Five Guy's coming to Alameda
- Ruth Lafler Aug 4, 2013 02:53 PM
In the old Pearl's site at South Shore. Sign on the door says "hiring" so presumably planning to open sooner rather than later. Although I wasn't impressed by the Five Guy's burger, the fries are totally craveable (if you like the style).
You must ask for the fries "well-done" or "cooked twice" or "extra crispy"...they will tell you that their fries are great, but they are not, too soggy, insist on the above and you will be happy.
Prepare to be underwhelmed. They're maddeningly inconsistent. Even the same store will be good one week and lousy the rest. They wrap their burgers in foil so they get all steamed and soggy. They serve everything "juicy well done" whatever that means (i.e., grey). Their large fries is a massive paper bag filled with steamed, soggy fries.
it's so funny you mentioned the foil. there's a store near my office and i've picked up takeout twice and each time, by the time i'm back to my desk, the whole thing is a wet, soggy steamed mess.
also, for burger prep, they drop that thin patty on the grill and then for some reason, about a minute into the cooking, they press down with extreme force to make sure that every last drop of moisture is removed from the beef. i asked if i could have my burger just cooked without all the pressing, but the answer was no.
I've never found their fries to be anything less that great. You must evacuate from the bag immediately though.
They're also known for wild inconsistency so don't give up on a burger just yet.
People have to understand one thing about a chain burger. It's gonna be cooked all the way through. No large chain is gonna take a chance on salmonella or something like that. You want it cooked to order, go somewhere else.