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My Five Guys Apprehension

Whenever the masses tell me a restaurant is good, I'm pretty sure it sucks. Recently Everyone has been telling me how great it is. CH is loaded with people singing its praises and it's really making me wonder. I'm away from home right now and there is one a few blocks away. For two weeks I've avoided it, but I think tomorrow I may cave in. I know in my heart it's going to be awful, but I'm going in with an open mind and definitely hoping to be shocked. I'm pretty picky when it comes to burgers, because I live a block away from some of the best burgers anyone will ever eat. That being said, a Whopper hits the spot sometimes more than a real burger.

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  1. Recently Everyone has been telling me how great it is. CH is loaded with people singing its praises
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    not really.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I've actually seen about 10-1 and heard about 30-1 of people I know saying it's great. I'm getting one today!

    2. Even if you don't sing its praises, it will be head and shoulders above a Whopper, and absolutely not the worst burger you've ever had.

      And you just might *like* it.

      Not much downside there.

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      1. re: sunshine842

        Head and shoulders above a Whopper? That's damn near chain food Blasphemy. I now have my King mask on shaking my head.

        1. re: jhopp217

          LOL! great visual there. i haven't had a fast food burger in more than 25 years, so i've never tried Five Guys...but when i was a kid i always preferred the Whopper Jr over the Quarter Pounder :)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            With the exception of KFC, I normally have a fast food meal about once every three months. I usually hit BK up for a Whopper, but I was thinking about it and this year, I've really been bad. I've hit quite a few.

            Burger King - still the best, Whopper is the pinnacle of fast food burgers. Hamburgers are a great deal at $.99. I actually like their fries better than the infamous Mickey D's fries - or as I call them salt licks.

            Mickey D's - honestly had a Big Mac this year for the first time in five years. Had to pull over. I got physically ill.

            Wendy's - hasn't been good since Dave Thomas died...and that's the truth.

            Taco Bell - if anyone could explain what I ate that day, I'd appreciate it. The beans werent beans, they were paste, the meat wasn't recognizable and the rice was cold. Another near pull over.

            Nathan's (not in Coney Island) - ordered two dogs, one with onions, one with kraut. I drive away and stop at a light about four minutes later. No onions, no kraut. No packets of relish, no packets of mustard. Stale bun, cool hot dog. Never ever going back....other than Coney Island.

            1. re: jhopp217

              I actually like their fries better than the infamous Mickey D's fries - or as I call them salt licks.
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              i never got involved in that debate - i was all about the BK onion rings!

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                bk onion rings? those reconstituted bits of chopped onion pressed into a circle? what did you see in them?

                Been to 5 guys once, it was ok, nothing special, nothing horrible. I'd go back, but i seem to like in and out better. but both are a 'treat' when i go to LA or wherever since they aren't in Hawaii.

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  I eat the BK onion rings too-the onion ring dipping sauce is what it is all about. There is something addictive about the sauce...deep fried cat turds would be good dipped in that sauce. I am sure it is poison......yummy,yummy poison.

                  1. re: sedimental

                    dipping sauce? what are you talking about? i have eaten waayyy too many meals at burger king and never ever had, seen, or heard of any dipping sauce except for the same ketchup you put on the french fries.

                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      Then you are missing out! It is a spicy, mayo based sauce in a little plastic tub (where you peel back the foil) and I think it is called onion ring sauce. You have to ask for it. It is orange colored -as all tasty poison foods are, so you know it's goooood.

                      Edit: Are you in Hawaii? Maybe they don't offer it there.

                      1. re: sedimental

                        <<It is orange colored -as all tasty poison foods are, so you know it's goooood.>>
                        :) HA HA!

                        1. re: sedimental

                          I did a google search and found it. Nope, never seen it offered in Hawaii, and I haven't looked in CA, cause I'm not fond of those reconstituted things they call onion rings... but if i knew they had special sauce.....

                2. re: jhopp217

                  big macs are only good at the big mac museum. they do 'em RIGHT there.

          2. I've only been to Five Guys a few times, but I do remember that you have to order a "Little" to get one burger, otherwise it's a big, double burger. I don't think the Cajun fries are worth the money, but that's my opinion. If you like your burger "Loaded", you won't find any other place that has more toppings and condiments without charging extra.

            Get lots of napkins and don't wear long sleeves.....It's juicy without being overly greasy.

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            1. re: awm922

              Five Guys is hard for me to describe for some reason. I'm writing an article reviewing them and I'm at a complete loss for words. I agree, the cajun fries were extremely disappointing, and even the regular ones didn't do much for me. The burger was fine , nothing special like everyone else seems to think.

              1. re: diningwithDeliaJo

                Honestly, I'd rather go to Red Robin for my chain burger. They even have a $5 cheeseburger special right now. Not sure if it's at all of them. Still get any type of cheese, all the toppings, meat cooked your way and bottomless fries! it's a great deal for my once in a while cheeseburger fix.

            2. Get a small fries and get them out of the bag ASAP. Great fresh, soggy when left in the bag and they steam.

              It's a 1/4lb patty done on a flat top. A regular comes with 2 patties so if that's too much order a single.

              Constancy is an issue. I've been to 3. One is always great, the other two are only just good.

              DT

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              1. re: Davwud

                I agree with you on all counts, and I'd suggest going with a friend to share the fries. They are legitimately worth the hype but the small size is a reasonable amount for two people. I think the Cajun spice is harsh and salty so I stick with the plain fries. Don’t expect greatness from the burger – it’s just an average griddled diner-type sandwich – but it’s nothing to sneer at.

                1. re: RealMenJulienne

                  YES to fries for sharing ONLY. If I go alone, I won't order them.

                  YES re the Cajun spice is "harsh"--I can only guess I'm tasting too much white pepper. Mind you, my Cajun spice at home doesn't even contain white pepper. What's the deal there?! It's a weird taste for sure.

                  But "my" Five Guys? I really am hooked on it. And I'm a rare burger gal all the way, so imagine my surprise when I tried one for the first time and liked it. Not the least bit rare, but definitely juicy, as evidenced by my need for lotsa napkins each time I go.

                  I used to get the double, then tried to ask if I could get it cooked less. The person at the counter suggested trying the little cheeseburger rather than the other--same size, just one patty instead of two. That's what I've ordered ever since.

                  I particularly dig "my" Five Guys 'cause maybe it's an exception to the rule. It's not just a bunch of careless kids. Yes, most are young, but they're friendly, eager to please, smile when they pass the bag of food my way...I dunno, maybe because I smile at them, too. Oh, and they have Sirius/XM on the Rewind station so I actually look forward to listening to 80s tunes when I'm there.

                  Love the toppings, too--for me--extra pickles, light jalapenos, mayo, shrooms. Yum! For under $5, it's a nice treat. It could only be improved if I could order a beer or a shake to go with.

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    I agree with the shake - the one thing that 5 guys could do to improve their resturant - burger, fries, shake is classic americana, how can they not have it? This is where in n' out has them beat.

                2. re: Davwud

                  I'm skipping fries. Just want to try the burger. Plus, I rarely enjoy fast food fries.

                  1. re: jhopp217

                    these are hand cut from actual potatoes -- no frozen nasty frites here. They even leave the skins on, which warms the cockles of my heart. When they're fresh, there's none better.

                3. I wouldn't get so stressed over a hamburger.

                  I've eaten at 5 Guys twice. Burger was pretty good. I don't care for the fries and there are way too many of them, even in the small order. Plus, I think 10+ bucks is too much for an OK burger, fries, and iced tea.

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                  1. re: chileheadmike

                    Defijnitely not stressed and actually looking forward to it. Hope I'm surprised. I'm skippin the fries and drink. Just want to taste the burger.

                    1. re: jhopp217

                      "Just want to taste the burger."

                      And therein lies my problem with 5 Guys -- the burger has no flavor. The patty desperately, desperately needs a shot of salt and pepper. Without the toppings, there is nothing there.