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Dec 25, 2008 09:00 AM

Five Guys in Southfield,MI.

Anyone know the progress on this new venture? Can't believe they're coming to Michigan. Blow away any burger in the area. Have been to Five Guys locations in three other states and they're always consistent and very good. Been to the all the top recs for burgers in metro Detoit and have always been disappointed. A great burger is the sum of its parts, and so many places may claim to use angus beef ,( which by the way means nothing in the way of flavor) and then throw the burger on some shitty bun and a handful of unforgettable fries. Burger purists know what I mean. If you're happy with the dreck you get at the local Coney Island , this post isn't meant for you.

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  1. I'm not expecting much. When Fatburger came, it was hailed as the second coming, and from what I've heard, it isn't anything to write home about. I had Fatburger when I was in Arizona at a Diamondbacks game, and while it was fine, it wasn't anything to write home about, either. Apparently, the Detroit FB isn't anything close to what you get out west.

    Five Guys will get a try from me, but I highly doubt that it'll be anything of consequence when put up against the likes of Miller's Bar and Redcoat Tavern.

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      1. re: jerseyshore

        It very well could be overrated, but I didn't *dislike* what I had in AZ. However, neither did it come up to the standards of the local best-of places like Millers and Redcoat. Still, I don't have any compelling reason to go to Fatburger in Southfield, because I haven't heard, nor seen, good things. It appears that they absolutely *kill* your burger no matter how you ask them to cook it, and it takes for-stinking-ever with pretty crappy service. Basically, it sounds like a half-decent concept with city-of-Detroit service levels, which doesn't sound good to me.

        Like I said, I'll try Five Guys when it finally opens (still under construction as of Sunday, from what I could see), and I'll give it a fair shake.

    1. We were snarky about this burger venture showing up in our neighborhood until we opened our bag filled with fries. I mean, like, FILLED. Being a fan of Nathan's Famous fries since childhood, these plain, simple and ungreasy fries kicked ass... Way too many of them died at my hands.

      Burgers? Meh. Just like Mom made, minus the flavor. Granted, all the trimmings being included were a nice touch. For the price and convenience its alright- provided nobody you care to impress sees you slink out of there with a greasy, steaming bag. If I need a fast bite in another city, it'll suffice.

      For the business smarts, I like what they have done- simple, straight to the point and not catering to screaming munchkins demanding gadgets and toys with their imitation food.

      I'm still going to head out to Burgerville for local beef and veggies, appropriately seasonal foods, compostable dining ware and sweet potato fries once a year...and killer milkshakes, and...

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      1. re: Knifethrower

        Burgerville? It seems that I'm missing something special. Where is Burgerville?

        1. re: jcbroder

          it's in the pacific northwest, so, why it's included in a post about southeastern michigan is beyond me

      2. I was just over on M-59 across from Partridge Creek and I noticed that they are putting a Five Guys there, too. Didn't look like it was ready to open yet, but the sign was there.

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        1. re: grouper

          I drove by there today too and saw it. Btw, we had a really crappy pizza at Pizzaria Rustica in Partridge Creek. Totally undercooked and horrible.

          1. re: Calipoutine

            Is that part of a chain, or an individual place? I'll keep it in mind...I stinking *hate* lousy pizza. Thanks for the heads-up.

            1. re: boagman

              Its a chain that is in S. Florida( actually where I'm from). Everyone there raves about the pizza, but I never had it in Fl because there are so many independent places. I was so craving pizza yesterday and we drove 90 miles from Ontario to eat there!! So dissapointed. But, oh wait. I got a coupon for 50% off my next order( I doubt there will be a next time). The pizza was odd, totally raw on top, even after me asking for it to be put back in the oven for another 5 min.

              1. re: Calipoutine

                Oh, Cali, honey, if you're going to travel to across the border to get pizza, let me save you some driving: Loui's Pizza, 23141 Dequindre Road, Hazel Park, Michigan. 248-547-1711. Still, to this day, the best pizza I've ever eaten in my life.

                Thanks again for the warning about Rustica. I'll avoid.

                1. re: boagman

                  I'll keep that in mind, but its another 40 more miles( each way). I also wanted to do some shopping at Nino Salvaddgio. Thus why we chose to eat at Pizza Rustica. It was either that or CPK or PF Changs!!

          2. Fatburger has had many incarnations/locations outside of LA and variety in product.

            5 Guys is relatively new (last 10 years?) my only caveat is that the smallest is quite large - but not a bad burger at all.

            people debate the fries. to be eaten eaten immediately from what I hear, but that's true for fries anywhere IMHO.

            but then I'm a SteaknShake aff.

            1. If you are looking for the best burgers in Michigan, Washtenaw county has 2 of the best. Sidetrack bar and grill in depot town (Ypsilanti) and Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor (which has been featured on Drive in's, Diners and Dives). Give them a try....don't know how you could be disappointed!

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              1. re: SuperSam30

                Went there with some buddies after work.

                Impressions: Overall a very solid burger. Straddles the line between a "restaurant" burger (e.g. Red robin, Redcoats) and a fast food burger. It still doesn't have the freshness and overall tastiness of a In N Out burger. I'd eat there again if I was in the neighborhood, but I wouldn't bypass redcoats or Vinsetta Grill for it. Esp when my double cheeseburger was already five bucks.