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Jan 19, 2010 02:01 PM

Five Guys question (Dallas)

Yes, I know it's a chain, but looked on that board and while there was a FG thread, it did not answer my question with regard to local comparison.

I saw FG in Southlake Town Square a few weeks ago. Has all outward appearances of being fast food and I gather it is. What is it with regard to the burger? Is it just another thin patty akin to Whataburger (my favorite for ff quickie) or more paper-thin as in Mooyah, Freddie's OR a thicker patty a la Burger Street, which I really like more that What-a-b, but never think to go there and it's further away.

Just wondering if they're worth (price AND time) checking out the next time I'm in Southlake.

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  1. I used to go to Five Guys in Virginia and DC pretty frequently. I think it's not a burger to weight against the best in the city but it's better than pretty much any of the fast food places you named (and i love whataburger and burger street). One cool thing about Five Guys is that sauteed mushrooms, jalapenos, sauteed onions and the standard toppings are all free. They also have good seasoned fries.

    Sorry, back to your question. The patties are probably most akin to Whataburger. Two patties, right amount of cheese and toppings and a pretty solid burger.

    1. Mooyah and Five Guys are very similar burgers - I'd call them In-N-Out clones, both are better than a fast food burger. Patties are the paper thin variety.

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      1. re: air

        Having been to the Galleria location very recently to try the burger, I didnt find it thin like Whataburger. More stubby like you would find a fresh patty at home, but two of them.

        Incedently, while performing some odd research yesterday with regards to fast food chains, I ran across an interesting facts about our beloved Whataburger. They do roughly double the sales of Hard Rock Cafe, five times more than Houston's, and just over ten times Smith and Wollensky's. Pretty facinating. Well, to me at least.

        1. re: DallasDude

          Do you mean to say that Five Guys/Mooyah have thicker patties than Whataburger? From my experience, Whataburger's patties are thicker than either two.

      2. I would definitely check it out but some how my experience must be different than others. I didn't think the patties were very thin. I consider it to be FAR better than whataburger. If there was a five guys next to every whataburger, I would never eat at whataburger again. I was blown away when I recently tried it for the first time. I guess I wasn't expecting much though. My friend eats there a couple times a week.

        1. The 'upscale' fast food burger is basically divided between In-N-Out and Five Guys so you should give it a go for sure if only to decide where your opinion lies.

          Personally, I thought it (like Mooyah's) is a nice concept but really lacking in flavor/seasoning. I'd rather get Burger Street everytime myself. (Actually what I really want is Wingfields but the drive... gah)

          1. Guess I'm just going to have to see for myself. INteresting the different visual interpretations perceived - glad I didn't ask about taste!.

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            1. re: CocoaNut

              I think its worth a taste. By no means my favorite, and plenty of grease. I think the patty size is no doubt due to the enthusiasm of the grill staff over searing or not over searing. My first visit was met with a complaint to management about greasy bun and dry burger. My next visit juicy and lacking the overt greasiness. I think its best when visiting any new place such as this to tip your hat to the manager.

              1. re: DallasDude

                Having had mucho experience with both, I've never known over/under cooking to affect the general thickness of a patty -

                1. re: CocoaNut

                  Totally understand that. I maintain a 'thinner' patty can be obtained by heavy searing though. Pretty sure you have had one of the steak burgers being sold (Freddy's, Steak and Shake, etc). Wafer thin patty that can be seen though but hangs off the bun for an illusion of a larger patty.

                  1. re: CocoaNut

                    Meat shrinks as it cooks. A burger cooked to medium would be larger than a burger cooked well-done, at well done most of the fat has been cooked out of it, thus, a smaller, drier burger...

                    1. re: DallasChowChick

                      An overcooked burger will shrink in diameter, NOT in thickness. My OP adressed thickness -