Roger Ebert on Steak 'n Shake

steak-n-shakeStumbled on this today, not the first time, but it was nice to find again. As a Missouri native, I have been eating at Steak 'n Shake as long as I can remember, and always took my TAKHOMASAK privileges for granted.

When I moved to Denver, I realized Steak 'n Shake wasn't quite as ubiquitous as I thought. Nothing like jonesing for an Orange Freeze for a year or two to make you realize just how much you love a place.

Ebert sums it up pretty well:

If I were on Death Row, my last meal would be from Steak 'n Shake. If I were to take President Obama and his family to dinner and the choice were up to me, it would be Steak 'n Shake–and they would be delighted. If the Pope were to ask where he could get a good plate of spaghetti in America, I would reply, "Your Holiness, have you tried the Chili Mac or the Chili 3-Ways?"

(Not kidding about the death row thing, either. You can have your fine dining – I'd be pleased as punch to have a Steak 'n Shake burger for any meal.)

And as Ebert notes, he doesn't order anything not on the original menu. I have had the same order for, oh, about 38 years…

A better idea for drug enforcement

On Salon, Pot should be fined like a speeding ticket. Assuming there must be any penalties for pot use, this makes much more sense to me. I'd prefer decriminalization altogether, but perhaps it'd be easier to ratchet down the penalties first before just saying "let's stop prosecuting people for using a naturally occurring substance that's no more harmful than beer."