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Shake Shack Unveils a Secret New Burger Exclusively for the LA Market

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Shake Shack draws closer to its Spring 2016 debut in West Hollywood, but they've already got a new burger planned just for LA: the Roadside Double, which is a dual-pattied affair that’s topped with Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard, and slow-simmered onions that have been cooked in bacon and beer. The result is essentially devoid of all produce (sorry, anyone with a hankering for more lettuce), and apparently was inspired by L.A.’s longstanding French dip tradition.

Not since the rollout in Austin, Texas earlier this year (where the team started smartly putting hot links on top of their burgers) has the company had official plans to stray from their original menu with some new burger creation.

[Photo: Holly Liss]

Rumor has it, Shake Shack West Hollywood is coming along rather nicely, with some estimates pinning the opening as close as two months away. Of course it’ll be a longer wait for the Glendale location and still longer for the one in Downtown Los Angeles, though by this time next year all three may likely be up and running. Something tells us they won’t be the only three Southland locations we’ve heard of by then, though.

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