Nick Note: I need to take more pictures of the actual restaurant next time I'm there.
Now this is On Second Scoop, so you know ice cream has to be involved. Burger 21 also specializes in shakes and the current limited edition which apparently was only available until last night (it got replaced by a s'mores shake according to their twitter that I'll go back to review as well) sounded too enticing to pass up.
Burger 21 Baklava Shake
Ghirardelli caramel and Toffee syrup blended in homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
and topped with crispy baklava (limited time only)
How could I say no to that? It sounds like they're not messing around either. The store is making their own ice cream (or so it sounds like) and using some higher quality caramel. The shake itself is just pretty. Look at it, just do it. The execution is spot on in appearance. The disk of baklava is beautiful as well. I mean, its just so round and basically a perfect circle.
The shake itself is thick and a lot richer than I was expecting from a fast casual restaurant. This is up there as one of the highest quality milkshakes I've had in my life. The vanilla ice cream is standard in flavor and gives way to the caramel and toffee sauce taking over. The shake basically tastes like a heath bar dipped in a sweet, buttery caramel sauce. Aka, this shake is delicious.
The baklava disk was just as delicious as the shake. We used it as a mini scoop so we got some shake with each bite of the disk. The disk on its own is slightly flaky but crispy and crunchy at the same time. I can't say I've had baklava** in my life but this was a great introduction. The taste of cinnamon was the strongest followed by some sweet caramel notes.
Only thing I wish was different about this shake was if they blended some of the baklava in the shake. Outside of that disk, this is essentially a caramel toffee shake with a fancy accessory. It's definitely something I'd get again on its own (if it ever returns) but I'd love more to be in the actual shake and not only sprinkled in the whipped cream as well.
All and all, my first trip to Burger 21 was a success. Next trip, I'm thinking about trying the ahi tuna burger, sweet potato fries and their s'mores shake. How does that sound to you guys? What burger/shake/sauce would you want to try the most? That chocolate malted milk ball shake has my attention as well.
Verdict? A limited edition that should be on the menu year round
Buy Again? When it comes back. Until then, I'll try some other shakes
**Dubba's Note: Baklava's more general form is a puffy pastry