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Jan 11, 2006 11:17 AM

Five Guys Burgers

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FYI - For all you Five Guys fans. Was driving east on Baltimore Pike and noticed that a Five Guys Burgers is almost ready to open. Location is in Clifton Heights just before Burlington Coat Factory at Oak Ave.

How do their burgers/fries compare to other local chains like Nifty Fifties and Zac's?

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  1. I used to live near the original one in Virginia and thought they were fine but nothing special. I had friends who raved but I never was a convert. The fries are decent but again, nothing special, unless of course you compare them to the McDs and BKs of the world.

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    1. re: Ellen

      I too used to live near their original. Elliott in the Morning on DC101 used to be all over them. Good fries (I'm vegetarian...) and my friends loved them. My girlfriend will be thrilled to know they're opening up here, now.

      Now, if only Phila would catch on to the Tara Thai, Chipolte and California Torilla waves!!!

      1. re: brynn

        I agree that Tara Thai, Chipotle and Cali Tort. are good chain restaurants (as far as chains go) - pretty tasty for a decent price, but I'd rather see more local places that aren't chains. I used to live in Arlington, VA so went to these places a lot. They're good, but it's the same thing over and over. I'd rather see some variety!

        That said, I lived less than a mile from (the Rt. 7 and Walter Reed Drive) Five Guys and I'd love to find a burger place that good around here. It's just that it doesn't have to be 5 Guys itself.

        1. re: Kiwi

          FYI-there is also a 5 Guys on Rt. 202 south of Rt. 1 & 202 intersection, across ffom Glen eagle Shopping Center.

          1. re: Tara

            been to the one on 202 chadds ford? - can get whatever you want as toppings - I didn't load on too much because I wanted to taste the meat which was outstanding...

        2. re: brynn

          There is a Chipotle on City Line Avenue

          1. re: brynn

            A California Tortilla just opened in Royersford. I went there the other day, it's pretty good, comparable to Baja Fresh and/or Qdoba.

            1. re: mitchh

              For those interested, there will be a Chipolte opening in the Plymouth Meeting Mall (along with PF Changs and a California Pizza Kitchen).

              1. re: mitchh

                whoa... i missed this post apparently... california tortilla has made its way to PA?! in MD they were an incredibly successful place that started ~10 years ago in bethesda - used to pick up lunch for my whole office there all the time. their food was the best cali-mex i'd had on this coast (never been to qdoba, but they were leaps and bounds above baja fresh, who still aren't bad in my book)! they were really smart and cute and quirky with a silly monthly newsletter (that i'd bring back with the takeout food) and occasionally they'd have local (liberal) politicians in for meet and greets. in recent years they have really gotten popular and started opening up new locations. i hope that they're still putting out the same tasty food even with their multiple locations. i hope their queso still rocks. wow, looking at their website now, and they've spread all the way down to florida! jeez. those people must be rich.

          2. The Five Guys near us is pretty good. The burgers are loaded with toppings and served in fresh rolls. The fries are good for the most part but somewhat inconsistent in that they sometimes overcook them near us. All in all it's not bad for a quick meal...much better than other fat food options but not say like Monk's.

            1. Look on the DC board for Five Guys comments. We went to the one in Georgetown and thought it was a really fun place with good burgers. Lots of fans in the DC area. It's good that these places are finally coming to Philly area. They have been voted best burgers by Washington Mag for the past 6 years - for what that is worth.


              1. We visited the Chadds Ford Route 202 shop yesterday and were pleased. It was as crowded as the 202 location in Wilmington, but without the traffic and parking headaches. The burgers were made to order, as always, service was responsive and speedy and the burgers were yummy goodiness.

                Most noteworthy was Five Guys recognition of malt vinegar as a condiment. No self respecting burger joint should be without it. This is why Five Guys walks before the others.

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                1. re: Adorable Girlfriend

                  I live near the 5 Guys at the Gateway center (Chesterbrook).....good stuff. Sure, it's nothing special...but all the components are good quality.....and the fries are good. They're also very consistent. Compared to the options for a quick's pretty good. While we're at's ten times better that Cheeseburger Cheeseburger...which is also nearby. Their meat, bread, and toppings were all poor.

                  Also...I must have been wasted or something....but I've been to Monk's countless times...and I've never been impressed by the burgers. This seems to go against everything everyone I know says....."Monk's has great burgers". I can remember two times I've ordered burgers...both times I got a small, overcooked, premade patty that was an inch smaller than the very dry bun. Nothing to write home about. The rest of their menu, however, is fantastic.

                2. I also head out to the Gateway one. Was there friday night. Good burgers. The flavor lingers in the mouth and there is flavor! The Wayne one could turn up the heat. It was freezing in there.