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.
Big and Sloppy, But So Good
by basil on February 9th, 2012
First of all, though "Cheeseburger" sounds like something fairly run of the mill, beware - this is a hefty burg. Even next to the "Little Cheeseburger" on the menu, you might think this was a normal burg, and the little one was for kids. This is false. The little one is a normal burg - the regular one is the same normal burg with an extra patty (cheese in the middle).
Five Guys is a no frills kind of place. Expect nothing more or less than a quality burger that will fill you up and satisfy your need for beef. The patties in the Cheeseburger are fresh, handmade, and sparingly seasoned - nothing special, just big, juicy and gloriously beefy.
The cheese is different from what I'm used to in a cheeseburger. It's not real cheese like you might get in a sit-down resto or a gourmet burger joint - this stuff is still processed. But it's silkier and not quite as radioactively yellow as your typical processed cheese product. I have yet to confirm this, and being Canadian, I don't have much of a frame of reference, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Five Guys uses what is colloquially known as "American Cheese". If that's the case, then I'm all for the stuff. It lends a nice mild flavor and a smooth mouth feel to the burger, literally making it easier to swallow.
The bun is nothing to write home about, for you bun enthusiasts. It's your average supermarket sesame seed bun, bigger and better than a lot of "nothing special" buns, which is par for the course across the board for Five Guys food.
I had my Cheeseburger "All The Way", which means it had all their standard toppings. If you're in doubt about what toppings to get (all toppings are no extra charge), this is a safe bet. No matter how few or how many toppings you choose, the result is a nice, big, sloppy burger. Put down that coke - you're gonna need two hands for this one.
EDIT: I have since perfected my toppings choices for this burger. I now get mayo, pickles, grilled onions, mustard and hot sauce. So freakin' good.
5 guys burger
by fobsquad on March 18th, 2013
So, the wife and I were going to start our 'healthy' living by ending our glutunous ways with a 5 guys. Definitely a dream come true with the fries baby!
by emmarimmington on February 6th, 2012
I love five guys burgers! Make sure you eat it with cheese because it adds that much more punch!