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Nov 2, 2013 03:30 AM

New Fries Size At Five Guys!

For at least ten years, I've been complaining, both here and by e-mail to Five Guys that their small order of French fries is big enough for three normal eaters (or one 16 year old). I've had moderate success re-heating the leftovers in an oven, but I've never been able to successfully seal them up, even with aluminum foil and double fresh bags, so that the inside of my car doesn't smell like a fry kitchen for a week after even a short run home with the left over fries.

When I was getting my monthly dose of Five Guys yesterday and went through the usual exchange with the cashier:

"Do you want any fries?"

"No, thanks, a small order is much too large for me to eat. When you offer a smaller size, I'll take it."

She pointed to the menu board and told me that they just added a "Little" order of fries. So they finally listened to me (and probably others who are at least a little health and budget conscious).

The Little Fries is still too big, easily enough for two, though at $2.39, it's a step in the right direction. I ate enough so that I wasn't tempted to take the leftovers home. ;)

I'm still dreaming of the "courtesy order of fries," maybe a dozen to 20 sticks for a buck, but I suppose I should be thankful for larger small favors.

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  1. good, now if they could make a smaller size of burger as well.

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    1. re: hill food

      The 5 Guys little burger (1 patty) is about as small as can be and not be called a slider (which, of course, is more fashionable). My usual order is a little cheeseburger which, with a handful of peanuts, fills me up at lunch.

      1. re: MikeR

        it's not a slider for me and I want choices. good flavor though - no dispute with the ones I've had.

        but back on topic - random peanuts+ a silly# of fries
        AND an oversized burger? cutting the burger size would cut the overhead easier than the fries and make the franchise more profitable. (armchair jerk)

        1. re: hill food

          Something tells me they are making money because they are opening Five Guys all over the place now. They even opened one up in my small town outside of Boston (my Dad is obsessed!).

          1. re: Elyssa

            oh 5Guys is like lice these days. they're certainly doing something right in the accounting department but when I'm in the midwest (and yes they are there now), I'm taking my $$ to Steak n Shake (but not for their fries)

            1. re: hill food

              Yes I just moved to Michigan and there are a bunch here. Wish we could get an In-n-Out or Shake Shack instead....

            2. re: Elyssa

              I think they changed this policy but when they first started franchising, the franchisee had to at least be able to support 5 stores. I think that at first you had to open 5 stores, then they tweaked that policy and I believe they finally did away with it.

              At any rate, for growth, it's not a bad way to go.

      2. At some Chicago hotdog stands, a small order of crinkle-cut fries comes with your dog. That's just the rule.

        1. I take my extras home, chop them up and use them for home fries for breakfast.


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          1. re: Davwud

            Actually, the leftover fries aren't too bad when reheated in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Problem is that I can't seal them up well enough on the trip home and my car smells like a fry kitchen for a few days after taking home some leftover fries.

            I've tried double-bagging using new bags so I'm not carrying home the grease that's drained off the fresh batch, and I've tried wrapping them in aluminum foil. Nothing keeps the smell from settling in the car.

            Maybe I'm more sensitive to this than many since I don't have kids and I don't eat anything but cookies or trail mix in my car, so I'm not accustomed to the "fast food" odor.

            1. re: MikeR

              I hate my car smelling like grease! Yuck yuck yuck! It doesn't bother me so much when it's my husband's truck. :)

              1. re: MikeR

                I do have kids but I do not allow eating in my car. I also travel with a sealable plastic box in the trunk so I can close up leftovers if need be. I'm sure I need a mental health professional to sort it all out for me.

                1. re: tcamp

                  as long as it's not the kids who are sealed up in plastic in the trunk I'd say you're A-OK. maybe a bit tidy, but not uhh...

            2. Wait---you were complaining that there were to many fries!? If the size is too big maybe just tell them to fill it up half way. Or do they have a child's size?

              If you are health conscious probably shouldn't be going to Five Guys in the first place. Their fries are awesome....if you are there and ordering them just splurge! Also someone on this board taught me the trick years ago to immediately dump the fries into the paper bag and shake. Great trick to get the extra grease off the fries and keep them crisp. Haven;t actually had Five Guys in a long time (when I lived in DC I mostly went to Shake Shack and BGR once they opened), but they have them all over Michigan now so if I want a taste of my old hometown maybe I'll go there.

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              1. re: Elyssa

                They don't have a child's size. I suppose that's what the new size is supposed to be. I prefer to call it an "adult size."

                Sure, I could ask for only half a bag full, but they'd still charge me the full price. That doesn't seem like a very good deal to me.

                It's not a matter of being health conscious, it's a matter that I just can't eat that much. Want to meet me there and share an order? A regular small order is enough for three "sides" or two gluttons.

                I might have been the one who came up with the idea of splitting the bag open and dumping the fries on to it. This drains a little oil, but it also keeps the fries from steaming and getting soft in the bag. BGRs side of fries is about 1/3 the size of a Five Guys small order, for about 2/3 the price. I'd occasoinally order fries with my burger there because I could finish what they gave me and only feel a little stuffed.

                Five Guys isn't unique. A lot of restaurants give you too much food, and in a lot of fancy places, just like Five Guys, a side order is easily enough to split for two or three eaters. I once asked a steak house in California if they could do a half order of fries for me, and they did, and even priced it at half the full price. Still, it was a lot of fries but they're no longer in business).

                1. re: MikeR

                  Some time ago I decided to forgo the small burger and fries at Five Guys for a small order of fries only which I think is ample for two people with a small ice tea. I enjoy the peanuts and also immediately dump the fries into the brown paper bag to degrease and maintain crispness.

                  Don't you love brown paper bags for their effectiveness in absorbing grease?

                  Geezing along I learned to do this thirty years ago at the Take and Bite (not to be confused with the Sip and Byte. The Take and Byte was at the site of the old Admiral's Cup on Thames Street. Eddie made a great fresh cut steak sub with fresh green peppers which I enjoyed almost daily while checking out the Moran tugs at the foot of Broadway near the police boat pier.

                2. re: Elyssa

                  Our family of four, including two teenagers, share one order of fries. It's plenty. It's not about being health conscious but not wanting to waste food. I love that they have the smaller size now.

                3. Went to Five Guys today and got the small fries. I've gotta say, I appreciated the smaller size! I rarely finish entrees even in sit down restaurants and I like a place that charges less for less food. Sounds simple, doesn't it? It's still too large of an order for me to finish but I felt less wasteful about it. For $11, I got a little bacon cheeseburger, small fries, and a small drink. Works for me.

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                  1. re: Hobbert

                    It's the extras that run the price up - the bacon, the cheese, and the drink. I'll splurge for cheese, but add the free mushrooms, green peppers and onions (sounds like a pizza, doesn't it?) and get a cup for water. With the little fries, it's under $7.

                    Unlike some of the chowhounds who must perpetually be on expense accounts or wanting to impress their dates, cost for a meal is important to me. Having plain water with my lunches probably saves me about $400 a year. Amazing, isn't it? Thinking about it that way, I should be able to afford at least one sitting a year at Minibar or some place like that. ;)

                    1. re: MikeR

                      5 guys doesn't take reservations and Minibar doesn't answer the phone - it's your call sport.

                      1. re: hill food

                        What's the best $400 meal for someone who goes to 5 Guys about once a month and squirms when lunch costs more than $6?


                      2. re: MikeR

                        Oh, I hear ya on price. $11 for a daily lunch would be impossible for me to justify. Five Guys is an every couple months type visit for me. I generally pack a lunch and limit myself to 1 soda a week. (Wow, I sound boring...) Sodas are definitely a racket at restaurants. If there's Cherry Coke, though, I can't resist :)