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5 guys? Is it really that good?

We're looking for a decent (cheap eat) burger. I keep hearing about 5 guys - is it worth it?

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  1. Yes, and this is coming from a Californian who swore West Coast burgers couldn't be matched. It really is one of the best on the East Coast. It took me awhile to get past my denial, but 5 Guys always delivers the goods. And the fries are tops as well.

    1. I've found that the quality and cleanliness varied from place to place. The first one we tried left us feeling underwhelmed and wondering what all the hype was about. Plus the tables were dirty. Several months later we decided to try a different one and found that the burgers were much better and the tables were clean.

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      1. re: MizYellowRose

        I think this is the case. Some seem to be a lot better than other. I haven't had a problem with either of the ones I visit and love them. The last time I visited one, it seemed to cut the size of a fry order in half. It's not really that much of a value if you have to order your own burger and fries. I expect one regular order of fries to be enough for two people and then some.

      2. they are good, but they're huge.

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        1. re: hill food

          Not impressed, sorry. I don't get the 5 guys hype.

          1. re: kelarry

            Same here. I don't get it. They're greasy and taste just blah. I'd just as soon have a Wendy's burger if we're talking chain food. The exalted fresh french fries are usually pretty limp and taste to me as if they've been treated with a sugar solution to promote browning.

            1. re: rockycat

              Agreed. The fries look good, but are mushy and limp. Burgers only cooked well-done, and too much bun for a single burger. I haven't tried the double burgers.

              1. re: JennS

                if I'm in the Metro Center area and have a choice between 5 Guy's and Ollie's, I'm going to Ollie's. but with no such alternative, one could do worse.

              2. re: rockycat

                Man I agree. Have only been once, but the burger was greasy and the patty was loose and feel apart a tthe first bite. The fries were like greased spaghetti. I'll take a Big Mac before I'll eat another burger here. Best to look for a little local place--they're trying to make a living and don't have a "corporate" backup!

          2. Lousy burgers. Good peanuts. The fries are all right, but nothing special. I have no idea why the hype about these places continues.

            1. Because people's tastes in burgers widely varies, you really have to try it for yourself. I think they're great burgers. The meat itself has a good, beefy taste and texture. I love getting mine with cheese and jalapenos. Just remember that the small burger is, well, NOT small! The regular burger has two patties! You'll leave feeling full and your appetite for a good burger hopefully sated.