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Apr 10, 2010 10:47 PM

What's So Great About 5 Guys?

Coming soon to a shopping plaza near me. Similar to Red Robin or Chee Burger Chee Burger?

What's good there? Anything to avoid?


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  1. Good hamburgers and you have your choice of quite a few free toppings, including sauteed mushrooms.

    The best french fries I've ever found in a fast food chain.

    Free peanuts in boxes and barrels around the place.

    Not much else but that's plenty.

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    1. re: Hackenbush

      Thanks for the replies.

      Free peanuts in boxes and barrels around the place.

      I guess this is another place I visit solo, as DW is allergic to peanuts.

      1. re: al b. darned

        FYI regarding peanuts, they also use peanut oil for their fries.

        1. re: mpjmph

          This is not usually a problem. They most likely use heat processed peanut oil, and that kills the protein that causes the allergic reaction. It's the cold-pressed oil that Is a no-no if you have an allergy.

      2. re: Hackenbush

        That their fries are so good is funny because they used to be terrible, and they even bragged about their incorrect frying process (cut fresh and thrown straight into the fryer).

        1. re: drsnacks

          Drsnacks: btw what IS the correct way? I assume you mean putting them in cold water first then frying... or freezing first...

          can you clarify the correct way? I plan on trying it this weekend!

          1. re: Stebango

            Most likely the "correct" way would be rinsing in cold water, frying at 320 until limp, taking out of the fryer to and leaving at room temp, then a second fry at 375 to crisp.

            1. re: sbp

              That's all subject to personal taste, of course. Some of the best fries I've ever eaten have been done 'wrong.'

      3. Search the board, there are a few threads on the merits and shortcomings. I like the burgers there and the fries are good too. You just need to get the fries out the bag and styrofoam ASAP otherwise they get soggy.

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        1. re: roro1831

          That trick doesn't do much for fries that have been cooked & are sitting in their cup next to the fryer for 5 minutes while they cook & assemble your burger, which seems to be the rule of thumb for the 5 Guys near us.

        2. Al

          To save you some searching on these boards there are some things to know. First of all, of all the chains that I've seen reviewed, this one seem to have the widest void of opinions. It seems that some 5Guys are great. Some are not.

          Secondly, it's basically a diner style burger. It's done on the flat top and they're a bit greasy. In a very good way IMHO. It's right in my wheel house. Love the diner burger, love the flat top. I don't ask for pink in mine but a few have come just slightly pink. A single is actually two patties. It'll come in around 6oz. I suspect.
          It's now a regular stop for us when we're down yonder. We love it.

          Also, as has been said, awesome fries but you need to evacuate from the bag pronto. If dining with someone, get 1 small fries and split. There's enough for about 3 people.

          You may want to check to see what type of peanut contamination procedures they have if any. Of course, just avoiding the problem all together may be the best way to go.

          Hope it's a good experience for you.


          1. I have to say-not so sure what's so great. Burgers are fine. Toppings aren't anything overly special-but aren't bad. Fries are fine-nothing spectacular-but I think McDonald's fries are better-personally. It's a place I have to frequent on my own since they fry everything in peanut oil, and my hubby is allergic. If they had more options of side orders, etc, I might frequent it more often. It's not bad, just nothing special.

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            1. re: sderouin

              Five Guys also does a pretty tasty hotdog which you can get loaded with bacon.

              1. re: monkeyrotica

                Oh, yes yes yes, the hot dog is awesome.

            2. Burgers and fries are OK -- they are made fresh, which is a plus. Prices aren't bad. Main thing that distinguishes 5 Guys is the attitude of the staff which is upbeat, almost rowdy.

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              1. re: MikeB3542

                i like the burgers at five guys, but as you all know probably from my thread ive posted, i am not impressed.
                they have good burgers that TO ME taste identical to wendys. the wendys by me cooks the burgers right in front of you, so i guess i am lucky. wendys is one of my favorite places to dine whether chains or other wise so thats's high praise.

                5 guys prices are way to high for what you get. the burgers are smaller than wendys double burgers. the wendys by me takes any coupon i give them and lets me use BOGO for any sandwich. so i usually get 2 double cheeseburgers for 5 dollars.

                the fries are a small portion for the large, and soggy.

                1. re: RCTRIPLEFRESH5

                  "the fries are a small portion for the large, and soggy."

                  I don't quite follow. Do you mean the large fries at Five Guys are small? Because the SMALL fries at Five Guys is huge and the large is enough for several people.

                  The sogginess issue is remedied by just getting them out of the bag ASAP. I also use this technique at the local Chinese carryout that serves wings and fries; leave them in the styrofoam and they steam up, get them out and they stay crisp.

                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                    a large at my five guys was a skinny styrofoam cup, not the whole overflowing bag i hear most get.

                    the only time i got fries my dad brought me home the food and it was after a long ride, so i guess i can give those another shot. but the burgers are mediocre to me. also the peanuts are very salty and taste like old popcorn.

                    1. re: RCTRIPLEFRESH5

                      You should. The fries where we go are fantastic.


                      1. re: Davwud

                        I am English so am used to soggy fries. I love 5 guys fries with a ton of malt vinegar on them which they supply. The burgers are good, a bit greasy but still good. They are cooked to order unlike Mickey D's or the others but the one I go to in Boca Raton Fl tends to mix up multiple orders for our office and we frequently get incorrect burger toppings.

                      2. re: RCTRIPLEFRESH5

                        Your dad probably ate most of them on his way home. Five Guys is so much better than Wendy's, I'm almost convinced you were just joking with the comparison.

                        1. re: ratbuddy

                          i wasnt joking ive gone to 2 different locations before and driven their multiple times, i wanted to like it..i wanted to fit in with you guys and think it was the best place on earth..but its not . its like wendys mediocre.

                          1. re: RCTRIPLEFRESH5

                            Don't worry about fitting in. Everyone has different taste, and just because you didn't like something other people like doesn't mean anyone's wrong. A lot of people like Five Guys, and plenty of people don't.

                        2. re: RCTRIPLEFRESH5

                          my 2 cents: 5 guys and fries were good. not great. My socks didn't shoot off and lightning did not flash before my eyes. There was no earthquake (unlike ottowa, peru and everywhere else int he world these days).

                          I bought 2 burgers, 1 veggie, 1 regular single patty, 2 drinks large fry. I think it as like 20 or 21$. Whatever the price, I felt ripped off. Fries were very good, but come on.. its just a damn hamburger. dangit.. Wish I had a white castle around here...