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Oct 29, 2012 07:01 AM

Five Guys now open at Yonge and Dundas

Finally, a place to get a great burger downtown. 329 Yonge, in the US Fast Casual triangle between Panera and Chipotle...

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  1. I tried the little cheeseburger last Friday. It lived up to my expectation for sure. The patty was meaty and juicy, the bun was soft and toasty, toppings were fresh and all free of charge. The assembly line looked a little chaotic even though there were not many customers. I think they are still trying to figure out how to cooperate with each other. I work not far away from Yonge and Dundas, so I'll go back for sure, maybe not at regular lunch hours.

      1. I tried it last night. Quite a bit more expensive than I imagined. Cheeseburger, regular fries and regular drink... $15.33!

        The bun and burger were soft and squishy, with a pleasant grilled taste (although smashed and cooked on a flattop). Fries were very hot, but undercooked. I ate in the restaurant, but all orders are given out 'to go' (in a bag; no trays provided). And the restaurant's poor ventilation meant that after I left my clothes smelled of fried burgers and fries all night long.

        I would go back, but I'm not necessarily rushing to do so.

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        1. re: canmark

          I just might try it sometime just to see what the fuss is all about. But since I was completely happy with my similar meal from Big Smoke Burger at the nearby Urban Eatery at about 70% that cost, I'm guessing it will be a single shot deal.

          1. re: canmark

            Wow...I just checked out the nutritional information ( for five guys and let's just say it's definitely not health food (not that anyone thought it was I'm sure, but it's much worse for you than I expected at least).

            For example, your cheeseburger, regular fries and a drink were (depending on the drink) probably in the range of 1700-1800 calories. Other than the vegetarian items, the only thing on their menu that has fewer calories than a big mac is the "little hamburger" at 480 calories (this includes their hot dogs and their order of regular fries has 620 calories).

            Anyway...not going to stop me from going there, but I have to say I was a bit surprised.

            1. re: Strongbad789

              An order of fries EASILY feeds two or more. No one person should finish it solo, at least not if they're serving the portions I'm used to in VA.

              1. re: Wahooty

                Yup, a small order of fries serves 2-3 easily. As for a double patty, double cheese burger on a white hamburger bun being high in calories, and a soda loaded w/ HFCS being high in calories? That's not possible.

                1. re: GoodGravy

                  yea i wish that they offered a cheaper option on fries that was a reasonable serving for one person. i don't eat fries most of the time but the cajun fries there are worth it, but even a regular is far, far too much for a normal person.

                  the little cheeseburger plus splitting a fries is a semi-reasonble fast food meal, once in a while

                  1. re: GoodGravy

                    No need to be snarky, GoodGravy.

                    A double cheeseburger, medium fries, and a medium coke at McDonalds comes in at around 1000 calories, which is sort of what I have in my mind as what to expect with a fast food combo. My point was just that the calories in a Five Guys combo (at 1700-1800 calories) seem to be significantly higher than what I was expecting. Nothing more.

                    I also hate the trend of making people pay more for more food than they want, which the 'regular fries' at Five Guys seem to exemplify.

                    Again, none of this is going to stop me from going there for lunch tomorrow...I probably won't order the fries, though.

                    1. re: Strongbad789

                      You've touched on one of my major pet peeves in the food service biz - the lack of options re: portion size. I wish more places offered half-size or snack-size portions for those of us with smaller appetites. It would make it a lot easier to justify buying the odd treat if it didn't automatically come in mammoth size!

                      1. re: piccola

                        I'm sorry, but no one who is truly calorie conscious is going to McDonalds or Five Guys. Don't bitch about not having half-sizes or that their fries add too many calories. If you're worried about calories, here's an idea: don't eat cheeseburgers! Don't eat fast food, period!

                        1. re: jmeggs

                          I'm reminded of the Lewis Black line, "You mean fat...fried in fat...WILL MAKE YOU FAT?!?!?"

                          1. re: jmeggs

                            McDonalds has been revamping their menu and branding with a lot more healthy offerings. Maybe that's not a direction that 5 Guys wants to go in, but why turn away potential customers simply for the sake of not offering smaller portions? They already have a small burger - the one patty option. I can't see margins suffering much if they offered a serving of fries that was 1/4 the size and 60% of the price.

                            Even those who are truly calorie conscious like a treat now and then.

                            1. re: hal2010

                              No one's forcing you to finish the whole order of fries. And okay, you want a treat now and then, but don't complain your "treat" is high in calories. Five Guys is not health food and doesn't hold itself out as being such.

                              1. re: jmeggs

                                They're selling twice as many calories as I want or need, at twice the price I want to pay, and calling it "regular" sizes.
                                I can't share the fries if I go alone and I prefer not to *plan* to put half my lunch in the garbage.
                                Hey, maybe we should have a chowhound 5 guys support group, meet up and split a couple of orders of fries - cajun and regular!

                                1. re: julesrules

                                  If you read 5 Guys' nutritional information the first thing under Fries is this:

                                  "One Serving of Fries (approx. half of regular order) - 310 calories"

                                  Is it really difficult for them to sell what they recognize as a reasonable serving for one person?

                                  /and don't get me started about the peanut contamination all over the place ;)

                                  1. re: hal2010

                                    The worst part of which is that the peanuts have become increasingly lousy.

                                    As for the size of the fries, they want to get so much out of every ass in a seat. At least they are decent about it and giving you a lot of fries for the money. Ever been to one of Susur Lee's places?

                              2. re: hal2010

                                I saw a documentary on McDonalds and one thing that was touched on was the high calorie / fat content of their products. In their defense, McDonalds Executives outlined many attempts to offer healthier options such as the McLean burger over the years and in virtually every case they failed miserably. Time will tell with their new healthier offerings but history is not on their side.

                              3. re: jmeggs

                                I wasn't talking about this place specifically, just the restaurant industry as a whole. (I've never been to Five Guys because, as someone mentioned upthread, they don't have veggie options.)

                                Besides, it's not a question of saving calories, it a matter of avoiding waste. I hate throwing out food but it's not always possible to take a doggie bag. It would be nice to have the option to order a smaller portion.

                              4. re: piccola

                                I agree. I guess most places don't want to encourage smaller portions (smaller profits, etc), but it would be great if they did. Large portions are getting less and less attractive to us as the years go by. Rather than leave good food uneaten, we've started taking home the leftovers (something we never did in the past). We've thought of splitting meals, but feel that most places discourage that....or ordering from the Children's menu but would feel odd with no child! Regarding hamburgers, does anybody else remember the tradition of serving a burger cut down the middle. (This was common when we lived in Alberta).

                                1. re: T Long

                                  I regularly bring home part of my meal, but it's not always feasible, particularly if you're going out after dinner. And some food doesn't keep very well -- fries aren't so tasty the next day.

                                  Sometimes, if a meal is pretty cheap to begin with, I'll just ask for a smaller portion without expecting a change in the price (ie, asking for a two-egg omelet rather than three-egg one at brunch, or skipping the toast). But it would be more fair if there was the option to pay less for less.

                              5. re: Strongbad789

                                Five Guys is known to be one of the most caloric, high in fat, of the burger options. It is definitely worth pointing out that they managed to make burgers and fries even MORE unhealthy than their counterparts.

                          2. re: Strongbad789

                            that's brutal...WAS gonna go check that at lunch but maybe not now. When i do i think i'll just get the burger ; )

                            1. re: dannyboy

                              I know a lot of people who skip the standard double-patty burger at 5G and opt for the little burger because the former leaves them sluggish and bloated. Loaded up with L/T/pickles, the little burger is more than enough for most people. As for the fries, yeah, they're pretty excessive, but nobody's making you finish them all.

                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                IMO the double is the only way to go unless you are a small eater

                          3. re: canmark

                            canmark,I had the same reaction when I tried them the first time,at the Warden/Eglinton location....Overpriced for what I'm getting....The burger is OK but not at that others have pointed out,the fries add a LOT to the final price....
                            If i feel like paying $15 for a burger meal,I would rather head to Holy Chuck....IMHO

                            1. re: warlock

                              Warlock, right on. To me, Five Guys' burgers are taste-free. I have had well-salted quarter pounders from the Golden Arches that have more flavour, however generated. And I would rather go to Holy Chuck once a week than either of the other establishments more frequently. In fact, most fast food in Canada is bland bland bland. Exceptions are - at the low end of pricing - shwarma and donair spots - and slightly higher - Chipotle Grill.

                              1. re: Bigtigger

                                At just about any diner in the Mid Atlantic (US), $15.00 will get you a fresh ground 8 oz burger cooked to your liking and a plate full of steak fries with a few dollars to spare. I tried 5 guys once and I was not impressed. Burger was well done & the fries were on the soggy side. IMHO, McDonalds has perfected fast food french fries and their 1/4 lb burger is as good or better than 5 guys at 1/2 the price.