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Jan 14, 2011 03:11 PM

Five Guys Burgers coming to Station Landing in Medford

I drive by Station Landing everyday on my way to work and lo and behold today I saw a sign on one of the store fronts that said Five Guys Burgers!! Their website confirms that it will be "opening soon" but no date was posted.

Five Guys Burgers
269 Patriot Pl, Foxboro, MA 02035

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  1. Oh dear. That isn't good news at all.... way too convenient!

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    1. re: smtucker

      Yes a bit scary. I can stop in on the way to AND from work!!

      1. re: smtucker

        So- what's great about Five Guys? I'm curious because one just opened a week or two ago up really close to me and I just heard the name for the first time about two months ago...

        BTW, I'm not a big fan of In-n-Out or fast food burgers in general except for Burger King- I'm used to a little char. What's Five Guys got going for them?

        1. re: EWSflash

          You like Burger King better than In-N-Out? If so, I'm not sure you'll find Five Guys has anything going for them...;)

          1. re: EWSflash

            In that case, you're not going to like Five Guys at all. They do flat-patty griddled (not grilled) burgers: what Kenji Alt called "west-coast style" in a Boston Globe piece a while back, even though they started in the DC era. It sounds like you don't like that kind of burger, though, so this place isn't for you.

            I like them fine, but since both Flat Patties and Uburger--who do this style of burger as well or better than Five Guys--are more convenient to me, I rarely ever eat there.

            Flat Patties
            81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

        2. As Five guys expands it gets worse and worse. Odd that they picked station landing, the stupidest development in greater boston's history.

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          1. re: tamerlanenj

            I'm from the DC area and really liked Five Guys in their early days. Now, every time I go there expecting a replica of great Five Guys burger experiences past, I am disappointed almost every time with the cold, unmelted cheese and the limp, underseasoned patty.

                1. re: debidokun

                  It's a small faux-new urbanist "downtown" that's in the middle of vast surburban sprawl on the side of a highway. They even have...haha...BENCHES.

                  1. re: tamerlanenj

                    Where better to eat boardwalk-style fries than on a bench?

                    1. re: hckybg

                      Bench on a city street or boardwalk=good

                      Bench on a strip mall disguised as a "city block" next to the highway=bad

            1. in case no one has mentioned it, they are going into Kmart Plaza in Saugus too. Between these two, and the oft discussed, and hopefully soon to open Stoneham location, i just may be able to eat every meal at one or the other... lol

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              1. re: ajmoose

                Went to the Stoneham location tonight, have to say it's a pretty good cheeseburger. Although, I have never eaten at another Five Guys location before tonight.

                The fries are really good too.

                I wouldn't go once a week, but it sure beats other fast food burgers for me.

                1. re: mcel215

                  I stopped in Winchester, VA for my first Five Guys cheeseburger and fries. The burger was
                  good in the griddled/greasy variety. The "cajun fries" were terrible. Poorly spiced and mushy. Not crispy at all. Overall I'd go back if I'm in the mood for a fast food chowdown and I'm on the road and need food near the Interstate. Just sayin'...

                  1. re: rockbound

                    Five Guy's fries are by far the worst in the fast food industry. They're close to inedible. Squishy, oversalted (or unsalted), and way, way too many of them. Just an embarrassment to an otherwise pretty great burger place.

                    1. re: Fly

                      Really? Love the fries there. made from real potatoes and always hot!! IMO too many is a good problem to have.

                      1. re: omarba

                        I really liked that they are made from real potatoes too. I don't care for the skinny ones from McD's or BK, this medium size is just right for me too. :)

                        1. re: mcel215

                          I think McDonald's uses real potatoes too.

                          1. re: T.Clark

                            I wasn't sure if they still did, but thanks.

                            I was referring more toward the shoe-string ones versus the more meaty size that 5 guys offers though. Those just taste better to me. :)

                            1. re: T.Clark

                              McD's uses real potatoes that come from giant bags in the freezer, lol...

                        2. re: Fly

                          I agree on the fries, disgusting. Soggy, limp, wrong size cut. Double fry is the industry standard which they balk at. I'd take a good frozen fry than a fresh cut mushy fry any day.

                          1. re: T.Clark

                            They become more acceptable if you *immediately* dump them out of the bag so they won't steam further, but yeah, they're proof that single-fried fries are inferior to double-fried.

                            But worst fries in the FF industry will always and forever be Burger King's title.

                          2. re: Fly

                            I love those fries, especially the Cajun ones. I'll take yours, and yours too.

                            1. re: hckybg

                              Stopped at the Five Guys in Saugus and it was my first Five Guys visit ever. Fries had no flavor and weren't even close to crispy-it was just big cooked batonnets of potato. Got a burger with mushrooms, onions, bacon, and bbq sauce; didn't taste like ANYTHING. No exaggeration. No flavor whatsoever. very disapointed. Sonic and Five Guys can go back to where they came, a freshly made Big Mac or a Whopper with Cheese DOMINATES the burger offerings from both of these joints.

                              1. re: Elvis74

                                I'll skip any food from a fast food restaurant - but I had to try Five Guys when it first opened at Swampscott. Never went back. Thought it was way too much money for hyped up nothing - you gave a good description.

                                Guess I'm spoiled - I very seldom eat red meat these days, but when I do, I want it to be better than good. Used to eat a lot of burgers in my younger days, & I'm fussy. I thought the FG's burger was overcooked, and the reason they have all the added toppings is to distract from a poor grade of beef.

                                The fries, as I remember them, were soggy and also flavorless. Big waste of money (as they charged separate for both, instead of offering a combo meal like other fast food places do).