5 guys Honolulu
There is a rumor going around that 5 guys will be expanding to Hawaii. When and if that happens, should I be excited?
After all we have two small local hamburger chains now (kua aina & teddy's) that do a good job, if somewhat more expensive, as well as a few gourmet burger places (the counter, burgers on the edge.) We also have McD's, BK, and Jack, along with a couple of wendy's and one or two carl'sjr.
Happy, yes. It's a top notch fast food burger. While they don't cook to MR I quite often get a hint of pink in mine.
There's a catch though. It seems 5G is as inconsistent a franchise as there is. Either it's great or it sucks. There doesn't seem to be a middle ground. Complaints I hear about 5G are no where to be found at the only one I've ever been to.
Tip. A small order of fries is huge. Read my lips, H-U-G-E. One order will satisfy 2 - 3 people easily. Get them out of the bag quickly so they don't steam.
5 Guys runs on a franchise model, so "expansion" isn't done from a HQ decision. They just need a restaurant operator with sufficient ability to run a shop in Honolulu to purchase a franchise. I hope you're lucky enough to have someone who wants to & can take on opening one near you!
If you want a step up from the chains like McD, BK, etc; 5 Guys will do it. But the local joints that do burgers well, especially not cooking them past med are still my first choice. They have a place in between those two.
And I love knowing where the fries originated from at 5 Guys! (It doesn't take too much to amuse me!)
I pretty much agree with heidip732. Five Guys is a BIG step up from McDonald's for sure. It's a fast food burger (meaning you can't tell them how you want the meat cooked), but an excellent fast food burger. Burgers are cooked to order and they have a long list of free toppings you can choose from. I think it's worth going a bit out of your way for -- but not MILES out of the way. A modicum of excitement is in order!