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Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries Coming to Middlesex, NJ!

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Uh-oh, Five Guys ( http://www.fiveguys.com/ ) is opening a place on Rt. 1 in Middlesex, NJ, which isn't too far from where I live. I travel down to Maryland alot, and usually end up getting a burger and fries from their locations in Laurel or Glen Burnie. This stuff is totally addictive.

The burgers are grilled on a flat-top, with a nice char and great flavor, not unlike the west coast's In-n-Out burgers (these are better IMO). The fries are fresh-cut and done in peanut oil to order, and are crisp and amazing. (Although I've heard complaints that some locations don't do them to order and end up getting soggy).

We central NJ residents are in for a treat.

  1. We love love them too. Just remember that their standard burger is a double, small is a single...We eat them in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

    1. While the word "famous" is part of the name, I've never heard of Five Guys and their burgers and fries. Looking at their website, I see it's a chain, and they're in states all down the eastern seaboard, including three outlets in southern NJ. So, how they've managed to remain unknown to me is a total mystery. In any event, if you say the burgers are really good, I may give it a try. Any idea when the Middlesex location will be opening?

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      1. re: RGR

        I've been going to the original in Arlington, VA since they opened. As a matter of fact I went to it last week. And the month before I went to the one they opened in DC. Yes it's a chain but in a good way - they have so far managed to maintain quality and consistency in the burgers. I'm not into fries much but they do take pride in posting where the latest batch of potatoes comes from.

      2. I assume that's Middlesex County, since Route 1 does not go through the town of Middlesex, NJ. The zip code is Edison, NJ.

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        1. re: fpatrick

          You are certainly right. The location appeas to be just north of Plainfield Ave. in Edison. in a stripmall that also contains Outback Steakhouse. No clues on opening date, though.

          1. re: cranrob

            Are you sure you dont mean "Cheeseburger in Paradise"? Thats due to open soon, on Route 1 across from the Woodbridge Mall, in Woodbridge, which is in Middlesex County.

            1. re: nyebaby37

              WAIT, i do apologize, i checked their website -- they are coming to Wick Plaza on Route 1 South. This is about 2 lights south of the intersection of 287 and Route 1. Will check it out, thanks for the headsup!!

        2. I'm afraid you will be disappointed. Five Guys used to make the best burgers you ever had, but that was when they only had a few stores in the DC area. They are now the classic example of what goes wrong when you overexpand too fast. While they still make fairly good burgers, they are nothing special anymore. Much better than the average fast food joint, but not as good as the burger you get a a decent diner.

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          1. re: dinwiddie

            This is a tale of how quality control slips in the face of expansion. When there were fewer locations, and particularly when they were all "in the family" of the original founders, one could say that the place was quite good, no matter which location you went to. Now, one is in the position of having to be cautious. It appears that all the locations are still following the original standards (fresh ground beef, not frozen, fries cut fresh in the store from real potatoes, etc.), but the execution and results vary from location to location, and sometimes from shift to shift.

            For those up in NJ, here's hoping that the new location has ownership and management that will do what it takes to be the best, rather than just going through the motions and/or cutting corners.

          2. There's no middle ground with Five Guys, you either love it or hate it (it's a fairly frequent source of heated chat on the DC board). I've been to many locations--including the originals before franchising--and never had a burger I'd go out of my way to get again. Greasy and sloppy on a wimpy bun that can't hold up even with just a few toppings.

            I'd consider it comparable with In-n-Out, that is to say it's decent, but just not worth all the hype.

            For me, the fries are the real draw, as OP describes. With a splash of vinegar, I've never been disappointed in them at any location. (And a regular-size is big enough for everyone at your table.)

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            1. re: tubman

              Well, here's my view:
              I used to be a burger snob... any burger that wasn't done over real charcoal just wasn't a burger for me. Now, I divide burgers into two categories: Backyard Burgers (the ones done over charcoal or at least done on a gas grill with direct heat beneath a grid, and Flat-top burgers (ala In-N-Out and Five Guys). Alot of the flavor you get from a Backyard Burger comes from fat dripping on the hot coals or lavarocks or whatever, vaporizing, and wafting back up to flavor the meat. With a good hot flat-top and good quality meat, the flavor comes from a good Maillard Reaction (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maillard... ) . Both methods have their own flavors... I no longer have a preference, but it's hard to find a good Flat-top burger these days. The ones I've had at Five Guys have passed the test. :-)

              1. re: cranrob

                I see your point and yes, Five Guys' meat is very good when stacked up against other flat-tops...but alas, count me among the charcoal snobs. And a better bun to keep everything together certainly wouldn't hurt.

            2. I had my first Five Guys burger while driving through Delaware last month and then discovered that they'll soon be opening a place in Hackensack, NJ. I must say that they make a fine burger (with a nice variety of optional toppings). But in Hackensack they'll be going head to head with White Mana Burger which produces one of the best slider style burgers around.

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              1. re: jojo2

                Heading to Hackensack myself for White Mana Burgers - Have not had one since college

              2. i couldnt believe the sign when i saw it! just moved back to nj from georgetown DC and have been craving their burgers

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                1. re: 1specialgrl

                  I love Five Guys. My s.o. is from Queens, and a Five Guys just opened down the street from my in-laws' house. It's as good in New York as it is in DC.

                  But I wanted to let you know that my favorite burger, when I was in college in central Virginia, was the Beverly Burger at The Beverly in Staunton. You should try it. It's been a few years since I've been there, but I can't imagine it not being as good as it was when I was in college.

                2. I lived in the DC-Northern VA area for many years (born & raised in NJ) and always enjoyed Five Guys. I relocated to Roanoke, VA about five years ago and really missed their burgers and fries. They opened a place in nearby Salem, VA and my wife and I eat there about once a month when we crave a good burger and fries. We just drove up to visit family in NJ and found two additional Five Guys locations, just off I-81 in Woodstock, VA and near Staunton, VA (Exit 222). We hit the Woodstock location for a burger and found them to be as good as ever. The fries are outstanding and a "regular" size order is enough for three people. It's good to hear that they're coming to NJ, so we'll have another place to hit on our trips north.

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                  1. re: John Fugel

                    I have to agree that Five Guys is still serving up a good burger and their fries really "rock."!!! Making me hungry. :)

                    1. re: firststater

                      Five Guys is coming to Brick, NJ RT 70 near the Target

                        1. re: bgut1

                          I Heard thje 5 guys is open in brick

                          1. re: timmy

                            I thought I posted this already ... but they seem to be opening one in Toms River on Rt.37 in the new shopping center on the corner of St. Catherine's. The space looks kind of empty so it may be a while. These "guys" are sprouting all over. I hope for them they are not over expanding too quickly.

                            1. re: bgut1

                              Is that 37 West your are referring to almost to Manchester?

                              1. re: tuxedo

                                Yup. The exact address is Orchards at Dover Shopping Center
                                1311 Rt. 37, Toms River, NJ.

                  2. Has anybody been to the five guys in Edison yet? It's opened when I drove by there last.
                    Also, FYI, there's going to be one in Woodbridge Mall

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                    1. re: wench31

                      I went over there the other day and can assure you that it's open and crowded.

                      I'll leave it to others to comment on the quality.

                    2. Five Guys opened in Northern Delaware this year. I quickly became a huge fan! They definitely run circles around our local options!

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                      1. re: Kevets

                        Wow,I'm a little surprised.I always consider the Charcoal Pit burger as N. Delaware's best,with Jake's in second place.The 5G burger strikes me as pretty tasteless.But their fries are as good as I've had from a chainburger place.

                        1. re: billfish

                          I've always enjoyed Jakes but I have to say the fries and general ease in ordering have pulled me over to 5G.
                          ...And for native Delawareans, Charcoal Pit is an institution. How many places are there where you can eat your High School alma mater represented in a massive ice cream Sunday??

                          1. re: Kevets

                            Picked up burgers and fries from Five Guys for lunch today in the new store in Brick. The burgers were juicy and the fries were hot. All of the condiments are free and you can have as many as you want on your burger.

                            Anyone in the area should give this place a try.

                            1. re: Babs16

                              Think i will try to get there this weekend..thanks for the report!

                      2. Well, my co-worker and I went here today for "going out for lunch Wednesday". I feel fat. They give you a ton of fries. The burgers and fries were just fine. Better than your regular fast food chain stuff. I'm glad I asked what a little cheeseburger was. If I had ordered a regular, I would have gotten a double cheeseburger. Yikes! I'll go back.

                        1. I have eaten at 2 or 3 different Five Guys. I think they have maintained their product across locations. Their burgers are OK. I like the fact that they have quite a few choices for toppings (and they usually get them right). These burgers are not the cat's ass though, IMO. To compare them to In n Out burgers from the west coast is a bit silly. In n Out burgers (and fries) are superior to Five Guys burgers (and fries).

                          I usually go if I am craving a burger and am too lazy or busy to make my own and I don't mind wolfing down a fast food thing. Their fries are better than the burgers, IMO.

                          www.roguefood.com

                          1. cranrob,

                            Which did you consider better, Five Guys or In-n-Out? I couldn't tell from your post.

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                            1. re: hotdoglover

                              Tough one. Since it's impossible to have them side-by-side, it's hard to make a judgement. For burgers, In-n-out is more consistant (Last time I went to the new 5 Guys in Edison, the burger guy was moving the burgers around the grill so they didn't get much of a crust on them :-( ). When 5 Guys is "on", It's probably better than In-n-out. The fries are probably a tie. (Both are fresh-cut from high quality potatoes, and cooked in Peanut Oil).