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Feb 19, 2010 01:09 PM

Five Guys Burgers and Fries to open in Pleasant Hill! (Any other in Bay Area?)

Just passed by the old Fatburger location in downtown Pleasant Hill, and noticed a sign declaring that Five Guys Burgers and Fries will be opening up soon! I think this is the first opening for them I've heard in the Bay Area (they opened their first CA location in So Cal a couple years ago, and have been expanding). Is anyone aware of any more of the chain's openings in the Bay? I wonder how the PH location will do since In-N-Out will be coming in town as well....

For those unfamiliar, Five Guys is a very popular East Coast hamburger chain that resembles In-N-Out on many aspects, but with a little more variety.

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  1. I hit the one in Clifton Height's PA. Decent fast food burger with good fries. Don't get a large for one. They filled the cup and then put the overflow in the bag.

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    1. re: wolfe

      I agree - I like their fries much better than INO (but that's not saying much). For one, they aren't a soggy mess (and when you order INO's well done, you often just get greasy crispy fries) and they are cooked in peanut oil vs vegetable, which I prefer.

    2. I love Five Guys and i love in n' out, but i wouldn't really compare them

      1. Please post again when it's open or if you see a date on the window -- no mention on their website.

        1. The first will be in Sunnyvale around June 2010. If this link is reliable 22 will open in Santa Clara over the next few years and "Five Guys owners could open as many as 20 new restaurants in San Mateo and Alameda counties, and another 15 across Santa Cruz and Monterey counties"

          Quite frankly, I find their FAQ page a bit off-putting. If a company this big can't be bothered to announce on their website what is coming, I really don't care.

          Q: How can I find out when a store near me will be open?

          A: Five Guys is constantly opening new locations across the nation and we do our best to list stores that are opening within the next few months on our website. Unfortunately, we can rarely predict the exact date that a store will open until just a few days prior, so we are not able to provide actual opening dates.

          Well no. Their website has target cities maybe ... Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Napa, Richmond, Freemont, Vallejo, San Jose ... or for all i know they are randomly listing cities.

          I hate big companies with websites that don't work or give out info ... except how to buy a franchise ... that part they made sure works

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          1. re: rworange

            Looking at the web site, I'm not sure I'd compare 5 guys in In and Out (as mentioned above).

            In n Out specifies beef with no additives, fillers, antibiotics, and how they make their patties.

            5 Guys says they purchase "raw materials" from "major suppliers", which means you could get ammonia treated beef
            Their site does say "fresh never frozen" and "no freezers".

            Never had a 5 Guys burger, don't know anything other than the web site.

            1. re: bbulkow

              Sorry, I guess I should have clarified what I meant by "resembles In N Out." The two burgers look and taste completely different (and growing up in CA, my tastebuds and affections strongly side with In-N-Out between the two). The two chains have a similar approach of marketing a high quality fast food burger, have a similar store design, focus on a limited menu....and by the high number of news articles, food blogs, and forum topics that compare the two against each other it is safe to say that Five Guys is as popular to East Coasters as In-N-Out is to West Coasters.

              However I also agree that the two chains are different in many ways, so one does not replace the other. I'm happy to have 5Gs come and provide another fast food burger choice in the Bay.

              1. re: bbulkow

                I'm not sure I agree...If In-n-Out has higher standards, they're not publishing them.

                In-n-out is using "100% pure beef", which is the same as McDonalds or any other hamburger joint--no one uses fillers or additives. Their webite doesn't say 'no antibiotics', so I assume it's just commodity beef. The only key differences I can see is that I-n-O grinds it themselves vs getting it ground from a supplier.

                1. re: xanadude

                  in and out's comes from harris ranch.

              2. re: rworange

                Their twitter page says the Pleasant Hill location should open during mid-summer.


              3. Apparently they're going to be opening all across the Bay Area (especially in Silicon Valley) starting this year: