a flat-top hot dog with Rick’s Picks Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery and mustard.
Interested in trying the Shack-cago Dog® at home? Grab a griddle and a copy of our debut cookbook, “Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories,” which reveals the recipe and grillin’ techniques! We also dish on the Flat-Top Dogs of Shack’s past, including the Deli Dog, Taxi Dog, Chili Dog and Cheddar Bacon Dog.
Photos by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton
Pre-order the book before its official release on May 16th, grab a ShackMeister Ale and get ready to welcome summer by grillin’ up Shack faves. Keep your eyes on our blog for more deets on what’s in store in the book!