5 Guys Coming to London
There's gonna be a 5 Guys branch opening in London.
Yes we have McDonalds and BK of course (used to have a few Wendys).
And yes any number of places that will charge you 10 quid for a medium rare burger on a brioche bun and a fiver for a bottle of Brooklyn lager.
Sometimes though you just want a decent burger that's better than McD and BK but with not quite so much faff.
Should I be getting my hopes up?
Well, it's definitely a cut above McDs and BK.
The fries don't survive takeaway well, IMO, as they get flabby, and the burgers can get a bit mushy depending on how you top them. And if they keep the US portion sizes, a small order of fries (will they call them fries or chips?) is enough to feed 10 people
I see they're locating near Covent Garden, I guess they figure on picking up some tourist business.
IMHO, Five Guys expanded too quickly and their quality control is sub par. As far as burgers go, they are one of the most inconsistent franchises around. Their franchise agreement dictates that you can't just open one shop; you have to open multiple shops in a region. I think this has contributed to the hit-or-miss quality of their food. I have a half-dozen near where I live and work and I only frequent one of them. The others have served grey, skunky meat and almost all of them have problems with their frys. The one store I go to regularly, the manager tosses old fries (instead of serving them to customers) and has a staff who knows what they're doing. Hint: get those fries out of the bag ASAP before the steam builds up and gets them soggy. Unfortunately, there's nothing you can do about the foi-wrapped burger. The doughy bun gets soggy almost immediately. Chains like In N Out and Shake Shack half-wrap their burgers, which allows the steam to escape. I think if management knows what they're doing, they can pull off a decent experience. But I've been eating at Five Guys since the original opened in Virginia in the 1990s, and I would not get my hopes up.
Word. The 5 Guys near our home was a huge disappointment. I'm hoping foe others that this 5 Guys is the worst example around. My tip-off was how few customers were inside. Wanting to give thwir food a fair shot, I ignored the apathy. The burger meat was nasty, the bun was gushy and the fries were very oily. To temper my criticism, I did get this order to go. With that said, the odor that lingered in my car was animal-like, and finally disipated after several deodorizing spraying bouts over three weeks. I honestly never experienced this kind of odor issue with food before or since - and we do a lot of take out.
I like their fries (skin on and skinny, which is so morish!) but am totally not bothered by their burgers (I really prefer a bit of pink not cooked right though) and the buns are those sweet, doughy bread buns. I would stick with forking out for Byron.
They're much better than McDonalds or BK. Their burgers are great, but a bit sloppy to eat. Their fries are good too and taste much fresher than what you get from most other fast food chains, plus they're not all doctored up with extra ingredients. The Five Guys in my area even lists the local farms where they are getting their potatoes from.
The downside would mainly be the wait. It takes them a while to make your order, even when they are not busy. It's not entirely "fast" food, but it's faster than a sit down restaurant.