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Jan 8, 2010 05:47 PM

Five Guys coming to Natick!

I didn't see this posted around here yet, but I was at the "9/27" shopping area in Natick (Stop and Shop, Panera...on Rt 9) and saw that there is a Five Guys going in next to Panera. The signage is up both on Rt 9 and on the actual space. I figured this would be exciting news to Five Guys fans. I don't eat burgers, but Mr. CookingGirl (otherwise known as EatingGuy) is pretty pleased.

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  1. I just saw this on the Five Guys site (looks like another new one is also coming to Seekonk).

    I wonder when they will finally open one in the northwest/northern suburbs between Natick and Swampscott?

    Thanks for the info!

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      After so much talk about these burgers I visited the Marlboro location with great anticipation a few months ago. I must say it was one of the worst burgers I've ever had. All the raves about these overcooked thin patties is beyond me. And the concept?? A regular burger is one ot these patties... want a large burger... they just add another patty to the bun. Really weak. At least the fries (and they give you a mountain of them) are not too bad. So, what is there to like about this?

      1. re: WineAG

        Never had Five Guys, but I wonder if the aggressive growth and franchise deals are hurting quality control.

        1. re: Eastwind

          Washingtonians who have eaten at Five Guys in its early years and over the course of its expansion do sometimes say that it has declined, but I have never had a bad experience. In fact, I look forward to when I have use of a car and can visit one of their suburban locations, especially to get those fries. WineAG, could you give a bit more detail about what you didn't like? I don't think the burger patties are the tastiest part of the burger--I like their combination with the chewy buns and all the toppings you can get. I think the combination is as good as any real fast food burger I have had (though I haven't gotten to try In n' Out yet).

          1. re: hckybg

            Tried the one Nashua about 2 months ago but it didn't impress me enough to go back. Burgers are cooked "well done", so while it was jucy on the fist bite, by the time I got to the end of the burger (after putting in down for 5 minutes to take a call), the burger seemed to have "dried out". Fries were different than the "usual" fry - they tasted to my like the Ore-Ida potato stix from the can. They had very little oil aftertaste/greasiness that the usual fry has, & I liked the crispness but the texture took a bit to get used to.

            1. re: southie_chick

              Yes but how does it compare to Burger King, Wendys, Mcdonalds?? This is the market they are going after. Not the steakhouses.

              I personally think they are lightyears better then any other fast food burger chain i have had in the area.

              1. re: hargau

                OK, let me put on my body armor over this (since the bricks will probably fly at me over this response). I think the 99 (which is about 5 minutes away from 5 Guys in Nashua) had a LOT better burger when I tried it. You can order it rare, it has a thicker patty, & it actually had a flame grilled tase. However, the french fries were WAY oversalted. Had take-out on both burgers so it was a pretty even taste test. Unfortunately, I grew up on Tim's Tavern burgers, so I'm still looking for that perfection ........... maybe someday.

                1. re: hargau

                  As for BK,Wendy's, & McD's VS 5 Guys, I'd probably pick Wendys since the burger seemed to dry out from 5 Guys after sitting for a couple of minutes, which I have never had a problem with at Wendy's. I don't do a lot of "fast food" burgers so it's based on my 4 burger a year fast food trips. Like the topping options 5 Guys gives you - & the peanuts you can munch on while waiting.

                  1. re: hargau

                    Bingo. Much better than Mickey D's or BK. Noticeably better than Wendy's, although not by as much. And I wouldn't call their burgers "thin" by fast-food standards. I guess they're thin compared to O'Sullivan's or some place like that but that's not who they're competing with.

                2. re: hckybg

                  I used to go to Five Guys in the 1990's in DC and have gone there in upstate NY and in MA recently. The fries were better in DC earlier; now they seem paler and less flavorful. The burgers are the same as they were then, IMHO. For me the attraction was the fries and being able to get fried onions on the burger. I don't think they're great but I like them better than the national burger chains (Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's). I don't make a special trip but if i'm in the area I might try them.

              2. re: WineAG

                Five Guys is a perfectly fine flat-patty-style burger, for those of us who prefer that to the squashed-softball burger. If you don't like that style, you're not gonna like Five Guys.

                However, both Uburger and Flat Patties do these burgers better and are much more convenient for me, so there's little need for me to go out to the burbs for these.

                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                  I like all three, though I probably put Five Guys and Uburger at the top for these kinds of burgers (too tough to choose between the two) and Flat Patties a bit behind both. On a side note, I prefer the shredded pork sandwich at Flat Patties over their burgers.

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    It's almost criminal that they don't have one in Boston proper.

                    I think they go for cheaper rent.

                  2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    Ditto. Flat Patties and UBurger are better. Not so thrilled with the peanut oil fries at Five Guys either. It's not a bad burger restaurant but it's not a great one either.

                2. re: hiddenboston

                  There is a Five Guys in Swampscott on Paradise Road, next to Uno. I'm really picky about my burgers--they have to worth the calories to indulge. I really like the burgers here. The joint is always busy at lunch.

                3. Any news on when this is opening?

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                  1. re: BJK

                    I drove by a few nights ago and while the permanent Five Guys sign was up, it looked like they were still a ways away. Then again, being such a large national operation, it's possible they could ramp things up enough to open as soon as a few weeks. If I had to guess, I'd say a mid-March openinig seems reasonably possible.

                    1. re: Gordough

                      Just stopped by the music store that just opened - Five Guys has got to be a month away at least.

                      1. re: nsenada

                        I found the Five Guys Natick Facebook page the other day. Says they're hoping to open sometime in March.



                        1. re: BJK

                          Drove to Dedham today from Boston to try this place after all the hype I've been hearing about it. I'm glad I tried it, but its most likely my last time. The bun is too doughy, meat is very crumbly and flavorless. Fries were ok. There are other places more deserving of my $.

                          1. re: mgcmonkey

                            YMMV. I think it's the best fast-food-style burger available in the Boston area. Much better than uburger (though I admit I have not tried Flat Patties).

                            And for anyone still arguing that the patties are too think or well done, I offer the AHT Guide to Hamburger and Cheeseburger Styles. It's a fast-food-style burger. A pub burger is an entirely different beast.


                  2. I am told this location is opening this Monday.

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                    1. re: Gordough

                      On Monday, Five Guys posted on Twitter that the Natick one would be opening in the next one to four weeks.

                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        They just yesterday posted on their Facebook fan page that they are opening on Monday.

                        1. re: BJK

                          Do they have any veggie options at 5 guys or are all of their burgers made of meat?

                          1. re: lkmuller

                            The only burgers are beef, but you can get a grilled cheese or a "veggie" sandwich, which is a griddled bun with any toppings you'd like. All toppings are free, with or with a burger.

                            Full menu here:

                          2. re: BJK

                            Huh. I guess they must have gotten a lot of stuff done this past Monday! :-)

                            1. re: hiddenboston

                              Sounds like it was mostly about paperwork:

                              "Five Guys Natick has its paperwork from the town -- and we are OPENING on Monday, March 29th at 11am."