Today was 9/11. Instead of giving you a history lesson and reminiscing about this sad, horrible day back in 2001, let's just say I chose to remember this by doing something really American. I went to Five Guys Burgers and Fries and had myself a good-ole American burger!
Five Guys recently won most popular fast food large chain and best burger in Zagat's fast food survey, so I thought it was time to do the review. People rave about this place. I'm not sure how you can really rave about a fast food chain burger, but hell I am an equal opportunist and decided to put these five brothers and their burger up to the ultimate and unarguable test, ME!
Burger - Bacon Cheeseburger $5.79 - All the way (Includes all free toppings: mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mustard)
The burger comes out of the bag looking like it was dipped in silver, from the tin foil wrapping. And when I opened this little present I had, what I can describe as a beautiful mess. Yes, the burger looked banged up, but as I know from experience you can't judge a book by its cover (Example the Torah,, AMAZING read!). Esthetic and flavor do not always align. It was a double beefed patty, gooey cheesy mess. With that said I went all in.
Now Five Guys uses the griddle method and all of their burgers are cooked well-done. You don't get a choice. They would say they still are served juicy. I would say greasy. There is a big difference in my mind between burger greasiness and burger juiciness. Though the meat 100% ground beef, you don't really get big beef flavor. Now don't read too much into my many criticisms, it's my job or hobby until I start making some real money for this blog. The burger as a whole was good, but I think where the burger shined from was all the bells and whistles. The toppings are what made the Five Guys burger and luckily they offer free and unlimited toppings. The grilled onions and mushrooms were nice, but there was one star of the burger and that was the bacon. It was nice and crispy, providing a pork flavor which was welcomed since the beef flavor was sort of absent. The bun might have been the killer. I think the tin foil wrapping in evidently steamed the bun so it gets too soft. If eventually began tearing away like all weak buns do when faced with a greasy or juicy burger.
Side - Fries $2.89
Yes the brown paper bag spotted with grease marks, a sort of trademark of this place, if you ask around. The good thing is they do not skimp on the fries. They filled up the cup they used to hold them, put them in the bag, and then seemed to dump extra fries over that directly into the bag. Five Guys gets their potatoes in fresh daily. You can see the bags piled up through out the stores and a sign letting you know where your potatoes came from today. On this day ours came from, well can't remember, but some small city in Idaho.
The fries came out hot and crispy. The use Peanut oil to fry them up and perfectly seasoned them. I could actually taste that real potato flavor which sometimes is nonexistent with a lot of burger places.
Drink - Cherry Coke $1.99
You can't really go wrong with a Cherry Coke. I try to stay away from soda's, but burger day is always a cheat day.
Conclusion: It's a great fast food burger. Definitely get bacon and take advantage of the free toppings. The beef by itself is not a winner. It is worth the try, but yes there are plenty of better burgers out there sitting in restaurants. If you're a fast food burger junkie then this is the place for you!