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Sonic or Five Guys?

I am thinking of taking a drive, both are about 20 miles from me. Which should I try?

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  1. That depends if you are going for burgers, fries, tots or for beverages...

    1. It really depends what you're in the mood for. They're not really comparable. FiveGuys has a limited menu of burgers and fries (and hot dogs) where you can choose the toppings tand they make it fresh in front of you. Sonic's sandwiches are eh, but they have great drinks and desserts. And tater tots. They are a drive-in, with carhops.

      1. Five Guys. The burgers are so much better and the fries are excellent. Just be sure to dump the fries out of the stryfoam cup and into the bag (don't close it, though or they will get soggy).

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        1. re: diablo

          I didn't see this post when I posted. Thank you!

        2. I'm in the mood for a good burger AND a good drink. I just looked at both menus online and I see the differences. So five guys has the better burger? Which drink should I get from Sonic? I think I may just go to sonic, seems crazy to go five guys for such a limited menu. Maybe I will wait until I am in the area and go to five guys. I really didn't expect them both to be good, considering they are fast food places. I guess I should say I don't expect them to be REAL good.

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          1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

            For me the food is more important than the drink - so 5 guys wins hands down.

            If you find youself at sonic order one of the limeaid flavors they are really good.

            1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

              When you order the burger at Sonic, ask for it to be on Texas Toast (no extra charge). Seems to taste better that way...

              As far as a Sonic beverage goes...it depends on your mood. Apparently best seller is Cherry Limeade, but as you can see, there is such a variety...depends on your mood.

              1. re: Cathy

                ok, will do. Thank you for the information.

              2. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                Five Guys isn't fast food in the traditional sense. They're not the centimeter-thick burgers you get at the McD's/BK's/Wendy's of the world and it's not pre-prep, drop'em on the stove, wrap em like the above, either. I'd call them the burger equivalent of, say, Panera Bread. Reviews are mixed, but if you like a good burger you probably won't be too disappointed in Five Guys. Specialization seems to be one way to go of late for these type of places.

              3. I have decided to go to five guys. I am going to head out now. I am in the mood for a good burger and it is "only" 14 miles and sonic is 22 miles. I may try sonic on the weekend or early next week, those drinks do sound good. It feels weird to drive 22 miles for cherry-lime aide though. lol. But I have been couped up and need to get out!

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                1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                  Sonic does have their own "happy hour" with half-priced drinks from 2-4.

                2. in nj sonic and five guys are right next to one another.

                  anyway id say give sonic a try. five guys makes great burgers but they taste exactly like wendys maybe slightly better and they are much more money.

                  with that being said i love wendys.

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                  1. re: RCTRIPLEFRESH5

                    Don't say that! I hate Wendy's! now I don't know what to do.

                    1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                      I don't like Wendy's and would never compare 5 Guys to Wendy's, I suggested 5 guys earlier and still do.

                      Like some else said Five guys specializes in burgers and they are good.
                      Sonic is just plan fast food, there is nothing really good there except their drinks IMO.

                      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                        Five Guys tastes nothing like Wendy's. If you look at RC's previous posts you'll find he just doesn't like Five Guys.

                        Like the Chef said, Sonic is pretty much straight up fast food with good drinks. Would you drive 22 miles to go to McDonalds with good drinks?

                        1. re: pollymerase

                          I'm confused about so-called great drinks at Sonic. After a totally disgusting limeade, I haven't been back in some 5+ years. From what I recall, the fries were a poor quality, frozen potato product. - no comparison to a fresh cut, unless you are comparing them perhaps eating the bag at Five Guys. I don't recall anything great or poor about Sonic's burgers, but the fries & limeade have been enough to keep me away.

                          I guess I was expecting a fresh lime base, not their sickening lime syrup with a stong after taste.

                          1. re: pollymerase

                            i said in my last post five guys makes good burgers so my post was positive towards 5 guys, i just dont think theyre worth the cash. and to me they taste exactly like wendys burgers, and i eat at wendys a lot. but like i said i like wendys.

                            to the op...id just go to fuddruckers i really like that place.

                      2. I'm sorry, I forgot to come back and post.

                        I ended up going to five guys anyway and loved it! I was surprised at that big fat pattie that was cooked like I like it; well done! I usually like my meat medium, but for burgers I eat them well done, unless it's at a super fancy place, because I don't trust the meat.

                        I remember Fibber McGee saying the patty wasn't the small kind, but I wasn't expecting a almost "homemade" size meat patty. I got it with mayo, mustard, relish, pickles, grilled onions, Lettuce, tomato & ketchup. I started to try it with jalapeƱo, but changed my mind. I got fries too and they gave a good amount. I liked the fries better than in n & out. I wish there was one closer to me now. At least I am close to a fatburger. Thanks again for the passionate advice.

                        I didn't realize sonic was "just" ordinary fast food, since so many friends rave about the food. I will try it one of these days, when I get out to Anaheim. Thanks again.

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                        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                          THANK YOU for taking the time to tell us about the outcome.

                          1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                            If you do go to the Sonic in Anaheim, please don't let it cloud your opinion of all Sonics. I have been to Sonic in a lot of places, and the one in Anaheim is by far the worst. The drinks there are fine, but the food there is terrible, and I have never been when there wasn't a ridiculously long wait. If you want a better Sonic experience, the one on the 15 between Palmdale and Lancaster is much better.

                            1. re: Velvet Elvis

                              I'm sorry, I should have said Victorville. The Sonic is near the mall off the 15 near Victorville. But I see on the Sonic website that they are putting one in Duarte soon. It figures they would do that after I move across the country.

                            2. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                              five guys claims to cook there burgers well done, but everytime ive eaten there it wasnt really well done. only 2 out of the 6 burgers ive eaten there were burnt..otherwise they were cooked mediums.

                              like wedys.

                            3. You've already gone, but while I'm not a big Five Guys fan, Sonic is probably the worst fast-food place in America in my book. I've never had anything there that I'd order again. I'd rather have McDonald's or -- gack -- Taco Bell than Sonic.

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                              1. re: dmd_kc

                                Clams047 said
                                "I guess I was expecting a fresh lime base, not their sickening lime syrup with a stong after taste."

                                I agree, the limeades are nasty-- they use lemon-lime syrup, or some 7up type thing.. It's the fresh lime *slushes* that are really good. Although ISTR someone saying that the limeades are different at some outlets.

                                The burgers are truly revolting -- the worst of fast food burgers, bar none, IMO. I've never had a Five Guys burger, but it has to be much better than a Sonic burger.