Here and there: Shake Shack

Oh yes, burger joints do abound all over the world and diners have their choice of where to get their burger fix.

The challenge, really, is for the burger establishment to have something extra going for it that will drive people to seek it out, try its offerings and (hopefully!) come back for more.

While it started out as a roadside food stall (that didn’t even sell burgers!) in Manhattan, Shake Shack has evolved into a burger eatery with a fine dining mentality, where high quality versions of the usual burger joint offerings are served up in a more upscale setting.

During a family trip to the US nearly three years ago, we decided to have our lunch at ShakeShack’s outlet along Hollywood Boulevard.

It seemed to be a popular joint as we had to line up for a few minutes before getting to the counter.

Shake Shack
Shake Shack
Shake Shack
Shake Shack

We tried an assortment of burgers such as the ShackBurger (ShakeShack’s famous cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce), the Shroom Burger (crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melter muenster and cheddar cheese topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce), and the SmokeShack (cheeseburger with Applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShakeSauce) which we all found to be very tasty and filling enough to fuel us for the rest of our sightseeing that day.

Of course our order wouldn’t have been complete without ShakeShacks crinkle-cut fries and shakes.

Shake Shack
Shake Shack
Shake Shack
Shake Shack

It was among the foodie experiences that we had in the States that we wish could be replicated back home in the Philippines.

And wouldn’t you know it: by the time we got back to Manila, Shake Shack was already here!

It opened its first store in Bonifacio Global City in May 2019, a second branch in SM Mega Fashion Hall in December of the same year, a third one in Greenbelt Makati in October 2020, and finally, a fourth outlet in Alabang Town Center in July 2021.

Well, life got in the way so we haven’t been able to visit any of these local outlets from the time we got back, until Hubby and I went on an errand run in SM Megamall recently.

There, we espied Shake Shack’s sprawling premises while we were walking around, and decided to have lunch right then and there.

Shake Shack
Shake Shack

While I decided to go for a ShackBurger, Hubby went for a Chick’n Shack (crispy-fried chicken breast with lettuce, pickles and buttermilk herb mayo).

To complete our meal, we also got some crinkle-cut fries and softdrinks.

Shake Shack
Shake Shack
Shake Shack
Shake Shack

Because of COVID restrictions, there were not a lot of people in the place (only fully vaccinated people can dine in) and just a fraction of the store’s capacity is allowed to be used.

Now that the restrictions are loosening, I hope I can bring the kids over soon so we can relive one of our fun-filled adventures.

Shake Shack’s outlets are located in the following areas:

  • Central Square, Bonifacio Global City (open daily from 10am to 9pm | Tel +63 2 82553240)
  • Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall (open daily from 10am to 9pm | Tel +63 2 83664059)
  • Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center Makati (open daily from 10am to 9pm | Tel +63 2 79336824)
  • Corte de las Palmas, Alabang Town Center (open daily from 10am to 8pm)

Shake Shack also delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Nashville-style chicken from Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Nashville, Tennessee is the home of country music, Taylor Swift and a special kind of fried chicken.

The famous Nashville Hot Chicken got its moniker from its flaming spiciness, owed to the cayenne pepper-infused paste applied to the fried chicken.

Ray’s Hot Chicken

It’s said to have a pretty interesting history too. Back in the 1930’s, the girlfriend of womanizer Thornton Prince III served him fried chicken for breakfast after his night of carousing. She heavily doused the chicken with cayenne pepper, hoping that the resulting dish will be too hot for the Lothario. However, he ended up liking it so much that he and his brothers developed their own recipe and opened the first many hot chicken joints in Nashville.

Today, the Nashville Hot Chicken is considered one of the city’s most popular attractions. This dish is commonly served as a freshly fried quarter chicken breast, doused in a cayenne pepper paste on top of two bread slices with a side of pickles and the diner’s choice of sauce among varying degrees of hotness. In the spirit of Thornton’s love for late-night shenanigans, the Nashville Hot Chicken proved to be popular among late diners.

The good news is that we Pinoys don’t have to go halfway across the world to get a taste of this Nashville import, thanks to the newly launched Ray’s Hot Chicken. With a dine-in and delivery store along Taft Avenue (right next to sister-store Zark’s Burger) and delivery outlets in Eastwood City, BF and Makati, Ray’s Hot Chicken is now ready to serve the biggest and baddest chicks to the metro.

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Heat levels include Weak, No Spice, Sweet Yet Spicy, Nashville Hot and F*ckin’ Hot.

Check out some of its best sellers!

Dirty Nachos (Php169). Crunchy nachos topped with chili con carne, cheese sauce and corn kernels.

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Nashville Hot Double Chicken Sandwich with Bacon (Php379). A meaty combo of two hot chicken breasts topped with crispy bacon between buttery brioche-like buns

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Sweet Yet Spicy Hot Chicken Sandwich (Php189). Don’t let its dash of sweetness fool you; this sassy sandwich still has a lot of spice!

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

F*ckin Hot Wings (Php299/8 pcs). Well, there’s hot and then, there’s f*ckin’ hot. When it comes to these flavorful, juicy and spicy wings, how brave are you? (Tip: get several bowls of rice ready.)

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

If you still have some extra room in your tummy (or you want to take a rest from all those cayenne-fueled spiciness), grab a serving or two of classic sides such as Corn (Php45) or Mac ‘N Cheese (Php45), then wash your meal down with an icy glass of minty Nojito (Php50).

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

So if you feel you can take the heat, why not get yourself some of these Nashville-style spicy deliciousness from Ray’s Hot Chicken?

Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

Ray’s Hot Chicken is located at Ground Floor, Burgundy Building, Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, open daily for dine-in and delivery.

Other outlets open for delivery via GrabFood are located in Eastwood, BF and Makati.

Disclosure: Food items were delivered to facilitate an honest review.

Ray's Hot Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Get ’em big and hawt at Howl Chicken

Got an appetite for tender and juicy chicken that’s also big and hawt, hawt, hawt?

Howl Chicken will soon be howlin’ right in your neighborhood servin’ up oversized nuggets and hearty chicken sandwiches.

Howl Chicken, Libis

Inspired by places in the US with distinct takes on fried chicken, Howl brings big flavorful servings for big appetites in four delish flavors.

Curious yet? Check these out:

Southern Classic. A Southern California favorite which consists of crispy fried chicken with sesame seeds and served with a side of honey.

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howlin’ Chicken on Waffles (Php199)
Howlin’ Chicken (Php169 for 4 pcs | Php319 for 8 pcs)
On rice (Php189) | On sandwich (Php189)

Queens. Named after largest borough, this fried chicken variant is crispy and flavored with honey barbecue sauce, topped with a healthy helping of ‘shrooms and served with garlic ranch sauce.

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howlin’ Chicken on Sandwich (Php189)
Howlin’ Chicken (Php169 for 4 pcs | Php319 for 8 pcs)
On rice (Php189) | On waffles (Php199)

Nashville. With the home of country music as its namesake, this fried chicken is extra hot with its jalapeno topping plus its hefty dose of cheese sauce.

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howlin’ Chicken on Rice (Php189)
Howlin’ Chicken (Php169 for 4 pcs | Php319 for 8 pcs)
On sandwich (Php189) | On waffles (Php199)

New Orleans. Get a taste of the Big Easy with this hot and crispy chicken served with Cajun sauce and topped with bacon bits.

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howlin’ Chicken on Rice (Php189)
Howlin’ Chicken (Php169 for 4 pcs | Php319 for 8 pcs)
On sandwich (Php189) | On waffles (Php199)

Did you know you can Build Yo’ Own Howl? Here’s how:

  1. Choose your Howl Chicken (Php169 for 4 pcs | Php319 for 8 pcs | Php189 on rice | Php189 on sandwich | Php199 on waffles)
  2. Select your preferred flavor (Original | Honey BBQ | Hot | Hotter)
  3. Pick your sauce (Cheesy | Cajun | Ranch | Honey)
  4. Put your favorite toppings (Bacon | Mushroom | Sesame Seeds | Jalapeno)

That’s not all!

You can also get the party started with some servings of Cheesy Jalapeno (Php119) and Bacon Cheesy Jalapeno (Php139) Nachos, crunchy tortilla chips topped with jalapeno slices and doused with cheese sauce.

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howl Chicken, Libis

All that food will work up quite a thirst so get yo’ self a drink (Howl Brewed Iced Tea | Brewed Coffee | Iced Coffee | Iced Latte) for just Php79.

Howl Chicken, Libis

Get your appetites ready for Howl which will open four branches – Eastwood, Taft, Glorietta and BF Paranaque – for delivery via GrabFood and Lala Food.

Howl Chicken, Libis

Howl Chicken, Libis

Download the Grab App and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Download the LalaFood App and get a free delivery coupon when you use my code: BEINGJMR53.

This Howl branch is located at Eastwood Citywalk 2, Libis, Quezon City.

Howl Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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