Five Guys coming to Encinitas
- SDGourmand Feb 5, 2011 11:15 AM
Just saw the sign for Five Guys.. Going to be in the old Daphanes spot a few doors down from Kaito..
We saw it too. It's about 100 yards south of where I heard Chick Fil A is going to in (the old bank that then was a Baja Fresh in that same shopping center). And Kohl's is supposed to go in that big former Albertson's, too. Can you say traffic jam?!
9828 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071
I went to the Pacific Beach location with 3 other guys. Between the four of us, we got 3 small orders of fries. At the end of the meal, I think we had more fries than what we started with. It was biblical. I agree with your question about why they can't serve a reasonable amount for a more reasonable price. Bottom line on the Five Guys vs. In-n-Out debate is this: if you want to go out for a burger, fries and a drink, it'll cost you $3.50 at In-n-Out and $10 at Five Guys. If I'm going to spend the extra money, I'd prefer to go to Burger Lounge. Too bad they're not opening one of those in Encinitas.
Maybe I'm biased because I grew up on 5 guys and used to go to them when they only had 2 stores back east, but in my mind, there is no way in-and-out compares in terms of burgers. If you want fries, I'd say skip 5 guys. They are greasy, give you way too much, and not that great. But the burgers...oh man. If you want a burger done right, 5 guys can't be beat. Although, I will admit, since they began franchising many years ago, quality isn't what it used to be when they were a one shop place.
I tried Five Guys in PB last week and was unimpressed.
The positives: for a $5 burger the double patties were a decent total size and juicy despite being cooked to the corporate-mandated well done, the staff was super friendly, and there was lots of seating (as opposed to BL in La Jolla, which is small and often packed).
The negatives: the beef tasted underseasoned and underflavored (or overcooked), there wasn't any good crust or char on the burger (might as well get that if you're going to cook well done), and the decor felt cafeteria-like.
The many available free toppings are appealing, but I had my burger with grilled mushrooms, lettuce, tomato only to better judge the flavor. I won't rush back anytime soon.
In other fast food news, the Taco Bell on Encinitas Bld has been completely demolished.
Hold the applause please. The replacement structure will also be a Taco Bell. Apparently, that's how Taco Bell does remodelling.