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Five Guys Burgers (Los Angeles) - New locations Planned?

Currently the Southern California market has locations in Cerritos and Carson. Does anyone know if there are any plans to open locations closer to Los Angeles proper (e.g. near downtown LA, the San Fernando Valley, or Santa Monica)?

Any info on this subject would be most appreciated.

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  1. My brother and father talk about this place constantly (they're in Jersey). They tell me it's worth a drive to grab a burger from them, but frankly I've got an In n Out about a mile from my house. With gas starting to creep back up, I think I'll wait till there's one closer.

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    1. re: mrsantora

      i'm from the east coast originally, and since coming here i've always thought the comparison between 5 guys and in-n-out was unfair (to both places). they are different animals. i happen to like them both and would never eat at one place over the other exclusively. i think that in terms of type of burger and price points i would compare 5 Guys more to Fatburger, and i would most definitely eat at 5 Guys to the exclusion of Fatburger. But basically I think you are correct to wait for a location near you before giving it a try to find out if your dad and brother are on to something... only if your regular travels takes you down to Cerritos or Carson would i suggest swinging by to give them a try.

    2. Go check their website, I think it lists future locations.

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        i looked on the website but it didn't seem clear if they had any info on upcoming franchise openings. maybe i'll give it another look...

        1. re: HerbyN

          Following up on my original post... i know that there is now a cerritos location in addition to the one in carson.... but anyone know if there plans to have an LA location in the 323 or 818 area codes?

          1. re: HerbyN

            Ah, 5 Guys. Heard it was great from someone back East. Have tried the Carson "branch" a number of times. Don't read further if you think In&Out has a great burger.

            The meat is great. The fires are excellent. The buns are terrible. I talked to one of the principals on the first visit and told him I thought the buns were lacking. They do grill them but they are still soggy and tasteless. Even after asking them not to wrap the burger in the foil, the bun was still not on the same level with the meat. My friend tells me their press cites them as having great buns. No. A great bun is the bun at 25 Degrees. Still, their fries are almost worth a trip.

            1. re: mopeyboy

              I concur regarding their buns; insubstantial. Price point-wise I would compare them more to Fatburger. I personally prefer FB over the 5G in Carson. If I'm ever back east, I would have to try a 5G.

        1. re: PeterL

          No, it's not. It's a fat patty/restaurant style burger, nothing near In n Out.

        2. Five Guys is awesome! Far better than In N'Out. We discovered it on a layover in Dulles Airport. Then we arrived in our destination and found one in Kitty Hawk NC. We went twice. On arriving back in Southern California, we went to the one in Carson and it was great. The burgers & fries rock. I will give them major props for consistence. Every burger I've had, whether it was at 6:30am at an airport or the middle of the day in North Carolina or California, was exectly the same. Which was spectacular. After all the talk of Five Guys, I think I know where I'm going for lunch. Please if someone is looking to make alot of money, start franchising Five Guys in the Valley!

          1. There is a Five Guys in the Valencia Mall and another one coming to Northridge in the same lot as Costco on Tampa. Great , liked it better than In n Out . Great choice in fixins and great cajun french frries/

            1. Just my two cents on the place. Finally ate at the one in NY near Washington Sq. Firstly, the price was RIDDICK like Bowe. 13 or 14 bucks for a small burger and fries and a drink. I assume there was a Manhattan markup but still.... Burger was good not great - very comparable to Fatburger - maybe a tiny bit fatter. For the price not worth it.

              Sole reason for going their would be the fries. They do them Eastern Shore Style. Skins on, in a cup. Only proper way to eat them is doused liberally with vinegar. A recaptured taste of my youth - very, very good - yet not good enough to merit a trip from LA proper to Carson. Now if I happened to be rolling through Culver.....

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              1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                What you ordered would be about $8-$10, here in LA. Even at that, Five Guys just isn't worth the price. The fries are better, but the burgers at In N Out are better.

                1. re: reality check

                  thought the exact same thing. fries are a lot better at five guys but the burgers are vastly superior at in n out.

              2. I found the meat to be decent, not great. The bun was terrible. The fries were terrible. The price is insulting. I just hate mayo on a burger, YUCK. They just opened one up in Rancho Cucamonga so maybe I will have to try that location. We tried the one in Cerritos and left very disappointed considering all the praise it gets on the East Coast.

                I will take a 4 x 4 over 5 Guys and Fat Burger any day.

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                1. re: A5 KOBE

                  The buns are Sarah Lee, so they are straight-up grocery store buns. How did you get mayo on the burger without ordering it that way? The big thing at Five Guys is customization. You're right, mayo does not belong on a burger.

                  1. re: TheBurgerBusters

                    Totally disagree with both of you. Nothing wrong with mayo on the bun that holds the lettuce, tomato, etc. of my burgers. I hate dry burgers with nothing on the bun. If I want just ketchup & mustard I'll go to Micky D's.

                  2. re: A5 KOBE

                    I went to the Rancho location, and left ashamed because I had cheated on In-N-Out. Now I don't mind that it was slightly more than In-N-Out so long as it's good. How disappointed I was. I ordere my small cheeseburger with lettuce, grilled onions, tomato, pickles, mushrooms, A1, mustard, ketchup, and mayo. The burger itself was juicy, but it was not at all beefy enough. The bun was dry, so I appreciated my mustard, mayo, ketchup, and A1. I really didn't taste anything. All the flavors muddled in together, and not in a good way...nothing was noticeable or discernable. I didn't taste the mushrooms or the grilled onions. The A1 didn't pack a punch like it usually does. I was pretty disappointed. My husband ordered the bacon burger, and it was okay. The bacon didn't do much to help or make it better.
                    I wasn't impressed, and I'm willing to give it one more shot because people seem to love it so much, but I still feel like I cheated on In-N-Out.

                    1. re: attran99

                      LOL!! Feel like I cheated on In n Out!! Love that quote. I have to try them, just to see for myself, but I am keeping expectations way, way down. Thanks for your report, though!

                      1. re: Phurstluv

                        I like In 'N Out, but others will fly into LAX just for a layover to allow time to take the Parking Spot Shuttle to In'N Out. The Parking Spot has an entrance to the restaurant. . The only time I go is when I go to Marina Del Rey Costco. The restaurant is at one end of the parking lot. Have also eaten at 5 Guys. Unimpressed, except for the fax order option (this was Phoenix, don't know if it is an option here).
                        In and Out might trump 5 guys. The Counter is definitely better than both. My favorite is still The Apple Pan. P.S. detest fries at In "n Out and at 5 Guys.

                        Apple Pan
                        10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                        1. re: maudies5

                          Me too!! I like them, but shouldn't eat it all the time. We probably shop at that Costco at the same times!! I was impressed by them when I first moved here, now, it's just another fast food option.

                          I love the Counter too, think it's better than In n Out. Don't get the Apple pan, but we've had that conversation before! 5 Guys were supposed to have great fries? Well, we'll see, I suppose.

                          1. re: Phurstluv

                            The fries are better than In-N-Out. Fried in peanut oil, the crisp is definitely better than In-N-Out. The fries can be seasoned with seasoning salt or with some cajun seasoning. They are served in the 5 Guys drink cups. They're seasoned pretty well. The fries on top are rather crispy, but the fries hanging out at the bottom get pretty soggy, pretty fast.
                            In my opinion, this place seems like it's missing something...or a lot of something. I do recommend trying it once because of all the hype, you want to know what everyone's talking about, But you're right in not setting your expectations high, Let us all know what you think after your trip.

                  3. http://la.eater.com/archives/2011/05/...

                    There's one opening up in Westwood in June.

                    Pro Tip: If you order bacon on your cheeseburger, ask the counter staff to place the bacon on top of the patty rather than underneath.

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                    1. re: TheBurgerBusters

                      I had also heard of a Five Guys opening in Westwood. Supposedly replacing the defunct pasta place a couple doors down from Trader Joe's. But now it is Sept. and no hint of one, and no listing on their website.

                      Anyone have any info?

                      1. re: nosh

                        I just noticed that, too. It was showing on their webpage and now the Westwood location has been scrubbed form their site!

                    2. Five Guys is coming to USC area...
                      at 2700 Fiqueroa St.
                      Los Angeles, CA 90007

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                      1. re: wienermobile

                        and Northridge near Costco at
                        8850 Tampa Avenue
                        Northridge, CA 92325

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          also soon to
                          Santa Fe Springs Plaza
                          10140 Carmenita Road
                          Santa Fe Springs, CA 90605

                            1. re: maudies5

                              where's my jumbo jack when I need it?
                              In N out aint great, and these comments don't indicate 5dudes to be any better.

                          1. re: wienermobile

                            Five Guys Northridge opens Mon 9/12.

                        2. And there's a Five Guys near CSU Fullerton on the S/E corner of Chapman & St College.

                          1. Peanuts everywhere so don't go if you have a peanut allergy.

                            I walked in and walked out of the Carson location.

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                              1. re: Burger Boy

                                don't go if you're allergic to peanuts?

                                1. re: Burger Boy

                                  They give free peanuts and use peanut oil for frying.

                                  1. re: AAQjr

                                    And those peanut shells are strewn all over the floor...

                                    1. re: OCAnn

                                      I didn't notice that at the culver city location and to be fair the PBTC was using gloves to handle the nuts.

                                      Of course.. caveat emptor

                                      1. re: AAQjr

                                        peanuts are just laying out in the open @ Carson location; enough to scare the GF away (who is the one with peanut allergies)

                                        1. re: ns1

                                          Been to four of the Five Guys locations, Carson, Cerritos, Fullerton, and Orange; all have peanuts out in the open.

                                          I agree with the comment about their buns, a low quality bun that doesn't hold up to the toppings.

                                          1. re: reality check

                                            keep in mind that I did not say that peanuts weren't out in the open, in individual baskets, only that they were handled carefully by staff and not strewn about by customers. Frankly the peanuts weren't selling fast, even free.

                                            Each person has to assess their own level of risk.

                                        2. re: Servorg

                                          'when correctly viewed...' -Tom Lehrer

                                          Pea-nuts! roflmao - I'm slow today, that took me a second

                                2. My 'peeps' LOVE this place, I've never been...

                                  1. And you know there's been one in Thousand Oaks for a few months now. As for the In-n-Out comparisons, INO is a far better value. But they are different types of burgers, so it's a matter of personal taste.

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                                    1. re: asimen

                                      Per the local paper they are opening up in Simi Valley in July at 2760 Tapo Cyn. This is already a very busy plaza which includes a large movie theatre.


                                      1. re: SIMIHOUND

                                        I think something that's rarely mentioned in the burger wars is the quality of the cheese. The cheese on a double-double is flavorful and substantial.

                                        1. re: david t.

                                          I much prefer the In-N-Out double meat WITHOUT cheese.

                                          1. re: Dogbite Williams

                                            I live in the heart of Five Guy Country in the DC area and have been to the original several times before the recent expansion. I still prefer In-n-Out taste wise and I wish they had them on the East Coast -Five Guys bun almost always falls apart and its just not good quality

                                    2. Looks like one just opened in Fullerton (on Chapman at St. College).

                                      1. On the Five Guys website, they list a new one opening at 5550 Wilshire Blvd as "Coming Soon." That is roughly Wilshire and Burnside. Two blocks east of Hauser. A Five Guys less than 4 miles from my home? Oh, Rapture! Oh, Bliss!

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                                        1. re: Fryboy

                                          Really? Rapture and bliss? You must be a french fry guy. The fries are miles ahead of In-and-Out, but since the Habit has sweet potato fires, they get the leg up. For burgers, it is not even close. The 5 Guy burger is on the low end of the "better burger" range. In-and-Out, the Habit, and Fatburger all all superior. Especially the way they wrap the burger. The bun ends up steamed and soggy, and it was not that great to begin with. Maybe they can toast it on request, but mine was poor. I won't be going back unless someone insists on it.

                                          1. re: ocshooter

                                            Yes rapture AND bliss! As for the "Better Burger" range, Have to admit never been to The Habit(but will try it soon), Fatburger's quality varies tremendously from location to location. and In-and-Out has always sucked it. The burgers are thin and overwhelmed by the topping & the bun. And I have never had a good order of fries there. Five Guys has meatier burgers, a better selection of toppings and the fries, as you agree, are miles ahead. As for sweet potato fries, they are OK every once and a while, but when I think "Burger and Fries" I do not think sweet potato fries. If Five Guys isn't your thing. Great, that just means a shorter line.

                                            1. re: ocshooter

                                              Strange. My family and I are regular visitors to In N Out but once they tried 5 Guys Burgers, there have been comments about making the 30-minute trek back. What In N Out has going for it is a lower cost with the possibility of getting a shake.

                                              What 5 Guys has going for it is tastier burgers with more options and better fries - In N Out's fries, which may be fresh, are also probably the 2nd lousiest of any fast food chain (leaving Del Taco to the worst unless you get their chili fries).

                                              Fatburger's decent but their prices make 5 Guys look like a bargain and they have a tendency to overcook their burgers.

                                              The Habit's decent but didn't leave us thinking, "wow, I'd love to come back here."

                                              1. re: Gnoop

                                                I really don't see them as competitors, myself. But I won't be going back because the whole was not better than the sum of the parts.. no matter how good the burger is is the bun really ruins it for me. I'm not usually particular like that, when you have good meat and condiments its dis-congruous..

                                                I did like the fries though

                                                1. re: AAQjr

                                                  I'll have to evaluate the bun a bit more next round as I really didn't pay it much attention before. Though I'm not sure it would really matter much. The rest is good and the bun didn't seem to distract from the taste (for us) so I can live with it.

                                            2. re: Fryboy

                                              I was only impressed with Five Guys for the peanuts and that is why I will go back. Other than that, very average burgers I thought. I also like In 'n Out's fries better.

                                            3. Sign just went up today for a new Five Guys coming soon on Sepulveda Blvd in El Segundo almost across the street from The Habit. Burger Wars.

                                              460 N. Sepulveda
                                              El Segundo, CA 90245

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                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                In N out>> 5 Guys Burgers>> The Habit.