The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 July 2005

Okay, I'm slow

Summer of 1972. I've wangled a day away from Fort Leonard Wood, and a trio of us have descended on St Louis, where we've planned a period of drinking and debauchery.

Well, we didn't drink much, and if any debauching was done, I missed it. But I got my first taste of Steak n Shake (It's a Meal), and I said to myself that I should definitely do this again sometime.

That "sometime" turned out to be today, a mere 33 years later. Admittedly, the company didn't expand into Oklahoma until recently. Still, it's not like I managed to avoid their territory for a third of a century; my daughter lives within three miles of one, and, well, there are all those World Tours.

It didn't hurt that this particular location dates back to the days of Route 66 and was within walking distance of my hotel. Given the sheer caloric count, I surely needed the walk. I should definitely do this again sometime, preferably before I turn 84.

Posted at 6:58 PM to Worth a Fork

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We have one in Edmond!

Posted by: Dan at 10:08 PM on 18 July 2005

And one's coming to the city, which will further reduce the available pool of excuses.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:44 AM on 19 July 2005

Steak n' Shake is on my permanent sh*t list. The last three times I went there, I got the absolute crappiest service one could get -- no waiter/waitress until 15 minutes after sit-down, wrong orders, the whole gamut. Frankly, the food's more hype than substance for me (steakburger? please, it's a cheap mash-up of ground beef, and the fries are more grease than potato, lower quality than even McD's), and it's simply not worth the aggravation.

There's been a location right down the road from me for years. It never enters my mind to pull in.

Posted by: CT at 8:13 AM on 19 July 2005

We have encountered less-than-stellar service at our local Steak 'n' Shake, but as a rule we've been quite pleased with them.

But if I had gotten crappy service three times in a row, I'd think differently -- so I'm not going to call CT wrong. After all, his gripe about SnS sounds just like my until-last-night gripe against Ruby Tuesday.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:55 AM on 19 July 2005

Having had both, I much prefer Johnnie's (Charcoal Broiler).

Posted by: Dan at 10:21 AM on 19 July 2005

Ours is always busy and sometimes staggeringly so which might explain the slow service. I have never encountered it though. They always come right around with drink refills and to clear the table and offer you more :) Plus it always appears there are plenty of people on duty.

Posted by: ms7168 at 11:31 AM on 19 July 2005

Holy Crap, Oklahoma has Steak 'n' Shakes now? Jeez, I've GOTTA move back.

Posted by: Cam at 12:36 PM on 19 July 2005

Had my first bite of In-N-Out this past week. They have Steak & Shake beat by a mile.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 4:05 PM on 19 July 2005

Atmosphere counts (almost) as much as food, so I figure I might have given this place some extra points for its Genuine Retro Ambience, but I don't regret it for a moment.

I kind of doubt the Edmond location has this same sort of appeal, but I will check it out.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:13 PM on 19 July 2005