There is no time in the world that is not a good time to have a burger and milkshake. Burger bars have become hits at weddings, they are the staple cookout entree, and always a good choice for date night. Burgers and milkshakes have become so popular they are the most popular items on virtually all fast food menus. What if you don't want fast food? What if you want a nice dinner full of comfort food? Steak and Shake milkshakes and burgers are the perfect items to satisfy your appetite!

Nowadays, most restaurants have burgers and milkshakes on the menu, but is a burger really that good at a Mexican or Italian restaurant? Most likely it is not. If you are craving a good burger and milkshake, don't settle for just any old restaurant. Go to a restaurant that is known for having top of the line extremely prime burgers and over 25 different flavors of hand-dipped milkshakes.

What Is Steak and Shake?

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Steak and Shake is an all American old-schooled diner that the general population just can not get enough of. It was started in a small town called Normal, which is located in central Illinois. The founder, Gus Belt decided his love for both burgers and milkshakes should be available at an instated place of dining for all to enjoy. In 1934, Steak and Shake was created.

Belt was a marine veteran who owned a little chicken shop and gas station combination building called Shells Chicken. Out of the marines and ready for a change, Belt transformed this building into a little burger joint called Steak and Shake. The first Steak and Shake was a drive-in joint that became overwhelmingly popular simply through word of mouth. It didn't take long before professionals were coming on their lunch break and families were traveling decent distances to get a taste of what all of the hype was about.

Not too long after converting it, a fire engulfed the building and did some irreversible damage. After analyzing the situation at hand, Belt decided rather than sulking in the unfortunate event; he would rebuild. This time, however, there would be a dining room for people to enjoy their food in. The modern-day Steak and Shake restaurants are standard replications of the latter model.

Belt's favorite thing to eat was a "steak burger" made out of highly prime meat. He also believed all milkshakes should be made hand dipped. Thus, his coveted menu items were born.

Belt wanted to ensure he was providing the best and most fresh food to his customers. So, he would take all different cuts of steak and put it in a meat grinder to create the burger patty. He would make sure guest could see this process which is where their slogan, "In Sight, It Must Be Right," comes from. By letting his guest watch the process, his claim for the freshest meat was verified.

Over 80 years later and Steak and Shake now has over 550 locations, and a majority of them are open seven days a week 24 hours a day. You can factually franchise Steak and Shake. In fact, around 120 of their locations are franchises.  

Although they are known for their hamburgers and milkshakes, they have a vast list of other options. If you are not a burger fan, you have the options of chili, french fries, salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, and so much more.

Craving Steak and Shake milkshakes and burger, but don't want to leave the comfort of your car? It's not a problem! Almost all Steak and Shake locations have a drive-through which offers the convenience of "fast food" without sacrificing quality or taste. If you want to enjoy the atmosphere of an old-school diner while enjoying your diner-like food, there are plenty of fun seating options inside. You can take a seat at the high-top bar or cozy into one of the plump booths. The waiters wear exceptionally convincing old-school diner attire.

Classic Steak and Shake Milkshakes

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There are seven core steak and shake milkshakes. These are the foundation for all of the other incredible shakes they offer. When you drink Steak and Shake milkshakes, you feel as though it were made for you from all scratch ingredients. Diets do not count when you go to Steak and Shake, don't miss out on their decadent milkshakes.

  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Strawberry
  • Banana
  • Mocha
  • Hershey's Special Dark
  • Orange Freeze

Specialty Steak and Shake Milkshakes

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There are a whopping 21 specialty Steak and Shake milkshakes available for you to enjoy. It doesn't matter what you are craving or what your favorite flavor is, Steak and Shake will undoubtedly to have what you want. Each milkshake is hand-dipped and made to precision standards, just like Belt promised.

  • Nutella
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry
  • Birthday Cake
  • Snickers
  • Salted Caramel
  • Chocolate Banana
  • Strawberry Banana
  • Ultimate Banana
  • Turtle Caramel Nut
  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • M&Ms
  • Mint Cookies 'n Cream
  • Cookies 'n Cream
  • Double Chocolate Fudge
  • Butterfinger
  • Heath
  • Very Berry Strawberry
  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie
  • White Chocolate
  • Egg Nog

How Much Do Steak and Shake Milkshakes Cost?

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The classic Steak and Shake milkshakes cost $2.99 not including tax or tip. The specialty Steak and Shake milkshakes cost $3.69 not including tax or tip. These low prices should give you a sense of what dining at Steak and Shake is like. It will not break the bank, and you will not feel guilty for indulging in the deliciousness of hand-dipped milkshakes and burgers. However, don't be fooled. Low price does not mean low quality. It means excellent taste and quality that is available for enjoyment for everyone.

What Is Eating At Steak and Shake Like?

a woman who looks happy holding a glass of milkshake

Eating at Steak and Shake is like taking a trip back in time. Black and white tiled floors cover the entirety of the diner. The retro floor pair perfectly with the bright red, white, and black color scheme. Both the inside and outside are picture perfect replicas of classic 1950s diners. Think, Grease Lightning!

Padded vinyl dining chairs and retro over-stuffed booths are surrounded around shiny veneer tables and bar tops. Utensils, paper napkins, and menus are placed in an organizer on top of the table which gives the casual diner a more relaxed feel. The walls are covered in vintage photos of old Steak and Shake locations. Adults are filled with nostalgia upon entering the restaurant because it makes them feel like a kid again. Kids, on the other hand, think Steak and Shake is the coolest place ever!

The serving staff uniform is the cherry on top. All waiters and waitress are required to wear black pants, white button-up tops, black shoes, and bow ties. If the exterior and interior decorations don't convince you that you are back in the 50's, the servers uniform absolutely will.

Of course, in true diner fashion, when you have finished eating your prime burger and chocolate milkshake, take your bill up to the front register to pay, and get a gumball out of the machine while you are at it. There is even a bonus! Again, keeping true to old-school diner fashion, the prices at Steak and Shake are hard to beat. You won't feel guilty picking up the tab or taking your entire family out for a fun night out.

What States Have Steak and Shake?

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Craving one of their famous Steak and Shake milkshakes now? We have you covered! Steak and Shake has locations all over; there is bound to be one near you! Steak and Shake is located in hundreds of cities across 30 states. They include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. There are multiple locations across each state. The company hopes to expand to all 50 states someday soon. With the great vibe and food, there is no doubt they are on their way.


Eating out is an experience you should enjoy. So many meals nowadays are eaten too fast without enjoying any of it. Steak and Shake will take you back in time. It gives you an overall experience you, your friends, and your family will enjoy no matter the occasion. The brand hit the design on the head when it comes to channeling the retro 1950s style you always admire in movies.

I am sure by now your mouth is watering for these infamous milkshakes and "steakburgers" as Belt called them. These are no ordinary milkshakes; they are ones that would make come back over and over until you have tried every classic and specialty flavor. With over 545 Steak and Shake locations worldwide, there is bound to be one near you. You can find the exact cities Steak and Shake are located by going to their site. While you are there, take a look at the rest of the incredible items on their menu.