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Jun 20, 2010 02:55 AM

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Opening in Thousand Oaks

I just saw a sign in a storefront on Moorpark Rd. in Thousand Oaks for a new Five Guys Burgers and Fries that would be opening soon.

Is this something to be excited about?

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  1. Excited may be a relative term, but yes, as burger chains go, Five Guys is one to look forward to. They originated in Virginia and now have over 500 locations, but their crawl west has been a long time coming. The chain has a cult following among its fans that's very akin to In 'n Out, though the product is fairly different. Full-size single burgers cooked to order with a large choice of customized toppings. And thicker cut fries.

    There are currently 2 in the L.A. area, one in Cerritos and one in Carson. Good stuff.

    1. Five Guys is extremely popular back east. I have only tried the one in Carson and really don't know what the excitement is all about. Their fries are better than InNOut (but who doesn't have better fries?), but their price points are also higher, and InNOut DD still comes out better IMHO. FG does serve peanuts while you wait, but the bun is too scrawny for the burger. For the price point, I like Fatburger better. A lot of people do like them, though.

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      1. re: Ogawak

        I don't get the hype either. I did not care for it at all and found the fries to an even bigger disappointment than the burger. The bun of the burger was very mushy. The only stand out was the quality of the meat. Everything else was just meh.

      2. It's a very good fast food burger and even better fries.

        1. I've tried the one in Cerritos, In N Out has nothing to worry about. Based on all of the hype this chain gets I assume that they were really good at one point (before they started franchising across the country?).

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          1. re: darrenk

            That's right, darrenk. When there were just a few Five Guys locations near Washington, DC, the burgers were juicy and tasty, and the fries were great. The fries are still far better than at INO (faint praise, as Ogawak says), but nowadays the burgers are only a little better, to my taste, although still better. I see on the Five Guys Web site that: they have 550 restaurants and plan to open 200 more this year; seven are currently located in or "coming soon" to Southern California; and they brag that all burgers are cooked both "juicy and well-done." Uh-huh.

            1. re: hnsbmg

              I went to the Carson store after all the hoopla about Barak Obama having eaten at Five Guys. I figured that a fast food burger good enough for the prez was good enough for me. WRONG! When I ordered mine "rare" the order taker drew my attention to the "We Cook Our Burgers Juicy and Well-Done" sign. Normally when a place that cooks to order refuses to cook to the temp that I enjoy I walk out. But I had driven a long way, about 75 miles, had skipped breakfast and was really hungry. I should have walked. It arrived well-done as promised but NOT JUICY. The french fries were ok. I won't be back, at any of their new locations!

              1. re: sel

                Looks like an In and Out wannabe. You cant duplicate things like that most times. If I am in Thousand Oaks I may try it once it has been open a while.

                1. re: SIMIHOUND

                  If you're ok with well-done then I'd say go for it.

                  1. re: sel

                    Are there any fast food places that will actually cook a burger rare?

                      1. re: huaqiao

                        Boulevard Burger on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills. Tell them you want it "damn near raw" and you'll get it. Messy but delicious.

                        Boulevard Burgers
                        21718 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                  2. re: sel

                    Hmmm, Juicy and Well Done is a contradiction.

                    1. re: granadafan

                      Well Done is the opposite of done well.

              2. For people who dislike Five Guys fries, which fast food fries do you think are better?

                I like the beefiness of the burger, but the bun tends to fall apart and my friend always complains that the patties are unseasoned. We go back there because he loves their fries(as do I).

                Sometimes I'm in the mood for In-N-Out, sometimes I'm in the mood for Five Guys.

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                1. re: huaqiao

                  I think my ideal fast food burger place would have the burgers from In N Out, Five Guys fries, and a dessert selection that included the banana cream pie from Apple Pan.

                  1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                    I wouldn't call Apple Pan, fast food, I was classify them as diner style. But I've never liked any of their pies. For pies, I prefer Pie & Burger. If you could combine the Apple Pan burger and a Pie & Burger, pie, that would be a great diner style burger meal.

                    Apple Pan
                    10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                    1. re: reality check

                      I actually have yet to try Pie & Burger. :X

                  2. re: huaqiao

                    Those are exactly my problems with Five Guys. If they'd use a more robust bun (or grill it so that it holds together better) and just sprinkle a bit of salt on the burger before cooking it, they'd go from a C- to an A in my book. Unfortunately, loads of toppings and mountains of fries can't make up for a tasteless burger at the heart of the meal.

                    1. re: Jordan

                      That's exactly why all these places put a whole bunch of crap on their burgers in order to cover up the fact that the small amount of meat they do give you won't pass the taste test.

                      1. re: mucho gordo

                        I couldn't agree more, mucho gordo. Since I usually have only cheese and raw onion as toppings, I've been tremendously disappointed in most Southern California burgers since coming home five years ago. I suppose that people who really want a salad with tomato ketchup or trendy sauces on a bun might like any clean place with fresh ingredients, but my question is, where's the juicy, flavorful beef? I should have added "properly seasoned," because not only Five Guys but many places seem to have run out of NaCl. As anyone who cooks knows, adding salt at the table doesn't do the job, unless you're mixing a gargle.

                        1. re: hnsbmg

                          Thanks for the support. If you haven't already done so, I suggest you try Boulevard Burger in Woodland Hills. They'll fix it exactly the way you want it, including 'damn near raw', and just dripping cholesterol. Messy but outta sight.

                          Boulevard Burgers
                          21718 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                          1. re: mucho gordo

                            Thanks for the suggestion -- I'll try the place.

                            1. re: hnsbmg

                              When you do, please let me know what you think.