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Steak and Shake, 13th St.

Steak and Shake, 13th St.

Steakburger, $, attention to detail winners here

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

It's lunchtime and I am standing in the parking lot of Gainesville's 49 year-old hamburger stand.

Sshake13thThis burger palace has singles, doubles, and triple hamburgers and like all the other burger shops in town they think their burger is special, and different from the other hamburgers in the Urban GLOB.



I'm a sucker for presentation and there is a lot of it here with a distinct advertising look, and an atmospheric style that takes you back in time to another era of drive-in hamburger stands, the appearance of white, starched server uniforms, and a customer friendly attitude that separates them from their competition.

They do make a good hamburger. They call them steakburgers here. This burger patty does taste a little better than the usual burger patty you will find at other hamburger joints.

Plus they serve a shoe string french fry that is unique, crispy and very tasty.

There are only two of these burger restaurants in G'ville so this franchise has passed the GLOB rule of no more that two store fronts allowed to be included in the GLOB.


jalapenoNot only that the burger gets an 'A' for taste and price. They also promote one of the cheaper lunch specials by selling four different hamburgers and fries combo for four dollars.  I got change back from my eight dollars when I ordered the Jalepeno Crunch Steakburger™, a Double Steakburger seasoned on our fiery hot grill with pepperjack cheese, chipotle mayo, fresh salsa and jalapenos, all topped with French's® French Fried Onions. Served with fries.  I happily state that it was the best, double cheeseburger I've had in a long time.  I tasted all jalapeno peppers, and this burger was spicy hot. 

The Jalpeno Crunch Steakburger™ was good.  I could taste the peppers, the pronounced flavor of the steakburger patty was recognizable, and was tastier than the garden variety hamburger patty.



Have you guessed I am talking about the Steak & Shake restaurant on SW13th St.?

I think this burger palace will be close to the top of the 'best burger list' for a long time.

Like a lot of franchises Streak & Shake has a lot of different entrees if steak burgers don't satisfy your lunchtime desires. They serve an excellent chili and also have the typical selection of salads, chicken sandwiches, classic melts and hot dogs.

The very clean, obviously old timey Steak and Shake themed dining area was a little much for me.

The manager was attentive to his customers, and he did stop by my table to inquire about me being a happy customer. The harried look on his face and the speed in which he moved around the dining area -- assisting in the necessary housekeeping tasks  -- was a good indicator of his intent in making sure his customers left with a happy lunch experience.

His effort is paying off.

I was pleased with this lunch stop and their fast, customer friendly service. I was able to casually read my USA TODAY while waiting for my lunch and was still able to be out of Steak and Shake's front door in 40 minutes. 

The Pluses and Minuses of Steak & Shake, SW 13th St.

Steak and Shake (+) indicators: Very tasty hamburger, excellent service, reasonably priced.

Steak and Shake (-) indicators: This was an excellent, quick lunch stop and a very good price. I can't think of any negatives at this time.

Offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Steak & Shake.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!


Last modified onThursday, 01 June 2017 05:46

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 376-0588
  • Address: 1610 SW 13th St.., Gaineville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: 13th St
  • Latitude: 29.636033
  • Longitude: -82.339855


  • Jules
    Jules Tuesday, 04 October 2011 14:40 Comment Link

    My friend Poppy and I had lunch at Steak & Shake target today. I had the $4.00 chix fingers with fries, and a kids size Vanilla malt. It was pretty darn good.
    Poppy had the steakburger with cheese. The fries are good but I would always like them a little more 'done".
    Rusty the Wonder Dog was with us, and he benefited from a bite of each of our lunches, a few fries, and his own water cup.

  • Pam H.
    Pam H. Friday, 20 May 2011 10:11 Comment Link

    I've dined at the S&S near Target for several years now. I've never had anything but the absolute best in fast, friendly service. I like the food at S&S because it's fresh, hot and very reasonably priced, plus their milkshakes are killer good.

  • Jon Rose
    Jon Rose Thursday, 03 February 2011 12:19 Comment Link

    Sorry but can't agree. hamburgers were pretty blah. i've had tastier card board. best thing is homemade shakes, however, frequently at half-price. service on 13th street must be a lot better than one near Target as that was so bad I would not return.

  • louisK
    louisK Wednesday, 13 October 2010 12:28 Comment Link

    This restaurant story makes me want to go to Steak & Shake and try the Spicy Chipolte Double Cheeseburger along with their Chocolate double-malt shake...

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