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***** Shula Burger (Delray Beach)

Posted on June 14th, 2013 · American Delray Beach Fast Food

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***** Shula Burger (Delray Beach)

Back on May 21, 2013 Jeff Eats did a “story” about the Shula Burger which at that time was under-construction in the Delray Marketplace in Delray Beach. The story is reprinted below and an “UPDATE” has now been added–which covers a Jeff Eats “meal” at the fast-food hamburger joint (it opened 6/10/13). The “comments” which the original column generated are not included, so if you want to read them you’ll have to go back and check the initial May 21, 2013-date…
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Let’s do this one together…
In recent months- Jeff Eats has been “watching” Shula Burger being built at the Delray Marketplace in Delray Beach….this burger chain is “fronted” by Don Shula who was the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback in 1970-1973…strike that, Bob Griese and Earl Morrall were the quarterbacks and Shula was the head coach.
Anyway…
This guy Shula- who incidentally was born on Januray 30, 1930 currently has his name on a “ton” of different restaurants here in South Florida and around the USA. In addition to the aforementioned (the lawyer in me) Shula Burger, Shula is involved with Shula’s Steak House, Shula’s 2, Shula’s 347 Grill, Shula’s Bar & Grill and Shula’s On The Beach. For the researchers out there, you can check www.shula.com for details/menus/locations about the Shula restaurant empire.
Now back to Shula Burger which currently has 4 locations…Tampa, Kendall- Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Islamorada-Florida Keys…and a new location scheduled to open on June 10, 2013 in the Delray Marketplace, Delray Beach, Florida..
Now nothing for nothing…although Shula Burger has 4 locations, Jeff Eats has never eaten in one, nor met anyone who has eaten in one, nor met anyone who has talked about plans to eat in one.
Now to the point…
This afternoon, I stopped by the Delray Marketplace and took a close look at the physical layout of the almost finished restaurant. It’s– a you order at the counter/they bring it to the table deal. The store looks absolutely dynamite with inside and outdoor patio seating. The menu features burgers with all kinds of toppings, fries, hot dogs, salads, shakes, beer & wine. Take a look at www.shulaburger.com for menu/prices/locations/photos–this way you’ll know what Jeff Eats considers a dynamite-look, because you may not—different strokes for different folks!
Anyway…here’s the plan.
1. For those of you who have already eaten in a Shula Burger, please give Jeff Eats the skinny on it (before June 10, 2013 would be nice).
2. Jeff Eats is gonna try #5 right after it opens.
3. For those of you who haven’t eaten at a Shula Burger, either eat at one of the first-4 or try #5 right after it opens on June 10, 2013.
4. We all meet back here on June 15, 2013 to compare notes.
And…should you be captured, Jeff Eats will deny any knowledge of this mission.
One final note…since Coach Shula will soon be celebrating his 84th birthday to give you some perspective, I thought you guys would like to know that the first White Castle opened in 1921, the first MacDonald’s opened in 1940, the first Burger King opened in 1954, the first Sonic Drive-In opened in 1953, the first In-N-Out opened in 1948 and the first Wendy’s opened in 1969…and you thought that Jeff Eats was just another pretty face.

***** Update-June 14, 2013 *****

The new Shula Burger in the Delray Marketplace opened for business on June 10, 2013. Jeff Eats and Mrs. Jeff Eats gave it a “shot” last night (6/13/13).

As Jeff Eats’ “original” article indicated- the joint is a very handsome-modern looking fast-food restaurant…there is both inside and outdoor patio seating. You order at the counter/servers bring the food to your table.

Shula’s menu is loaded with burgers/toppings, a couple of sandwiches, a hot dog, a handful of salads and sides, shakes, beer/wine. You can check menu/prices at www.shulaburger.com

The skinny—Jeff Eats had a Shula Burger ($6.49-American cheese/shaved lettuce/tomato/pickle)—Mrs. Jeff Eats had a turkey burger ($7.99-turkey patty/baby greens/tomato/red onion/herb mayo)…we shared an order of French fries ($2.49), sweet potato tots ($3.99), onion rings ($4.29)…every item was real good/timely-delivered/hot.

Let me wrap this one up for you this way…

Shula Burger can definitely hold its own against most of South Florida’s fast-food burger players (not going to list them, but you guys know who they are). For sure, Jeff Eats thought that $4.29 for 3 onion rings was a bit to pricey–but then again-Shula’s French fries ran circles around the crinkle cut fries that Jeff Eats recently had at Shake Shack’s Boca Raton outpost. Look! I could sit here all-day and nit-pick things about every player in this space…suffice it to say, I would definitely eat at Shula Burger in the Delray Marketplace-again.

Nothing for nothing…

Since this is a Jeff Eats “story” you do “know” that my inner-self is saying…”Hey Jeff Eats, the Delray Marketplace is going to be a fiasco-white elephant, can Shula Burger really make-it there? To my inner-self… For right now, let’s leave it- that if things are based solely on food, Shula Burger should be just fine!

20 Comments to “***** Shula Burger (Delray Beach)”

  1. TAS says...

    Jeff
    I think it’s the best of the bunch.

  2. GHV says...

    Jeff
    They are basically the same.
    Some do certain things better than others.
    For sure Shake Shack’s ff are lousy.
    For sure Chuck Burger has the best burgers.
    of course all of the above is imho.

  3. Zebralad says...

    Food was good.
    The loc stinks.

  4. Blue and White says...

    I love Shula’s! Outstanding food, fantastic looking restaurant and I think I actually like the Delray Marketplace!

  5. PC says...

    Had a chance to check it out for lunch today. Tried the French onion burger and Shula BBQ which my wife and I split. Both were very good and are, like you say, as good or better than 5 guys, shake shack, burger fi, etc. etc. However, like you also say it is a little expensive. Each burger I ordered cost about $8 with another $2.49 for fries. At those prices you’re pretty much in the price range of burgers at sit down restaurants and bars.

    • scott kolsky says...

      i dont like the burgers there too expensive and by the time you get out of there for two ppl its like 30 dollars for a meal when you can go to other places and eat for cheaper you should try smashburger there reasonably priced and there great you can get a cheeseburger or a bbq burger for half the price of a shulas burger and for a larger burger its only a dollar more for the price and also great atmosphere and staff

  6. Flyin Bryan says...

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  7. WalkmanJones says...

    Great looking place.
    Food is on the same level as 5 Guys.

  8. Louie A says...

    Ok
    But with 5guys and others also in the area, convenience is the only game for me to pick one over the other.

  9. Copper says...

    Had lunch there today.
    5 Guys is better.

  10. Tyler says...

    Ate there good burger and ff. Also had hot dog in a pretzel bun with spicy mustard, delicious.

  11. mike the greek says...

    Tried the Shula burger the other day. Way too much seasoning; They should not season the burgers and dump a ton of salt on fries. Also tell them:” no butter on the bun and lightly toasted” I believe they use quality products and the place looks clean but the college kids cooking need direction. The price was fine and free soda refills. Be specific on the above suggestions .its a burger not Indian food

  12. RRW says...

    Saw Coach Shula and he looks like crap. His son is running the whole show. The old man is just trotted out for events. Very sad.

  13. Ed K says...

    My wife enjoyed her turkey burger and sweet potato tots.
    I enjoyed my onion burger and ff.
    Will definitely be back.

  14. LincolnJones says...

    good food, good service. a bit pricey.

  15. KEITH says...

    burgers are on the thin side. onion burger a drop to spicy for me.
    sweet potato tots very good but portion is awfully small for 4 bucks.

  16. DORUNRUN says...

    burger is on the very thin side. ff and tots are good.

  17. DG says...

    Tried for lunch today. Somewhat disappointed. A build your own burger was pleasant enough (and remembered to ask for no butter on the bun) but not any better than lots of local competitor outlets. Found the fries to be only average (and on balance, actually preferred those at Shake Shack) and contrary to earlier comments rather lightly salted if at all. Had been looking forward to trying the sweet potato tots but found these lacking in flavor and taste, perhaps becauxs their small size means a small interior with the resultant risk that whatever sweet potato taste there is becomes lost by the exterior batter taste, however light.

    Meanwhile, thought the onion rings were outstandingly good – being hot all the way through, crisp and crunchy too and served with a good, though slightly too-sweet sauce. Pricey these may be but worth it compared to the other items tried.

    So, OK as the de facto burger place there, if you happen to be at Delray Marketplace, but the prices at Shula’s make a meal at Burt & Max a competitive proposition to be considered instead

  18. Raskam Elculito says...

    Cheryl the GM there was very rude to me when I refused to pay because I found a dead bug at the bottom of my salad. There was red hairs in my onion rings which incidently, Cheryl is a fake red head. Also her assistant managers Darlene and Wilson were bullying me to leave because I also found that my daughters chicken tenders were over cooked and the french fries tasted like they had been cooked several times. The prices are outrageous. $5 bucks for a 16oz shake. My California burger had only 1 sliver of avocado. Then I heard Cheryl talk down to all the cooks as if they were all her children. I’m never going to this place ever again. That Cheryl is a nasty bitter woman that has no idea how to run a restaurant.

  19. xmansteve says...

    didnt like the basic cheeseburger or ff. no match for 5 guys or burgerfi.

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