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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).

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    sydthekyd Aug 4, 2013 02:55 PM

    What style fries?

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      Ruth Lafler Aug 4, 2013 03:03 PM

      Thicker than typical fast food fries. Not super crisp, but more potato-y. Cooked in peanut oil.

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        shanghaikid Aug 4, 2013 04:40 PM

        should be noted, the french fries are made in house from fresh potatoes. forget what they taste like. (cajun style and five guys style)

        sidenote: even unami burgers uses frozen fries.

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          BigWoodenSpoon Sep 8, 2013 12:44 PM

          Just went today and I gotta say at the price point I much prefer In N' Out where I would've spent $10 less for my family of 3.

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      ernie in berkeley Aug 4, 2013 05:07 PM

      Someone mentioned in another topic that they only cook the burgers well-done. Is this true?

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        shanghaikid Aug 4, 2013 05:29 PM

        yes. well done only. patties are only 4 ounces. a regular burger gets you 2 patties.

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        Eujeanie Aug 4, 2013 05:10 PM

        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.

        1. monkeyrotica Aug 5, 2013 04:28 PM

          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. 

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            mikeinboston Aug 6, 2013 06:39 PM

            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.

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              monkeyrotica Aug 7, 2013 03:22 AM

              Well, that's what they mean by "juicy well done." It's well-done with all the juice pressed out of it.

          2. Davwud Aug 9, 2013 07:03 AM

            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.

            DT

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              wellbaked Aug 12, 2013 11:13 PM

              Yes, fries are pretty good, but burger is average at best. I am partial to "grilled" rather than "griddled" burgers.

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                corazones757 Sep 4, 2013 08:13 AM

                Grand opening is this Thursday.

                1. Candy Sep 9, 2013 10:42 AM

                  We have a 5 Guys. I am underwhelmed, I'd rather have Burger King. The fries from our 5Guys are limp and soggy.
                  We gave them a few tries to be sure we weren't hitting them on a bad day. Nope they were always soggy.

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