a few weeks back, i'm not exactly sure when, i saw that a couple of new places had opened up along my drive to and from work. one, a taco stand that used to be open years ago had new life breathed into it. the other, a strange little building that i never really noticed until the new sign went up and lights were on. this oddly shaped place: the stak shak.
today, i had the chance to drop in on the stak shak for some lunch. they have a decent sized menu that is centered around the idea of sandwiches, hot dogs and more. they have both hot and cold sandwiches, a variety of dogs, and some special offers as well. the interior of the restaurant is pleasant, and has a "home-y" feel to it.
since it was my first time, and i knew i'd be writing about the meal, i wanted to try a few things. i also hoped they had pastrami since i love pastrami, and it's something i've had all over and can compare. they did have pastrami, which i ordered. you can get it on a variety of breads, and i went with sourdough. i also love hot dogs, and so i ordered the western dog as well. they have several drink options, some bottle, some not. i went basic and had a bottled root beer.
i ate the dog first. the western dog comes with bbq sauce, shredded cheese and onions. i should have ordered without the onions, as they're not a favorite of mine, but i was able to knock them off fairly easy and enjoy the dog. the bbq sauce was a sweet bbq, and worked well with the cheese & dog. the dog itself was an average dog, but fine. the whole thing comes with a pickle side. i liked the dog, and my only beef with it was the price. all the dogs cost $5.50, which is a little more than they're worth in my opinion.
after devouring my dog, i went to the pastrami. first, it's a cold pastrami sandwich, which i figured when i saw the menu. i prefer hot pastrami to cold, but whatever. i chose the sourdough, which was a pretty good, thicker slices of sourdough. they use a spicy mustard that i really loved. it's one of those mustards that has the little seed balls in it. great flavor, really worked with the sandwich. the meat itself was decent, lunch meat style pastrami with a fine flavor. the lettuce was shredded, and i prefer leaf. the pastrami sandwich costs $6.
overall, i thought the place was fine. the service was nice, and rather quick in filling orders. the restaurant was comfortable to be in, and they do have free wifi. i thought the food was good, not great, and it seems a little pricey, but not exorbitant. for those that are inclined, you can all or fax in orders in advance.
1950 e. divisadero
m-f, 7a -3p