Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Marlborough
Today I had lunch at Five Guys Burgers and Fries at their newest location in Marlborough. Today was opening day for them. There was a small line that went out the door but it moved quickly and there was also a short wait while each order was prepared.
The menu is limited; they offer burgers with a variety of free toppings, fries, soda w/ free refills and other drinks, hot dogs, and a veggie burger. The burgers come in two sizes: regular, which is two patties; and little, which is one patty. The fries come in two styles--- regular and cajun---and are cooked in peanut oil, which I think adds a nice flavor to them. The fries portion size is really generous, a regular size order is enough for two people. The only downside to the menu is that they don’t have shakes or onion rings, I’m disappointed, but I’ll get over it.
The food follows the current practice for these types of fast food restaurants, everything is totally fresh and made on site, and nothing is pre-frozen or sits under heat lamps. You can see and taste the freshness.
The atmosphere is no frills and there is plenty of seating. 80s rock played on the PA system. I felt the interior gave off a 50s vibe. The kitchen is open and you can see the food being prepared. The kitchen is filled with busy employees manning the equipment and working with assembly line efficiency. While I was waiting in line, one of the owners worked the line asking customers if this was their first time at a five guys, if it was, he explained the menu to you. The cashier who took my order did the same thing. And, as you wait in line, there are shelled peanuts to munch on.
I do have to mention a WARNING…the place is not peanut allergy friendly. They cook in peanut oil, and as mentioned above, they have peanuts to much on while waiting in line.
The price is comparable to similar places, I paid $10 and change for a two patty cheeseburger, regular size fries, and a medium soda.
I feel that Five Guys is on par with In-N-Out Burger on the West Coast and they are better than UBurger. The usual fast food burger places, McD’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc. pale in comparison.
This is a burger place you have to check out for yourself.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
197 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752
This place is less than a mile from my home. Nothing special here, just another place to keep the medical facilities in the area prosperous. Burgers are bad for ya, and the fried smell that's injected in the air, as you try to go shopping to Hannaford's or Office Max is not delightful at all. Don't see too many folks from the fitness center hopping over there for a bite to eat anytime soon. Gee! isn't enough we have an artery filling Mexican restaurant in the immediate area, and now this Grease Pit?? I thought that Marlborough was up & coming? Guess I was hoodwinked into to thinking that would be reality, eh??!
We tried the Marlboro 5 Guys location yesterday and it was great, the perfect meal to nurse a bit of a hang over really.
I got the standard cheeseburger with grilled onions and it was juicy and delicious. To the comments about the burgers being overcooked, mine was not dry at all, it was extremely juicy and satisfying actually. They obviously use meat with a very high fat content so the juicyness should hold up even when well done. Also, they used real american cheese between the two patties, so I am not sure what the reference is to "gloppy american cheesefood-like goop". Maybe the cheese was just melted?
I preferred 5G burger to the other grilled patties available in this area.
The fries were pretty good (we got the cajun style), but I might ask for 'well done' fries next time and see how they do with that.
I hope they open a location somewhere closer in to town. I will look forward to trying the Randolph location opening this month.
OK, enough hype on "5 Guys" !
I have been multiple times to the new Dedham 5 guys in Dedham as well as the location in Tampa. it doesn't matter if the beef is fresh ground, hand-formed, or hand massaged Kobe. The core problem is that as long as you have to cook ground beef to an internal temp. of 160 degrees, the burger is going to inedible. The Dedham location consistently overcooks the beef resulting in a dry, gray burger. The fresh toppings are great, but ultimately its all about the 'burger.
I went recently and just didn't care for it. They have a sign that says "our burgers are all cooked juicy and well done." Mine was well done all right, but it wasn't juicy. It was covered with gloppy american cheesefood-like goop. Not my idea of a good burger.
I do appreciate the fresh ingredients.
The fries are good, I'll give them that, if for no other reason than they are fresh and handcut. It's just sad that today it is considered exemplary for a restaurant to serve fries that are fresh and not previously frozen.
I found the rock music over the PA system there overbearingly loud. I asked them to turn it down and they didn't. When I go to lunch, I like a more peaceful environment. For this one reason, I don't think I'll visit there again. Also, I am a vegetarian and there's not much eating options for me. They have a burgerless sandwich, but I didn't try it the day I went in.
Keep in mind:
Studies show that most allergic individuals can safely eat peanut oil.
Check with your doctor if unsure.
For me, I'd probably worry about cross contamination with the actual peanuts, but there is no need to worry about the oil.