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kcchan Jun 7, 2010 09:26 PM

We were at Pacific Commons in Fremont today and noticed that a new Five Guys Burgers and Fries is opening soon. No date was posted either at the store or online, but they seemed to be training new staff as we passed by.

For those unfamiliar with the chain, their burgers are larger and more expensive than In N Out burgers, but they do offer a variety of free toppings. (However, comparing In N Out to Five Guys is a bit of an unfair comparison - they seem to be filling different niches in the burger market.) They're good burgers and their fries, I think, are certainly better than In N Out fries. I've only been to Five Guys once, and that was in Indiana. I'm sure others who have frequented the chain more often can give a more adequate description of the restaurant.

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries
43810 Christy St, Fremont, CA 94538

  1. bbulkow Sep 16, 2012 09:13 AM

    Five Guys is now open in RWC, right in the same block as the movie theater.

    Highly welcome for me, fits well with a movie - better than a Chipotle or a Pizza slice, and most of the other restaurants there aren't quick.

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      mikeh Jun 15, 2010 12:32 PM

      Tough crowd. I like to view In-N-Out and Five Guys as different products instead of substitutes for one another. Five Guys offers you more of the "backyard grill" flavor, whereas In-N-Out relies on the freshness of the ingredients to set the palate. They fill different cravings, in my opinion. A burger is not a burger is not a burger. I might like the way ethiopian cuisine prepares collards better than any other genre, but that doesn't preclude me from craving greens from Memphis Minnie's when that's the mood I want.

      Now, I'm not sure I'd ever choose Five Guys over Val's in Hayward, because they are of such similar styles that there's never a craving for one that wouldn't be better satisfied by the other.

      1. k
        kcchan Jun 14, 2010 11:41 AM

        So we went to Five Guys yesterday for dinner, and I just wasn't impressed. I ordered the cheeseburger with mayo, mushrooms, grilled onions, tomato, and lettuce. I wasn't a fan of the burger patty itself. The patties were very loose (I prefer my burgers to be a little more compacted) and incredibly greasy. Now I know that burgers are not a low-fat food and I do expect (indeed, enjoy!) a certain amount of grease in a nice juicy burger, but the amount of grease was just too much. It made everything soggy. And further, there was an odd taste to the meat. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it was almost like the meat was a little bit off. But perhaps it was just my batch of burgers.

        As for the toppings, there was way too much mayo - I should have specified easy on the mayo. There were gobs of mayo pouring out of the burger. The "grilled onions" were not so much grilled... certainly they had been near a heat source of some sort. There was no caramelization. Mushrooms were mediocre - not that much taste, but oh well. Lettuce and tomatoes were fresh.

        As for the fries, oh man do they give you a lot of fries. We got a "regular" order (and regular fries, not cajun-style), and they filled the cup with fries, and then proceeded to add more fries to the bag. It was a lot. They use unpeeled potatoes for their fries. But I like my fries crispy, and these were not crispy.

        As for the restaurant itself, it's very very loud. The building has high ceilings and has industrial decor, so there's no dampening of sound whatsoever. And they blast classic rock from the speakers. Now I love classic rock, but it was just too loud, even for a fast-food restaurant.

        Now I noted previously that to compare In N Out to Five Guys is an unfair comparison (though saying that it's like comparing Panda Express to PF Chang's is also misleading...). Nonetheless I'll state that for my burger cravings, I'll be going to In N Out. I appreciate their simplicity, the way they grill their buns so that the buns aren't soggy, and their carmelized onions. And I do prefer In N Out's fries (extra crispy) to Five Guys's fries.

        I suspect that it might be a comparison between Five Guys and a place like Fuddruckers might a better comparison - they two offer the basic burger and then a wide range of free toppings. It's been too long since I've been to Fuddruckers, but given my less than optimal experience at Five Guys with their off burger patty and their substandardly grilled toppings, I think I might even prefer Fuddruckers (at least the Fuddruckers of many years ago when they first established a presence in the area). But still, I prefer In N Out to either Five Guys or Fuddruckers.

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        1. re: kcchan
          hill food Jun 14, 2010 04:55 PM

          there's been a lot of debate on the mid-atlantic boards how to make best of 5 guys fries, some say snarf them immediately and some say heat (dry) them in the oven at home. and which response is best for which branch you went to.

          but yeah given a choice I'd go to In N Out. (sadly not a choice)

          1. re: kcchan
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            westcoaststyle Jun 15, 2010 11:56 AM

            Thanks for your review. I personally am not a fan of Fuddrucker's so it would be interesting to see how Five Guys compares. I do, however, like In-N-Out.

          2. hhc Jun 10, 2010 07:51 PM

            Went to the Grand Opening (no freebies, no specials, just open) Thurs 6/10/10 after work, got there about 4:45pm. It's In Pacific Common shopping center -left side of Old Navy, next to Bassett home furnishing & Premier Pizza.

            No line when I went. FREE peanuts in the shells. Order food w/ the Cashier. I wanted a hamburger and found out a Hamburger has 2 patties, so went w/ Little Hamburger which is just 1 patty for $3.69.

            FREE Toppings! Pick whatever you want. Or you can do "Everything" or "All The Way" which is all the toppings in Black: Mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mustard.
            Toppings in red: Relish, onion, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, A1 Sauce, bbq sauce, hot sauce you have to request.

            Had to wait about 10 min to get my food. One person grills it, then turns around to give it to another person that add the toppings. Takes forever. My Little hamburger was well-done & kinda dry, just ok. I got it w/ mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomato, grilled mushrooms, ketchup & mustard & asked for A1 sauce, bbq sauce, & hot sauce on the side. They put them in little cups w/ lid. My total: $3.69 + .36 tax = $4.05. They take Credit Cards.

            Menu:
            Little Hamburger (1 patty) $3.69
            Little cheeseburger $4.29
            Little bacon burger $4.39
            Little bacon cheeseburger $4.99

            Hamburger (2 patties) $4.99
            cheeseburger $5.69
            Bacon burger $5.79
            Bacon cheeseburger $6.29

            Dogs:
            Kosher style hotdog $3.59
            cheese dog $3.89
            bacon dog $4.29
            bacon cheese dog $4.69

            Sandwiches
            Veggie sandwich $2.99
            Cheese veggie sandwich $3.69
            Grilled cheese $2.99

            FREE Refill on Soda from Soda Fountain
            Regular $1.89; Lg $1.99
            Bottled water $1.99

            Fries:
            Five Guys style & Cajun Style
            Regular $2.59; Lg $4.59
            Cooked in 100% peanut oil

            Sign says: 100% Fresh Beef: no fillers, no preservatives, Menu is Trans Fat Free.

            Big & roomy dining room, some tables close to the door. Separate bathrooms available. Woman - single toilet w/ sink. No seat covers!

            43518 Christy Street
            Fremont, CA 94538
            Tel: 510-353-1331
            Fax: 510-353-1333
            Daily: 11am - 10pm

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            43514 Christy St, Fremont, CA 94538

             
             
             
             
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            1. re: hhc
              hill food Jun 10, 2010 07:59 PM

              "Takes forever"

              hence the free peanuts (and those burgers are huge aren't they?)

              1. re: hhc
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                mikeh Jun 11, 2010 07:52 AM

                Seriously, they have veggie sandwiches on the menu out here? that wasn't the case at my Five Guys locations out East. oh, you Californians...

                1. re: mikeh
                  wolfe Jun 11, 2010 08:02 AM

                  Don't know mike but the fax menu for the chain includes veggie options. Either they are new or your memory has been destroyed by years of 5 guy burgers and fries.
                  http://net.fiveguys.com/files/files/f...

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                    butterfingers Jun 11, 2010 08:30 AM

                    OMG! The West coast ones have veggie sandwiches? And grilled cheese? In the DC area (where they originated and where I live) and in Queens, NY (where my honey lives), you've got a choice of burgers, cheeseburgers, and fries. Of course, they're AWESOME!

                    1. re: wolfe
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                      mikeh Jun 11, 2010 09:39 AM

                      Maybe the generic fax menu has everything possible on it but they allow individual locales to exercise editorial control, but visiting a number of Five Guys in MD, VA, NC, and FL as recently as January, I can tell you proof positive that none of them had veggie (or non-burger) sandwiches on the menu. Burgers, hot dogs, fries.

                      1. re: mikeh
                        wolfe Jun 11, 2010 09:57 AM

                        Well you missed my branch in Clifton Heights Pa. Maybe veggies are anathema below the Mason Dixon Line.
                        http://philadelphia.menupages.com/res...

                    2. re: mikeh
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                      xanadude Jun 12, 2010 02:48 AM

                      i would assume a "veggie sandwich" is a zero-patty hamburger.

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                        captainzen Jun 13, 2010 03:32 PM

                        Made a slight detour to Five Guys yesterday en route from RWC to Oakland. Turns out, a "veggie sandwich" is a bun with any of the 15 free toppings you'd like. A "cheese veggie sandwich" is the same, plus cheese.

                        I opted for the latter, with lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, grilled mushroms, green peppers, mayo, and hot sauce. It was quite tasty. The mayo and hot sauce worked very well together. I think next time I'll leave off the lettuce, and possibly the pickles.

                        Perhaps more importantly, my wife and kids LOVED their burgers. Mrs. Zen is very particular about the bacon on her burgers. It has to be very very crispy, without any hint of sogginess or greasiness, and this fit the bill perfectly. Everyone spoke highly of the quality of the meat.

                        The fries were good, but I think I'd gone in with such high expectations that I was bound to be disappointed. They were maybe a bit more limp than I'd hoped. IMO, Nation's does this type of fry a little bit better.

                        We'll definitely be going back.

                    3. re: hhc
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                      kcchan Jun 11, 2010 08:58 AM

                      Wow, I'm a bit surprised that they weren't more busy. (But maybe my perception of how grand openings are in this area is colored by my my experience of Sonic's Grand Opening.) Maybe the rush to try Five Guys will come over the weekend.

                      1. re: hhc
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                        shanghaikid Jun 11, 2010 10:36 PM

                        got the regular burger "all the way". only the lettuce, tomato were evident. the rest of the condiments was chitzy. burger itself was dry and tasteless.

                        five guy burgers doesn't cut the mustard.

                        was around 1ish. short wait to order.. after i got my burger, no wait at all.

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                        BurgerFella Jun 8, 2010 01:21 PM

                        Five Guys is great. I visited some family back in Virginia last year and ate there a few times. More expensive that In n Out but a way more satisfying meal. The fries are awesome and the decor and all the awards on their walls makes it for a great experience. I remember when I first walked in and I saw free peanuts on the shell and I said "what do peanuts have to do with burgers and fries?" Well, i guess they cook their fries in peanut oil which gives them a unique taste. It was cool to munch on free peanuts while I waited for my order too...They also store their sacks of potatoes in the dining area for all to see. There's a sign by the counter that tells you where the potatoes come from. Pretty old fashioned, unique and cool if you ask me.
                        In n Out is good but you can't compare with Five Guys. It's like comparing Panda Express with PF Changs. They are both good but...ya know what I mean...
                        I am looking forward to peanuts, great fries and customized burgers! See you all there.
                        BTW...I asked and they open this Thursday June 10th...

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                        1. re: BurgerFella
                          Mission Jun 13, 2010 09:35 AM

                          ''comparing Panda Express with PF Changs. They are both good but......''

                          Wow and yikes.

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                            kimchee411 Jun 14, 2010 12:08 PM

                            I'm not going to lie, I enjoy PF Chang's. It's not authentic or complex or "good for foodies" but it still tastes good and is satisfying. It is grossly overpriced, however, as is Panda Express, considering that you can get good authentic Chinese food dirt cheap.

                            Can't wait to try Five Guys! I'm not expecting the best burger ever, but it looks pretty solid for a fast food joint. In n Out is good, but way overrated. I just read a blog that had it best Shake Shack in NYC by a "score" of 7-0, which is completely inane.

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                              virtualguthrie Jun 15, 2010 01:10 PM

                              Thou shalt not judge...

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                            westcoaststyle Jun 8, 2010 10:57 AM

                            They are also opening one up in downtown Pleasant Hill across where the Century Theater is located (formerly used to be Fatburger). I passed by yesterday, but there were some construction workers in there working on stuff. I didn't see any dates or anything.

                            1. hill food Jun 8, 2010 12:04 AM

                              FWIW: 5 guys doesn't have a hard and fast formula, so each franchise can vary widely from the next. they're not bad (although I think usu. even the smallest option is too freakin' huge) but one on your side of town might very well be better or worse than one on the other.

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                              1. re: hill food
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                                Pius Avocado III Jun 8, 2010 04:12 PM

                                That figures, since they've gone from 6 family-owned stores in Virginia in 2002 to over 500 in 35 states and 5 Canadian provinces as of April of this year...

                              2. hhc Jun 7, 2010 09:58 PM

                                Yelper mentioned partial opening this Thursday, June 10th. I might go next week to check it out. It's in the strip mall next to PF Chang's.

                                Five Guys Burgers and Fries
                                43810 Christy Street, Fremont, CA 94538-3294
                                (510) 353-1331
                                11am - 10pm Everyday

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                                  Jack Jun 7, 2010 09:33 PM

                                  I went to a Five Guys in two different college towns fairly recently. They appeal to that demographic. They are different from In-N-Out in that they offer more choices of garnishes and their burgers are larger. They are good quality. I would say that comparing them to In-N-Out is the old apples and oranges comparison; each is good in its own category. Both are recommended and are head and shoulders above the big chains, Mickey D, Burger King, and J-in-the-B.

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