About the joint
The Five Guys Burgers & Fries story is a rare tale. They went from a mom & pop greasy burg takeout only joint to a 2000+ franchise operation in less than three decades. Their success isn't a big surprise - the greasy spoon experience they offer is a cut above the rest in terms of atmosphere and quality.
Five Guys never freezes its beef, and the patties are hand formed, not from a factory. Red and white "minimalist diner" interior design, an order queue marked out by piled potato sacks, and open boxes of free peanuts in the shell (not a place for the allergic, they also use peanut oil for their fries), might be considered gimmicks or personality, depending on your perspective. The most memorable piece of non-burger personality is the complete and utter meaninglessness of their fries sizes. Whether you order the regular or large, they pour several scoopfuls into your bag.
If you're looking for greasy over gourmet, you won't do much better than Five Guys.
Bacon Doesn't Always Make it Better
by basil on March 19th, 2013
This burg has all the charm and delectability of the standard Five Guys Cheeseburger. What puts its rating ever so slightly lower is the bacon. Normally bacon is a boon to a burg. In the case of Five Guys - the bacon is way overcooked. Like, charred. Some people like it that way - but not me.
That being said, here's a funny little animated GIF about this burger.
I'd fight five guys to have another
by benjamin on April 10th, 2012
We had just helped a friend with a move. We were tired. We were hungry. The whole lot of us. But, not wanting us to waste away, the universe graciously reached down, crooked it's cosmic finger, pointing – nay – guiding us to sustenance. What we found was a derbist's haven.
I don't know what it was, but this burg just spoke to me. Bite after bite, I didn't want it to end. Greasy, thoroughly enjoyable burgy goodness. It's what I hoped In-N-Out would be.
If you desire the ultimate greasy spoon diner burger, this is it. Scrumptious.
Oh, and their fries (and the ridiculous volume they bestow upon you) is a nice plus!
One of the most satisfying burgs I've ever had. I will say, it is a shame that they don't claim organic or grass-fed, especially given the somewhat steep price. No one's eating burgers for health reasons, but it's still preferable to eat quality meat, and surely better beef would make this already great burg that much better.