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Burgers and Fries and Everything Nice

Atlantic Beach burger boutique MShack also offers healthier options

The ground in-house burger offerings run the gamut from simple to complex, and portions are modest.
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The creamy hand-spun pecan pie milkshake tastes like fall in a cup.
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Although MShack specializes in burgers, the menu includes options for vegetarians and health-conscious eaters.
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All of the French fry options are crisp and fresh, including the truffle fries.
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The veggie burger, with a side of sweet potato tots, is moist and delicious. The tots are happiest when dunked in mustard or ketchup.
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The current location in Atlantic Beach is casual and comfortable. A second location in the St. Johns Town Center will open by the end of the year.
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Pair your patty with a side of fries or sweet potato tater tots.
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Although MShack specializes burgers, the menu includes options for vegetarians and health-conscious eaters.
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The bar area is casual and relaxed; catch happy hour 3:30-5:30 p.m. weekdays.
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Ever burger is better washed down by a locally brewed craft beer.
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299 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach

251-2599

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Caron Streibich covers dining out throughout Northeast Florida. If you have information about new restaurant openings, menu changes or other food-related news, contact her here. Streibich is also the host of our regular Folio Weekly Bite Club gatherings. Follow the Bite Club on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about it.

The "M" in MShack is for Medure — the last name of brothers Matthew and David, who own high-end restaurants Matthews in San Marco and Medure in Ponte Vedra. In 2011, the siblings opened the fast-casual boutique burger spot in Atlantic Beach; a second MShack will open in St. Johns Town Center by the end of the year.

For minimalists there's the simple but tasty M Burger topped with melted American cheese, crisp lettuce, tomato, pickles and Shack Sauce. At $5.50, it is small but fresh — the Black Angus beef is 100 percent all-natural and ground in-house. For the uber-fancy, the specialty Medurable burger boasts savory foie gras and caramelized onions, carrying a hefty $18.95 price tag.

Even if you're not a burger lover, MShack's menu has an assortment of topped hot dogs, a grilled cheese sandwich (add applewood smoked bacon for an extra dollar), a fish sandwich, a marinated chicken breast sandwich and homemade Italian sausage topped with sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms and melted provolone cheese.

Craving something healthy and pleasantly filling? Try the ginger-sesame dressed Super Kale Salad chock full of crisp diced apples, creamy cubes of avocado, shreds of carrots, onion, pecans and raisins. A fresh roasted beet salad comes with creamy goat cheese and raisins atop peppery arugula.

From the carb column, the house fries, queso-topped fries, sweet potato tots, truffle parmesean fries and even onion rings beg to be paired with your meaty burger or hot dog.

To complete the experience, a thick hand-spun milkshake is an absolute must. Available in small and large sizes, the pecan pie shake with chopped pecans reminded me of fall in a cup. Go simple — strawberry, vanilla or chocolate — or step it up with funky flavors like bananas foster, marshmallow brulee or peanut butter.

The separate relaxed bar area hosts happy hour 3:30-5:30 p.m. weekdays with $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon beers, $2 drafts or $3 glasses of house wine. Several craft beer are also on 
the menu.

MShack's beach proximity makes it perfect for pairing lunch or dinner with a stroll along the Atlantic Ocean.

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