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