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Sep 9, 2011 07:38 PM

5 Guys does SUCK

Went to 5 Guys today for the first time. Paid $12 for a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a coke. The Burger was OK, nothing to write home about. the bacon was crispy as ordered. The fries were plentiful but very bland. Only ate a small handful of them. WIsh I would have went to Applebee's instead. I will not be visiting 5 guys again. In my option, its a ripoff. Bottom line is, its a fast food joint. Might as well save $7 and go to McDonalds! The free peanuts were nice.

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  1. I agree. I've been twice and I didn't think the burgers were special.

    1. i get a single cheeseburger with toppings. no fries, no coke. sometimes i split the burger and get a hot dog with my dh or dd. there is nothing else on the fast food market that has such fresh burgers that taste like really good diner food. i don't love their fries. i do think it's a lot better than applebees(blech) or mcd's (Fake food).

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      1. re: fara

        I'm with you Fara although I don't share mine.. Great bacon cheeseburger with a free ice water for me.

      2. if it was ok and nothing to write home about then ergo it did NOT suck!

        the little burger is big enough you'd find and if you share the fries they are big enough for two.

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        1. re: smartie

          I agree, smartie. I'm one of the fatties that Clams047 so eloquently refers to, and a little burger and shared fries are plenty for me. I'd prefer not to be eating fast food burgers in the first place, but the SO is a fan.

        2. If you really can't taste the difference between a Five Guys and a McDonald's burger, then you should definitely save your money and stick with the Golden Arches.

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          1. re: acgold7

            Same for the fries. If you prefer the frozen potato product at McD's, etc you should stay away from fresh fried. My complaint with Five guys is the huge portion sizes. Unless I have someone to share with, I avoid them (burgers, fries & drink sizes are geared for the obese).

            1. re: Clams047

              Reason number 1 Five Guys Burger sucks.. the roll .. my old sponge that I use at the sink has more body than this thing does.

              2. The cooking temperature ranges from Burnt to a crisp to incinerated.

              3. The Fries - inconsistent.. sometimes underdone undersalted, sometimes saltier than the Dead sea... Always dumped into the bag.

              Two good things about Five guys.. malt vinegar.. and the kosher hot dogs.

              1. re: cwdonald

                Fully agree that Five Guys rolls are terrible, although they are really not much worse than typical fast food burger rolls. Definitely a place to improve & move ahead of their competition. I've also found the quality of their fries do tend to vary from fair to excellent, but I've generally associated that with the fact that they use fresh cut potatoes vs. the manufactured potato products of mediocre quality used elsewhere.

                As for the salt, I appreciate the fact that their burgers & fries tend to be lower salted than other fast food places. McDonald burgers & fries, for example, are so salt ridden that I find they have little flavor beyond the salt.

                Five Guys variety in condiments is a definite plus, but as mentioned previously, I still have a problem with their huge portions to the point I rarely stop anymore, even though I usually like their fries & burger condiments.

                1. re: Clams047

                  Never really been a fan of 5G fries for the consistency reason. One place will be fine, the other stale or really greasy. Then you have to deal with getting them out of the bag ASAP before the steam builds up and they get all soggy. And just because they're fresh cut doesn't mean they're any good. Proper fries need to be fried twice; once at a low temperature and again at a high temperature right before serving. One of the reasons McDonalds fries are consistently crispy is that they're flash fried before being frozen. I'd rather have frozen fries that are cooked properly than "fresh" fries done poorly.

              2. re: Clams047

                ... the frozen potato product that's in the top 20 french fries, plain period? that one?
                if you're going to kvetch about it, kindly kvetch about beefy fries. that's a valid bitch.

                1. re: Clams047

                  When I eat alone at Five Guys, I often spell out "T-O-O M-A-N-Y" with my leftover French Fries. (I can't eat FFs without a burger, and I can't eat a burger without FFs.) If I remember, I ask for a half-order (for which they charge me full price) I can't tell you how many times I've e-mailed them asking for a smaller "small," but to no avail.

                  I think the only way to get them to do it is not to buy FFs, but if I'm not going to buy FFs, I'm not going to buy a burger, and if I'm not going to buy a burger...

                  1. re: Jay F

                    lol, i think that would be a problem on your end. toss the fries if you want to only eat 1/2

                    1. re: fara

                      Count me in. It's a problem on my end, too. Almost $3 to waste food? That's not right.

                      1. re: johnseberg

                        I gave some of my fries to 2 young guys a few weeks ago, they were very grateful.

                    2. re: Jay F

                      How about finding another person standing alone in line and offering to split an order of fries with them?

                      Or take the leftovers to go and leave them where a homeless person will find them?

                      1. re: Fydeaux

                        I have done day there was a lady behind me and we both commented on how we wish they had small fries. We split them and it was a win-win.

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