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Five Guys Burgers Opens in Carson [moved from L.A. board]

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SoCal Foodie May 29, 2008 03:28 PM

I've been informed that the Five Guys burger chain from the East Coast has opened their first location in California (Carson) last week with 30 more franchises slated to open in SoCal. They are apparently as popular to the East Coast as In-N-Out is to us. Has anyone tried their burgers or fries?

www.fiveguys.com/menu.html

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    Nicole May 29, 2008 03:43 PM

    I actually just had their food in Dulles airport in DC a few days ago. It was surprisingly good for fast food or airport food, for that matter. The "little" cheeseburger was around $2.95 and actually quite big (much bigger than in-n-out, but much smaller than a restaurant burger). The nice thing is that a lot of better toppings are free, including not only grilled onions but also grilled mushrooms, and the toppings were very fresh. Burger itself was flavorful. The fries were nice and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, but weren't seasoned at all--I had to add a bunch of salt and pepper myself. The smaller size of fries was actually a huge portion. All in all, for $5 I got a lot of food that was higher quality than most fast food I've tasted. That said, it's still fast food...I don't think I'd go out of my way to visit a So Cal location, but if I was in the area and hungry it would definitely be a good, cheap choice.

    1. ipsedixit May 29, 2008 03:44 PM

      Tried Five Guys when I was in South Carolina. Thought the beef was a bit dry, and the fries were not that great -- a bit too greasy. It honestly reminded a bit of a Wendy's burger. I'm probably biased, but I think INO is better than FG.

      I think the best chain burger I've had recently had to have been at Smashburger, which I understand is also trying to penetrate the SoCal market.

      http://www.mysmashburger.com/

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        gsmoose May 29, 2008 04:19 PM

        I tried Five Guys in Philadelphia. The burgers were decent, especially for fast food, and the "little" burgers are definitely big enough w/1 patty. I agree that having the variety of toppings listed and free is a plus!! They were very generous on the fries, though greasy as ipsedixit mentioned. I had the cajun fries which seemed only lightly seasoned w/Old Bay.

        I haven't been to In-N-Out in a while but given the differences between the 2 places, I'd be happy going to whichever is closest.

        1. blackbookali May 29, 2008 06:10 PM

          Just came back from NYC and the last meal I had was 5 Guys and it was the weakest meal of my trip. Some people seem to dig it, its not any better than Fatburger - but the size(smaller than fat, thicker than In n Out) has its t appeal and In n Out dont do bacon. Not bad to have around but I wouldnt go out of my way to eat there.

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            Mel Gee May 29, 2008 06:29 PM

            If these reports are accurate, Five Guys has gone downhill as the company has exploded in size over the 10 years since I lived near their original few outlets in the Washington, DC, area. Back then, their hamburgers were as much better than INO as the latter are better than McDonald's. In fact, if memory serves, they were as good as all but the very best California burgers -- juicy, well-flavored beef, a large assortment of toppings, and very good fries (not to mention free peanuts). I'll check the new branch in Carson and compare them to memory.

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              aynrandgirl May 31, 2008 12:13 PM

              I prefer In-n-Out burgers. Five Guys burgers have annoyingly soft, chewy buns and the meat is a little overcooked. Much better than the Big 3, but not as good as In-n-Out. The fries are very good, but the smallest order is much too large (and correspondingly expensive: $2.29 here).

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                Ogawak Jun 12, 2008 09:36 PM

                I work in Carson, so it was good to try a new hamburger place. My favorite fast food burgers are Fatburger, Tommy's and In N Out, in that order.

                I ordered the hamburger with regular fries. The burger meat was dry and the bun was very undersized. I liked the fries, though, much better than In N Out or Tommy's, but not as good as Fatburger.

                Tommy's and In N Out are the much better value.

                Fatburger is comparable in price but a much better product all around..

                1. ChrisOC Jun 16, 2008 12:39 PM

                  I feel left out. Here in S. Jersey we have no Fatburger, Tommy's or In N Out. We also lack Jack in the Box (I like the Jumbo Jack) and Carl's Jr. We do have Five Guys and in Williamstown there is a Fudrucker's. I prefer FG - I like their toppings, their french fries with malt vinegar and the free peanuts.

                  1. ktmoomau Jun 23, 2008 04:02 PM

                    Being from the DC area, some locations are better than others, I like the original one the best, I think their relationship with local vendors here probably helps. They use a lot of Old Bay on the fries here and as a MD-ex pat I LOVE old bay and malt vinegar on my fries, so that is one of the big draws. It isn't my favorite burger place here, I like Cheeburger Cheeburger or some local places better, but in an area where it is "food court" choices or when I am short on cash and don't feel like cooking or driving Five Guys definitely hits the spot. Getting the fries from the store back to work without them getting soggy is an art form in these parts. You need to get them out of the bag quickly. I can't wait for our Counterburger to open as it will be the first one in these parts and I like a variety of toppings on my burger.

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                      nickdanger Jun 24, 2008 08:30 AM

                      KT - you should try BGR, the burger joint, in Bethesda, MD, at the Woodmont triangle. I, too, loved the original 5 Guys, but it is inconsistent from store to store. BGR has really good burgers and twice cooked fries.

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                        ktmoomau Jun 24, 2008 10:48 AM

                        Right at the moment I am really partial to Eat Bar in Arlington, it isn't a chain, but it is good Next time I am up that way though I will definitely do that, though. I am always on the lookout for a good burger :)

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