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Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries Tampa

Stopped for lunch today at the location on Fowler Avenue in Tampa and all I can say is WOW!!!
I'm a clean platter, I never leave food on my plate when I go out to eat.
There was no way I could even come close to finish all the food that they serve.
The menu is very simple
Hamburgers (2 patties)
little Hamburgers (1 patty)
Fries - regular and large
Hot Dogs
Grilled Cheese.
Plus all the toppings are FREE
I had the 2 patty with sauteed mushrooms, fried onions, mustard and ketchup.
I was going to get the large fries but the cashier said the regular would feed two and the large 3 to 4 people. So I ordered the regular.
They place the burger and cup of fries in a brown paper bag they then put another scoop of fries into the bag. When I was handed the bag it felt like it was 5 pounds.
There were so many fries I had to rip the bag open to get to the burger
The quality? OMG Fresh never frozen meat and fresh cut fries. today potatos were from Telton Idaho.
A must try place.

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  1. Sounds interesting!

    John

    1. Fresh never frozen meat and fresh cut fries? Sounds like In-N-Out Burger.

      1. Forgive me if this posts twice -- i'm having some computer problems. But there is a Five Guys and Fries going into a renovated strip of Kennedy Blvd. just west of Dale Mabry. Not yet open, it seems.

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        1. re: Tandoori Girl

          yes their website www.fiveguys.com shows that location coming soon

        2. There are two in Orlando, one on John Young and Sand Lake Road (right next door to Jockamo's), and another one on Sand Lake in the Dr. Phillips area, near Restaurant Row. I ate there once and thought the burger was good but the fries were too greasy -- the taste of peanut oil was overwhelming. A very good burger; definitely better than something you'd get at a typical casual dining chain, but still not as good as Fuddruckers, IMO.

          I do believe Five Guys is an East Coast chain; a friend in Washington D.C. told me about them a few years back, before I realized we had any locally.

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          1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

            You've got to try them again. the fries were not greasy at all and no taste of peanut oil. Though they do have peanuts and jugs of peanut oil all over the place. I haven't been to a Fuddruckers in the last couple of years. I do remember them being very good. The difference this is more of a fast food place. The food came out a lot quicker than I remembered at Fuddruckers. I could be wrong though, as I said it's been awhile since I was there.

            1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

              There is a new Five guys location at The Loop in Hunters Creek. I think it just had its grand opening or will be very soon.

            2. Prices? How much is a regular fry?
              I love the idea of shoving another handful of fries in the top of the bag. As a French Fry Addict, that would send me over the top. Do they do that in all their stores?

              1. I think the regular fries were $2.09 or $2.29. This was the only one I've been to so I don't know what they do at the other stores.

                1. Five Guys will be opening soon in Miami, at the new Midtown complex, between Marshalls and Target. I've heard good things about them from friends and family up north, and I look forward to checking them out.

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                  1. re: copydoc

                    one also opening in Altamonte Town Center

                    1. re: theflytyr

                      Also one opening in Tamarac. I became addicted this summer while in Virginia and can't wait for this one to open (only five minutes from the house-might be a problem!)

                  2. I am hooked! The burgers are great! I got mine all the way and they really pile everything on there.
                    I wasnt too happy with the fries. But I cant complain much as the portion was huge. Check them out!

                    1. Finally had a chance to check out Five Guys last Fri and wrote up my visit a little earlier...

                      This past Friday evening, we were in the mood for burgers so we decided to try out the new Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries in University Collection Mall on Fowler near USF. I had first heard about Five Guys a few weeks ago in an enthusiastic email from fellow Sticksian, Joel. Since then, I'd read another glowing review about the newly opened Tampa location of this award-winning and Zagat-rated Alexanderia, Va. based old-school burger and fries joint.

                      When we arrived at Five Guys last Friday, we had the place almost to ourselves. The menu is simple - burgers, fries and hot dogs- no fancy combos or happy meals here. I decided upon a cheeseburger "all the way" (you get to pick from a mess of toppings at no additional charge) and Traci went with a hamburger with fried onions, relish, pickles and mustard. We also ordered a regular order of fries (cajun-style is also available), which we were told would be enough for two of us- it was and then some. Peanuts are available while you wait for your order to come up.

                      While my burger was tasty, the real star was the french fries, which Traci and I both agreed are some of the best fries we've ever had. I learned later from reading the reviews on the wall that nothing is ever frozen at Five Guys and the fries are cut fresh daily. It sure tasted like it. As for my burger, the two beef patties were tasty and I liked the mix of toppings, although I'll skip the sauteed mushrooms next time. Our only complaint with our burgers were the flimsy buns. While I love a messy burger, the bun quickly fell apart. A toasted, firmer bun would have been much better.

                      The counter service was friendly and everyone aimed to please. As we finished up our meal, business picked up. Five Guys is walk-in only. No drive-through. The Fowler location at least also serves bottled beer. There is also a new Five Guys open at the Brandon Town Center Mall and one about to open on Kennedy and Dale Mabry. Additional locations are planned for Carrollwood, New Tampa, Riverview and Oldsmar. It remains to be seen if Five Guys can maintain its quality and uniqueness as it expands up and down the east coast with plans for 1,000 locations eventually.

                      My favorite local burger remains the Chattaburger at The Chattaway in St. Pete, but in terms of fast-food burger joints (and I sort of hate to even put Five Guys in this category), it's hard to beat a burger from Five Guys. It's definitely worth giving a try. So what's your favorite local burger joint?

                      Bottom-line: If you're looking for a no-frills burger joint that focuses on serving great burgers and fries at fast-food prices, but with home-cooked taste and freshness, Five Guys is worth giving a try.

                      matt
                      FloridaFoodHound
                      http://www.flfoodhound.com

                      1. Had never heard of this chain but ate at one in Jax just the past weekend. Very impressed. My 20 year old son and I each ate a cheeseburger (delicious) and they are right about the fries. Large order (3.99) was very large. Amazing how many establishments can't get fries right....fresh potatoes, freshly cut, fried in hot oil and salted. Five Guys does it right.

                        1. Haven't eaten at one, but the thread got me curious & I found their website...

                          http://www.fiveguys.com/menu.html

                          1. good burger, lame bun--- toasting it would be an improvement. I agree the fries seemed greasy and tasted strongly of peanut oil. That said, I still couldn't stop eating them. frying at a higher temp should solve the fry problem.

                            1. I was just searching on this to see if anyone had tried them. The one in South Tampa on Kennedy is now open for business. Thanks for the reviews. We'll have to give them a try!

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                              1. re: HeatherFL

                                We ate at the one on Kennedy Sat after the beach and it was great. My husband had the double, I had the single and we shared a regular fry and had 2 drinks. The bill was 14 and change. Will definitely be back. The fries were not limp nor greasy but I do wish they would salt them. it was a pain salting them out of the little packets.

                              2. After several visits researching a "best burgers in Orlando" article, I'm surprised no one has mentioned their cardinal rule that all burgers are prepared well-done. I couldn't get a good answer at the local level as to whether this was a health-related issue or a convenience of operation issue.

                                It was the deal-breaker for me. On top of limp, oily fries and an under-engineered bun, not getting my burger(s) pink in the middle bumped them out of the running on my personal list.

                                I'll go back, but won't drive by any better burger places to eat there.

                                Bob

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                                1. re: Bob Mervine

                                  When we want a nice MR burger we go to Lee Roy Selmon's. They'll even do rare. I had read about bun issues and limp oily fries but the one on Kennedy in Tampa did not suffer from either of these problems. I would call the burger more medium well than well done because it definitely wasn't burnt up. My guess would be that they are all about the convenience issue rather than the health issue. They certainly are quick and very busy.

                                  1. re: Bob Mervine

                                    the brandon location is slow as molassas. i can't imagine if they had to make every burger to order. i am a rare meat eater but the Five Guys burger didn't bother me at all. i completely forgot i was eating a well-done burger.

                                    1. re: Bob Mervine

                                      I agree with you Bob, not getting a burger cooked my way is a deal breaker. And the fries were way too greasy at the kennedy location for me, by the time I got to my table the bag was totally soaked. Havn't tried any other locations, but I'll pass on 5 guys in the future.

                                    2. We actually tried this chain when we were recently in NJ and could not believe how much we enjoyed it. I avoid chains (why bother when the food all tastes the same, typically) and had a strict no-chain rule when we were on vaca but I had heard about this place (prolly from this board) so we chanced it... The fries were A+
                                      there was 1 quarter sized splotch of grease on the bag and that was it- cooked perfectly, very UN-greasy... They just needed a sprinkle of salt. Didn't really eat the bun (not a bun fan) and at this location the "sauteed mushrooms" were the rubbery canned variety. We read on the wall they are in Tampa but Orlando is closer to us.....

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                                      1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                        They have several orlando locations as well.

                                        Bob

                                        1. re: Bob Mervine

                                          So I just tried Five Guys Burgers and it was ok, if you like a well done burger with the works, then its a good place, but I like my meat rare, and that isnt happening there. There fries were good, nice and fresh, but no crisp at all to them. Overall it is just OK I was expecting the best burger, I'll stick Le Tub, Id rather wait an hour for a BIG rare burger, then eat a small well done burger, where I cant even taste the meat

                                          1. re: foodie003

                                            Lee Roy Selmon's does and excellent rare bleu cheese and bacon burger topped with crispy onions. My husband dreams about these lol and gets to eat one about every 6 weeks or so.

                                      2. Just had lunch at the one in Ft. Lauderdale, and man oh man, was that great! It ranks #2 on my list of great "fast food" burgers (In-N-Out is #1)

                                        My fries were crispy, fluffy inside, and delicious. My only complaint is they forgot the bacon on my burger, but promptly gave me FOUR full slices to put on myself!

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                                        1. re: brandon_w

                                          We had tried their new location in Margate (west Atlantic Bvd -- NW Broward County). Burger was quite good (i like mine medium well) and fries were great. Only disappointment was the sliced mushrooms -- these tasted canned and undercooked. And the "small" (single patty) was big enough for me....
                                          The place was packed with mainly families with kids and a few single (older) women all taking advantage of the free peanuts!

                                        2. Nothing comes close to in-in-out burger, but five guys is not bad.Being from California, I have fifty years of burger eating and rate this close to the top. Not Tommy's or Pinks, but very tasty.

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                                          1. re: traumachef

                                            I ate at the Five Guys at Parkside Mall today. And while it was certainly above average, I don't have any idea what all the accolades were for. The burger was good, but it didn't top El Cap or FatBurger.
                                            I love peanut oil fried fries, but the staff couldn't seem to get the burger and fries both served hot. The buns would benefit from toasting, and for the maybe the first time ever, I wasn't charged for extra cheese and I actually received it! The "well done" only policy is an extremely stupid one for a burger joint.
                                            I liked my meal and would eat there again, but I certainly wouldn't make a special trip for it.

                                            1. re: Darinfl1

                                              I like Five Guys — to me, it's a step above Fuddrucker's — but if anyone wonders why we're so overweight, look at the fries here. One person would be content with half of what they serve.

                                              My my rating scale, it's Five Guys over In-'n-Out.

                                          2. I like the burgers very much. There is almost too much meat in the standard "double burger" sandwich. The condiments are great and the burgers come out HOT and FRESH.

                                            I am more ambivalent about the fries. They serve them in a brown paper bag and the combination of an enclosed environment and the use of fresh potatoes with a higher water content (than frozen potatoes, or, at least, potatoes that have been sitting around a while) result in the fries being steamed in the bag almost immediately. The fries are not all that crisp to begin with and the unintentional steaming really takes the starch out of them (if you'll excuse the pun). On the other hand, the fries are still delicious, despite their limpness. I think that that must be because "freshness is all."

                                            Anyway, I'd give their burger an A and the fries a B--, which they could easily raise to an A, if they'd just fry the fries a little longer and and serve them in the open instead of in a paper bag. it's a shame that they miss the boat on the fries because they are doing something that few other places do--serving freshly cut fries.

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                                            1. re: gfr1111

                                              Gfr, I felt the same way about their fries!
                                              .
                                              But I don't think I've ever had freshly cut fries anywhere that were crispy and not limp and steamy. I've had them served "in the open" which I think you may mean in a cup or a paper boat, but still, tasty but never crispy. And being a FF addict, I keep trying to find them.

                                              Any places locally fill the fresh cut bill?

                                              1. re: gfr1111

                                                You nailed it, gfr. I've had Five Guys fries twice now, and they were limp, almost wet, both times, not a crisp one in the sack. And what's with the styrofoam cup, in this day and age?? The cajun version is better, IMO, just because the limp fries are spicy, at least. But really, I don't get what all the fuss is about.

                                                As for the grilled cheese, blech. Reversing the hamburger bun to make the grilled cheese is a terrible idea that reeks of cost-cutting, b/c there's no way a hamburger bun will ever get crisp the way a grilled cheese should be on the outside. Cheese tasted like Velveeta.

                                              2. I love Five Guys, but I can't eat their burger, and fries, at the same time. It's just too much food. So while the burger is good, I've kicked it to the curb, and switched to grilled cheese with bacon and tomato. The grilled cheese is pretty good (but they reverse the hamburger buns for the bread, just FYI) and I have enough room to fill up on those yummy cajun fries.

                                                1. I'm generally not much of a fan of hamburgers, but I have to admit that the ones at Five Guys are very good, as are the fries. They opened a store in Naples last year.

                                                  1. I tried the one here in Miami... I found the burger over-cooked and nothing special. The fries were a waste of my money -- not worth eating at all. I won't be going back.

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                                                    1. re: karmalaw

                                                      Here here. It's a passable fast food burger at best. I wouldn't go again, not when I could go to Jacks or Char Hut instead.

                                                      For fresh cut fries to get nice and crispy, I'm pretty sure they need the ol' double fry, Belgian treatment. You definitely don't want to seal them up in a paper bag like 5G's does (I had the same experience to a T).

                                                      1. re: johnmlinn

                                                        I made a second trip, asked for my fries well done and ate in store. It was better. There are still dozens of other burgers I'd choose first, but it's serviceable for sure.

                                                    2. After hearing all the brew-ha-ha about five guys we gave it a try. Frankly I would rate their burgers as only slightly better than fast food and the fries were soggy. This was at the Parkside location. I think the burgers at Biffs, Ted Peters, and Dodo's are head and shoulders above five guys and these places you can get you burger done to order.

                                                      Joe D.

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                                                      1. re: JDeSimone

                                                        Joe,

                                                        You bring up Ted Peters as a better alternative. While I do like Ted Peters a great deal, you are comparing a $6.95 burger with no fries at TP's versus a burger and fries for a lesser price at five Guys. Is that a fair comparison? I'm not sure. Just a thought.

                                                        John

                                                        1. re: RibDog

                                                          Just got off the phone with Five Guys. Double Cheese burger is 4.69. Regular Fries 2.29. Both before tax. Yes TP may be a bit off for comparison. But the differnce for a really good buger is well worth the small difference in price. Dodo's is much better 1/3lb Angus cheesebuger with fries for like 6.00? Now for Biff's it's been a while but again a great burger was if I remember correctly 6-6.50 with fries.

                                                          To each his own.

                                                          Joe D.

                                                          1. re: JDeSimone

                                                            Did not mean any offense with my post. But I have to admit that as long as I lived in St. Pete, I have never heard of Dodo's before. Would love to try it but don't know where it is. Could you elaborate please.

                                                            And I forgot that fries are an extra at Five guys and not included with the burger in it's price. My bad.

                                                            John

                                                            1. re: RibDog

                                                              If it's the same DoDo's i think its on Tyrone Blvd. across from the Veterans Hospital?

                                                              Doe-Doe's Coffee Cup
                                                              9395 Bay Pines Blvd, St Petersburg, FL

                                                                1. re: RibDog

                                                                  Rib no offense taken and sorry I have not replied. Have been busy as of late and just saw your post. The location above is correct. It is on Tyrone across from the VA. Give it a try and I would also suggest Tyrone Restaurant at 7815 38th Ave N, St Petersburg. Just off of Tyrone Blvd. Small hole in the wall but great diner food and burgers as well as breakfasts.

                                                                  Joe D.

                                                      2. Made the 45 minute drive to Ocala to run some errands and found the 5 Guys on 200- there's a brand spankin new Dillards just opened, plus Dicks Sporting Goods on the way- anyway. My little bacon burger was extra tasty, but this time the fries were kind of blech. I don't care, I will be back if I crave a ff burger (not often). It was standing room only in there, SUPER busy on a Sunday at 2pm, and yet somehow we got 5 star service!
                                                        I just had to re-comment because if I remember correctly, our potatoes were also from Telton Idaho......

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                                                        1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                          We've got three 5 Guys locations here in the Jacksonville area and every one of them always seems to be packed!! Great burgers

                                                        2. --- For the record, I have no problem at all eating their big burger and reg. fries at one sitting...
                                                          A 150 pound friend of mine (who is a good eat'n buddy) said as we were leaving Five Guys a couple weeks ago; "man, I coulda eaten 2 of those burgers", and I told him I was getting ready to say the same thing...

                                                          Not complainin', just sayin'...

                                                          Good burger experience, not great...
                                                          Like some others, I like burgers grilled, medium to medium rare...

                                                          If I remember, I think the fries were pretty good the two times I've been there...
                                                          I remember thinking that my wife would really like these--- and if they were limp and greezy I wouldn't have thought that...

                                                          Now I'm hungry!!

                                                          In a few minutes I'm gonna be driving from Town and Country to The Florida Aquarium area... I'm going to search and see if there's one on the way...

                                                          I need a third opinion...

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                                                          1. re: Mild Bill

                                                            Double HA!!!
                                                            Why yes--- yes there is....

                                                            And I posted in the thread!

                                                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/374939

                                                            1. re: Mild Bill

                                                              they are getting ready to open one at Racetrack and Countryway!

                                                            2. I frequent the Midtown location. Great burgers no doubt, but the fries are not good IMO, and the garlic fries are terrible. When I'm feeling like a glut, I grab my burger to go from 5-Guys and then drive thru at McDonalds on Biscayne for fries.

                                                              1. Hmm. I'm a little torn.
                                                                I've eaten at Five Guys twice now. Burgers aren't the first thing I order on a menu, so a place totally dedicated to the American staple without infusing it with chemicals isn't something I would normally pop in to. But, alas, I went because my buddy at EatingTampa.com said I had to.
                                                                It was good. The fries were real potatoes cut fresh, just like Dad used to make. The burger (I got mine loaded) dripped with juices and the 5000 condiments I put on mine.
                                                                Was it earth shattering? No. I prefer the burgers at Pane Rustica, Noho Bistro, and The Bungalow Bistro better. Maybe it has something to do with Five Guys being a chain, maybe not. Maybe its just a decent burger with a great marketing team.

                                                                http://www.culinarysherpas.com/

                                                                1. I don't think I'd characterize it as a "must try." But the burgers are okay. The fries are great, provided you order them well done.

                                                                  1. I grew up in the Tampa area, but moved to D.C. 10 years ago. Five Guys started up here and one of their original locations was down the street from my old office. Knowing that Five Guys burgers and their greasy bag of fries have made their way down to Tampa makes those trips home to visit family all the better. I cannot wait to wash down a Five Guys meal with a couple Ybor Golds.

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                                                                    1. re: FlaHopper

                                                                      You know it's made here anymore, right? Ybor Gold, that is. The brewery closed , but the beer lives on - brewed in Melbourne.

                                                                      http://www.sptimes.com/2003/08/15/Tam...

                                                                      1. re: maladrin

                                                                        Yah, the Florida Beer Company folks. It is disappointing that the brewery in Ybor closed while Yuengling seems to be doing fine. However, the fact that I can still get a six pack and find it on tap whenever I'm in town keeps me happy. Speaking of the Florida Beer Company, it also brews Holy Makerel's (out of Ft. Lauderdale) two styles (a dark ale and a Belgian style), which are easily as good as Ybor Gold and much better than that Key West beer.

                                                                    2. Five Guys Burgers Coming to Kendall !! Lots of construction and Help Wanted signs , they should be open soon . Located in a strip mall on North Kendall Drive ( SW 88 ST ) on the North side at around 103 Ave - before SW 107 ave. Have never ate at one , but we need a good burger spot around here . The only thing close is Scullys on Sunset. All we have in Kendall is bar food and chain restaurants. Bring back Dalts !!!!!!

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                                                                      1. re: anne collins

                                                                        How can 5 Guys be any good if they only serve well done hamburgers. Yuck! Go for the fries and skip the burger.

                                                                        1. re: Alfred G

                                                                          Not 'yuck!'--------- That's way too dramatic...
                                                                          They're good, but because of that well-done thing, 'not GREAT'...

                                                                          The burgers at least have been juicy the 3 times I've been there, and that goes a long way...

                                                                          With all the topping combos possible it's not hard to put together a burger and fry combo that can get you thru the next few hours...
                                                                          There are no contracts to sign...

                                                                          Just don't anticipate the best burger you ever had, if you like 'em medium rare...

                                                                          If I can do it, you can too!

                                                                          1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                            Bill, have you been to Square One yet? We loved it!

                                                                            1. re: rhnault

                                                                              No... I didn't know about them...
                                                                              Soon I'll go-- I just Googled them, thanks...

                                                                              *************

                                                                              I passed a 5 Guys today at Dale Mabry and Fletcher and popped in for lunch just because I posted about them earlier today and wanted a confirmation...

                                                                              I think today was my third visit...

                                                                              I said in an earlier post that I could easily eat their regular fries...
                                                                              Well today I couldn't... They filled the cup, and then half the bag, burying the wrapped burger...

                                                                              The fries were real and fresh tasting, but I just didn't care about them...
                                                                              They got starchy, potatoey & monotonous real quick...
                                                                              Maybe if they were a lil' thinner they'd have been crispier and toastier...

                                                                              I'll admit I didn't go in super hungry...

                                                                              The burger's bun could be better...
                                                                              It's just a raw room-temp bread bun that I think should be toasted ----- and I wish the meat had some kind of grilled taste, seasoning, or soul...
                                                                              It was just 'MEAT PATTY'...

                                                                              So, not 'yuck' just because of the 'well-done meat thing', there are other issues--- but I don't think they're 'that' good...
                                                                              It was all kinda mooshy...
                                                                              Almost $11.00 with fries and a drink...

                                                                              You shouldn't have to depend on condiments and toppings for ALL of the flavor...

                                                                              The fire grill at Burger King delivers a better 'tasting' burger...

                                                                      2. we ate there when they first opened and the hamburgers were well done and on the order of mcdonald's. the fries, which we expected a lot of since they were 'twice fried', turned out to be greasy and limp. a man opened the door as we went out and we thought he was just going in when he asked what we thought of the food. we told him and he turned out to be one of the 'five guys'. he just kept defending the dry hamburgers. we used to be in the restaurant business so we knew what to look for.

                                                                        1. I drive past the place often, and it never looks slammed any more...

                                                                          1. After reading these reviews, you'd think Five Guys was a godsend from the heavens. The burger is OK and the fries were limp not crunchy, but together with a regular drink it is $10. The burger is nothing more than a step up from your typical fast food joints like McD's and the likes. It's cooked on a griddle and the fries are still greasy. You can't deep fry fries without retaining grease.Greasy food abound here.

                                                                            I don't think this place deserves all the hoopla unless your favorite burger and fries were from a fast food chain of the lower scale. This is still fast food and there are much better burgers to be found in my area of Palm Beach Gardens, starting with most bars. This place raises the "bar" but you have to take into account what you are comparing it to.

                                                                            Overpriced burger @ $4.70, regular fries @ $2.30, plus regular drink isn't worth it to me for $10. There are many articles posted about how they won cheap eats awards, etc. I don't consider this place a cheap eats joint. The place is kind of cheesy too, as they have bags of potatoes laying around and the board says "todays potatoes are from Anytown, Idaho". Does anyone really care where the poatoes are from and what difference does it make? Maybe if you were talking fresh fish, but not potatoes.

                                                                            Misses:
                                                                            burger cooked on a griddle and totally lacking any cooked flavor
                                                                            fries were undercooked and soggy
                                                                            not cheap
                                                                            definitely not even near a "best burger" I've eve had
                                                                            hoopla is unfounded

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                                                                            1. re: freakerdude

                                                                              I think you want to compare their $4.70 double burger to someone else's $10 burger, which is not the same.
                                                                              If you don't think the total package is worth $10 or not good at Five Guys, then don't go there. They really don't seem to be lacking for customers, and my feelings is that its a lot better then most $9.00 and $10,00 burgers. I've been to a lot of joints but can't seem to find any joint selling their double burgers for $4.80, in a sit down restaurant, with parking. The potatoes and peanuts out front is part of the ambiance, and to prove to you that they are fresh and not taken out of a SYSCO frozen bag, like most all hamburger joints.
                                                                              The Sarasota store had 14 guys working as fast as they could to take care of the traffic, cook and handle each order separately and correctly and still charge $4.80. I'm impressed and amazed as to how they can do this for that amount of money, when so many restaurants are now on the verge of going broke.

                                                                              1. re: irwin

                                                                                I went to the one in Miami......It was OK.....nothing special......And what burger joint doesn't serve a milkshake??.....I want a hamburger, fries and a milkshake....to complete the experience....The burger was decent but hardly memorable.....I did like the fries....they we're memorable....But no milkshakes.....It was just OK.....and you know you have problems when the fries are the "star of the show"........

                                                                                EMac

                                                                              2. re: freakerdude

                                                                                I agree completely. I'll say it again, this is a passable burger at best but hardly a substitute for the real thing.

                                                                                Also - I've posted links to this in other burger threads, but if you have not tried the new, fresh ground burger at Big City Dogs in Fort Lauderdale, you should give it a shot. Leagues better than FG, close to Le Tub in terms of size and quality, and at $8 including great fries and a cold root beer it's nearly an impossible deal to beat.

                                                                                1. re: johnmlinn

                                                                                  the link

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                                                                                  Big City Dogs
                                                                                  1199 E Commercial Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33334

                                                                              3. We finally tried 5 Guys here in Westchase, and we were happy campers. Yum yum. ;)

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                                                                                1. re: Manderley

                                                                                  Happy to report we finally tried as well. I thought the bacon cheeseburger was great. Tasted like a backyard burger of many youthful summers. Juicy, covered with assorted toppings...decadent. The fries are the bomb! When you go, split your order and get half cajun and half regular fries. I do wish they served milkshakes though.

                                                                                  1. re: herbage

                                                                                    LOL i said the same thing! my honey tells me to go to an ice cream shop first and bring my own milkshake with me!! Okay I'm salivating now. :)

                                                                                    1. re: herbage

                                                                                      Being an In-n-Out nut, I wholeheartedly concur with your desire for milkshakes.

                                                                                      1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                        Actually, I just wish we had an In-n-Out and I would skip 5 Guys entirely.

                                                                                        1. re: herbage

                                                                                          That would work too, but probably won't happen so long as one of the original founders are still alive. I can see the kids allowing franchises, though, there is big demand for them.

                                                                                          1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                            I am sorry for you if you think Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries is actually good. I have tried the two in Jacksonville, twice at Town center, because the first time was horrible, and people said it was good, so I tried it again, burgers were dry and fries average. Tried the new one in Five Points: Just as bad.

                                                                                  2. I've tried twice - just to confirm first impression. I can't imagine what in the world people see in this place. You've heard the story of the Emperor's clothes? If you force yourself to believe the ga-ga reviews, well, you'll believe just about anything. The key ingredient is a serious disappoint - the burgers are a messy pile of nothing special, and 'way too expensive for what you're getting. The sparse, metal & formica setting was the perfect touch for a place to which I hope never to return.

                                                                                    1. Do not go to the Five Guys in South Tampa. The burgers were cold had ordered 3 for my family. The Five Guys in Westchase is better.