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Aug 23, 2009 08:37 PM

five guys burger sucks

5 guys is a fucking ripoff. i heard so much hype about five guys burgers it cost me 9 bucks for a double cheeseburger and Cajun fries. the burger was pretty good but not AMAZING and it was small as fuck. also the fries were soggy and stale. everyone raves about this place. i drove 45 minutes i am upset.

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      1. I don't eat there often, but I have never been disappointed in the fries. They are about the best I can get in my area. My problem with the burger is that it's too big, and I feel kind of sick after eating it. So I usually get a grilled cheese. Anyway, maybe your Five Guys is a bad one. Our is pretty consistantly good.

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        1. re: jeanmarieok

          Do you get regular (two pattie) burger or the little burger? I find the little cheeseburger to be the perfect size for me. My problem with the fries is I eat too many and get a tummy ache if I don't have someone to split them with.

          1. re: Janet from Richmond

            The little bacon burger makes me so happy-it's perfect. I can almost finish it comfortably. But I can see how a big eater or someone who eats fast could be disappointed. The last time we ordered cajun fries (well done) they really skimped out and actually did not even fill the styro-cup. The fries we did get were stumpy ones, and if it had been our first trip I would have thought like our RCTriple-bummed out friend...
            I care deeply for 5 guys and a new one is opening here in FL-VERY close (whoo hoo!)

            1. re: Boccone Dolce

              I'm replying to myself!
              The new Five Guys opened in Lady Lake and we went- it was mobbed. I asked for the fries well done, then noticed she didn't type it in. I asked again, and she said 'They will be crispy'. When the order came, the fries were soggy- I just brought them back to the counter and asked for an order well done- they apologized and the new fries were PERFECT.
              It's going to take restraint not to go whenever I'm out shopping...

              1. re: Boccone Dolce

                Well my 2nd trip i got 2 of the big burgers and that was just enough to make me full, and im not a big eater so idk.

            2. re: Janet from Richmond

              I made my first trip to Five Guys today, and loved it. The little burger (actually little cheeseburger with satuteed onions) was the perfect size for me, and my 14-month-old devoured his grilled cheese. I was warned about their fry serving sizes, so I caught the guy before he put our fries in and asked him to not put the extra scoop... I knew I would have eaten them all and felt guilty all afternoon!

              1. re: Foodie in Friedberg

                Wow! "The extra scoop"? How big is an order of fries there, out of curiosity, say, in comparison to the biggest fries (the large value menu size) that McDonald's serves?

                Everyone raves about 5 Guys here, but they haven't made it to this part of Oregon yet. I am intrigued by the raves I've heard about it, and I wouldn't mind paying 9 bucks for a great burger and fries as long as it was an AMAZING burger.

                1. re: CuervoLinda

                  They give you a large paper cup full of fries and then throw another almost equal portion into the bag to top it off. It is easily twice the portion of fries that you get at any other fast food chain.

                  Topping off the bag is great, because you know you are going to eat some on the way home, right? Actually a 5 Guys order of fries is easily enough for 2 or 3 people. The cajun fries are tasty at first but becomes a bit overwhelming after a while. The main draw for 5 Guys is the unlimited toppings, for those people who like lots of stuff on their burgers.

                  But if you are in Oregon, anywhere around the Portland area, you have Burgerville. I would go there before 5G any day.

            3. re: jeanmarieok

              I tried Five Guys in Kansas City area last week. I thought it was good. Burger okay. Fries, waay better than In-N-Out. Excellent, actually, compared to my researching how to do fries at home: cook at 300-325, to cook the inside, recook them at 375 to get crisp and soft and steamy inside. How come In-N-Out owners haven't figured out their fries are a really weak link? Two-stage cooking isn't rocket science.

              I kindof think McD's may do first-stage vaccum-champbrer freeze-dry, sublimation under vacuum to reduce intra-cellular water. I'm just guessing, but it works. You can alternatively cut frys and run them through a baker assembly line to eject water and do some cooking, then through them into the hot oil.

              I'm going to Smashburger in a couple weeks to see what they do.

              At home, I either get some frozen ground buffalo, or some chuck or sirloin whole-meat and grind it so I can grill on the deck and have medium-rare without getting sick from bacteria.

              1. re: MarkKS

                In-N-Out fries are fresh-cut and fried within seconds of being cut. If you like them crispier, order them "well done" as I always do. I know a number of others that prefer the more potato flavor of the softer standard fries and even a couple that order them "light" because they like them even less crisp. Interestingly, people in the last category that I've gone with to both In-N-Out and Five Guys prefer the latter's fries.

            4. Some of the worst greasy garbage I've ever had the displeasure of eating.

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              1. Did you not notice the prices on the menu when you were ordering, or the fact that when you gave them a 10, you only got a George Washington back?

                And, really, shame on you for driving 45 minutes for a Five Guys meal. I don't know of any chains that I would drive 45 minutes out of the wa for.

                Also, if the fries were "soggy" how could you tell they were "stale"? How could the fries be stale -- ie. dry or hardened -- and also be soggy at the same time?

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  "And, really, shame on you for driving 45 minutes for a Five Guys meal. I don't know of any chains that I would drive 45 minutes out of the wa for."

                  I would have no problem driving that far for White Castle, and I would drive a solid two hours for some El Pollo Loco from southern California. Those are the two chains I miss most here living in the Pacific Northwest.

                  1. re: CuervoLinda

                    Same here. I've done 45 minute detours to go to either a White Castle or Krystal. I will continue to do so until people stop trying to tell me seared ahi tuna, fois gras, or "Kobe" beef on a brioche is a "slider."