Conquer a Cheeseburger Craving at the Sear Shack
After a long day of eating this Sunday (so exhausting) I was suddenly famished and had a monster craving for a cheeseburger. I wanted to try something new and a friend suggested the Sear Shack.
The Sear Shack has two Mid-South locations: one in East Memphis and one in Collierville. I’d heard good things about the Collierville location, which opened in August 2015, and the East Memphis location opened several weeks ago.
I went to the East Memphis one: it’s in the Sanderlin Center on the Fox & Hound side. It’s a casual, order-at-the-counter type place with friendly service. They’d decorated for the holidays, but otherwise had a clean and simple atmosphere typical of this genre of restaurant: fast casual.
How It Works
The Sear Shack offers Angus beef patties grilled to order (single or double), served on homemade buns, and you can add bacon, American cheese, or both. Then you add any or all of the “free” (read: included) toppings, one of which is Sear Sauce, which I hear is basically Big Mac sauce.
I appreciated this approach. Rather than choose which whimsically-named burger offers the closest approximation of the topping combo you want, you just…pick exactly what you want. The options are not overwhelming, and I mean that in the best way possible.
Then there are fries or cheese ‘n’ bacon fries and milkshakes – Nutella, salted caramel, vanilla, or chocolate. I ordered a single cheeseburger and a salted caramel milkshake, my friend got a single bacon cheeseburger and a chocolate shake, and we both got an order of fries. The total was $30.22.
How It Was
The short answer is: it was very tasty, I liked it, and I’ll be back. The burger is not a thick, grilled-to-medium gourmet contraption, but it’s a darn good burger. The fries, which were nicely crispy and good for dipping in more Sear Sauce, are hand-cut. It says this on the menu and also there’s a bin of potatoes sitting in the dining room in case you forget.
The milkshakes were magnificent and definitely worth an occasional splurge of both calories and price. Because us foodies can’t leave anything alone, my friend suggested mixing the caramel and the chocolate and now I need to try it. Need.
If we hadn’t gotten the $5.75 shakes, it would have been pretty affordable. The patties are thin (but also flavorful, juicy, and fresh) so maybe go for a double if you need to up your meat-to-bun ratio. Though the menu says that the fries serve one, we could have gotten away with splitting an order since we weren’t famished.
Pickle aficionados will appreciate their homemade ones available at the condiments stand. I’d love to see them swap out their BBQ sauce for a local version.
I’d heard (or maybe read) people comparing Sear Shack to the infamous Shake Shack chain. A quick Twitter poll showed that while there may be some similarities, it’s not the same.
Both Sear Shack locations are open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sear Shack Collierville
875 W. Poplar Avenue Suite #6
Sear Shack Memphis
5101 Sanderlin Ave Suite #103