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My First Time At Five Guys Burgers
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Posted on 08/31/2011 5:57:50 PM PDT by mountn man

SO, after much anticipation, I finally had the chance to try Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

And after hearing and reading all the hype, I was definetly...What would be the correct word?...

UNIMPRESSED!!!


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Just thought I'd start a thread to read others' opinions.

To me, I was expecting something extraordinary. What I got was ordinary. All around the joint I see these "supposed" magazine and newspaper articles, extolling the awesomeness of Five Guys burgers' and fries.
I say supposed, because from the time I got my sack, with the round tinfoil ball, that was my burger, to the time I took my first bite of said burger and had my first fry, my first and continually repeating thought was "are these raves and quotes real? Are these magazines and papers even real?" I wondered, and still do, whether the owners of 5 Guys just bought ad space in these mags and papers, and created ads that looked like reviews.

A half mile from 5 Guys is a Steak And Shake, I'll go there... repeatedly... before I'd go to 5 Guys. There's a Culvers about 3 miles away, and a Fuddruckers about 5-6 miles. Why waste my time with 5 Guys?

Heck, there is a Wendy's about the same distance from me as 5 Guys, and not only is Wendy's MUCH cheaper, I find the burger just as good.

What say you?

1 posted on 08/31/2011 5:57:53 PM PDT by mountn man
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To: mountn man

I, for one, agree. Of the chains, I’ll take a Wendy’s before any other.


2 posted on 08/31/2011 5:59:33 PM PDT by Arlis (- Virginia loghome/woods-dweller/Jesus lovin'/Bible-totin'/"gun-clinger")
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To: mountn man

“What say you?”

I say Fatburger. One Big Fat Deal, please. And crank up the Juke Box with some 50’s and 60’s Soul, Blues and Rockabilly.


3 posted on 08/31/2011 6:00:39 PM PDT by jessduntno (Obama shanks. America tanks.)
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To: mountn man

Agree. 5 Guys burgers suck.


4 posted on 08/31/2011 6:00:39 PM PDT by Amadeo
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To: mountn man

Had my first one a few weeks back also. Meat was fine, but the bun was weak and I had needed a fork and knife by the time I was halfway done. Not in my top 5. Would eat there again, but won’t drive out of the way to get there again.


5 posted on 08/31/2011 6:01:52 PM PDT by ScottinSacto (If anyone will beat Obama, let's not send just anyone. Cain/West 2012 (Palin/Cain when she declares))
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To: mountn man

5Guys fries are limp/soggy—I have had to ask for no salt because they destroy them with salt...burgers are better than McD’s but over priced. Haven’t been there in over a year.
When I want a great burger, I make it at home.
And if you start cooking your own fries out on the back patio, you will think twice about fast food places!


6 posted on 08/31/2011 6:03:16 PM PDT by two23 (Liberals Have Created a Culture of Lies)
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To: mountn man

By far the best chheseburger I’ve ever had was at Gordon Biersch
http://www.gordonbiersch.com/default.aspx


7 posted on 08/31/2011 6:03:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: mountn man

People have tried to get me to go and are always raving about it. I like everything in Dairy Queen. Wendy’s hamburgers are good for like the first 2 bites. I’ve heard a lot about this place in Anderson, SC called BGR Burgers. Their add is you must have one before you die.


8 posted on 08/31/2011 6:04:53 PM PDT by Force of Truth (Intelligence and virtue are preferable in a candidate, but I'd much rather he or she be chinchy.)
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To: mountn man

Steak and Shake? You gotta be kidding. I’ll admit the picture in the menu is awesome. Too bad the burger on your plate looks (or tastes) nothing like that.


9 posted on 08/31/2011 6:04:59 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: mountn man
Yea, I got sucked in to all of the hype myself as well.

All i was hearing on this site and others was how incredible their burgers are.

FINALLY one was built walking distance from my house last year.
WOOHOO!!!

Then i ordered one, a double with bacon and cheese.
Was it Awesome? The BEST ever? Eh....whatever.
Tasted and had the consistency of any burger you would get at a Dairy Queen, Friendly’s or any other obscure food joint.

I was a bit disappointed, haven't been back.

10 posted on 08/31/2011 6:04:59 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: mountn man

Same here! For some reason my son really likes that place, but me......... not so much. Wendy’s has at least the same quality - on a bad day, and the Appleby’s has a cowboy burger that is really great...for about two dollars more than Five Guys.

OVERRATED!


11 posted on 08/31/2011 6:05:06 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: mountn man

We have one of the ORIGINAL 5-Guys just down the street. Given the close proximity of those other chains I’m guessing you are NOT in Northern Virginia!


12 posted on 08/31/2011 6:05:21 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: mountn man

I prefer my burgers at home on the grill(charcoal heated/Hickory smoked).

No restaurant compares!


13 posted on 08/31/2011 6:05:41 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: two23

How do you cook fries on the patio?


14 posted on 08/31/2011 6:06:06 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: mountn man

I love Five Guys. But I only go there if I don’t plan on eating anything else that day. The meat is cooked fresh (as is Wendy’s), the bun is grilled, and the fries are great.

It’s fast food, not gourmet. Maybe the expectation was too high from all the hype.

I can do without the loud music, but the free salted peanuts while you wait is a nice touch.


15 posted on 08/31/2011 6:06:26 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: mountn man
It might depend on the location. I think their cheeseburgers are really good, but other times I've been a little less than impressed. Last week, I had one in at the Greektown location in Detroit, and it was FANTASTIC! I always get the Little Cheesburger. All in all, I think 5 Guys is great.

I like Wendy's, too, and Bigg Burger.

16 posted on 08/31/2011 6:06:39 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: mountn man
Five Guys is not worth the money.
Checkers has better burgers and fries.

Over hyped and expensive marketing plus less than ordinary product delivery.
I fully expect the entire chain to be totally out of business within the next twelve months.

17 posted on 08/31/2011 6:06:57 PM PDT by sarasmom ( A Fine is a Tax for doing wrong. A Tax is a Fine for doing well.)
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To: mountn man
They opened one here in Arlington, TX, I had the same experience you had. The peanuts were good.

When I left I drove over to the In-n-Out construction site and yelled at the workers to hurry up.

18 posted on 08/31/2011 6:07:02 PM PDT by txroadkill (Ghandi would have smacked 0bama in the head)
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To: mountn man

Best burger in the fast food world bar none——IN AND OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 08/31/2011 6:07:08 PM PDT by taillightchaser (The last hope for America--2012)
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To: Amadeo

In L.A/Hollywood, I’m surrounded with Tommy’s, Fatburger, In N Out and Astro Burger. Haven’t been to a McD’s in months but I will drive to a Fatburger or In N Out if I have the time. Actually, I walk to both. I’m close to the In N Out which finally got Paris Hilton her jail time LOL.


20 posted on 08/31/2011 6:07:11 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: mountn man

I miss Culver’s Butter Burger now that I am out on the east coast.


21 posted on 08/31/2011 6:07:45 PM PDT by janipa
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To: mountn man

I hear Big Kahuna Burgers are mighty tasty.


22 posted on 08/31/2011 6:07:56 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: two23

>> And if you start cooking your own fries out on the back patio

I’ll bet that’s true, but it would be really dangerous. As much as I like fries, after a couple months of making as many as I could eat, they’d mistake me for the Goodyear blimp and fly me to a football game or something.


23 posted on 08/31/2011 6:07:56 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Arlis
I agree, of the fast food chains, Wendy's is my fave.

For favorite burger outright, its Fuddruckers. I just hate the place inside. And its not the type of place where you order a burger and walk out 10-15 minutes later.

24 posted on 08/31/2011 6:08:16 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: mountn man
Agree with everything you said. (Although the five guys' fries weren't bad.)I will also throw in Red Robin for being over-priced AND over-rated.

The Steak 'n' Shake Wisconsin Butter Burger is phenomenally good, just toasted bun, butter, grilled onions and cheese. Also, their non-Chicago hot dog is exceptional.
25 posted on 08/31/2011 6:09:04 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (It's fun to play with your vision, but don't ever play with your eyes.-1970's PSA)
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To: Arlis

I’ve always thought Wendy’s was the best. They grind their beef on the premises.


26 posted on 08/31/2011 6:09:04 PM PDT by IbJensen (Welfare: putting a cake under the sink expecting that it wonÂ’t attract cockroaches.)
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To: mountn man

Agreed for my taste 5 guys nothing extraordinary. We also have a Red Robin in the area, anybody have any comments on Red Robin?


27 posted on 08/31/2011 6:09:07 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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I think the burgers and fries there are a nice change.

However, the best burgers are the Fuddruckers Elk or Buffalo burgers.


28 posted on 08/31/2011 6:09:34 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: mowowie

I also like Hardies Thick Burgers. The mushroom and swiss is the best.


29 posted on 08/31/2011 6:10:00 PM PDT by Force of Truth (Intelligence and virtue are preferable in a candidate, but I'd much rather he or she be chinchy.)
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To: mountn man

What say you?
What say I? Saith I, what expectest thou from a burger chain, no matter the price? Far superior burgers have I had from sports bars indeed. Support thy local burger cook.

What I thought was interesting about Five Guys is that they actually had bottles of vinegar in their condiments section, and having lived in a country where fries are served with salt and vinegar (no ketchup), that was welcome. The burgers remind me of Sonic's burgers, to wit sloppy and overpriced (at least they do say that their burgers are fresh, their buns have a five-day shelf life and they cut their own fries); just to mitigate that, I got mine with "the works" (the maximum number of toppings), which doesn't necessarily add to the slop but doesn't detract from it either.
30 posted on 08/31/2011 6:10:45 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sounds similar to Steak and Ale in the early days. One of the best sirloinburgers in North America was in a Steak and Ale in Niagara Falls. Another one was in San Jose, California where they had a wine license.

I used to watch for them when on travel because they had the best buy for the money and the burgers were exceptional.

31 posted on 08/31/2011 6:10:55 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for the advice. They have one in Bolingbrook, Il, about a half hour away. I’ll have to try it, next time I’m that way.


32 posted on 08/31/2011 6:11:25 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: UB355

Red Robin is worth a try......


33 posted on 08/31/2011 6:11:25 PM PDT by GotMojo
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To: NonValueAdded

My girlfriend is a vegetarian, which pretty much makes me a vegetarian.


34 posted on 08/31/2011 6:11:50 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: UB355

See comment #25.


35 posted on 08/31/2011 6:11:50 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (It's fun to play with your vision, but don't ever play with your eyes.-1970's PSA)
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To: mountn man

Five Guys is great. Love the burgers and the Cajun fries.


36 posted on 08/31/2011 6:12:05 PM PDT by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: IbJensen

Wendy’s does not grind their meat but buys it fresh never frozen.


37 posted on 08/31/2011 6:12:14 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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I thought their burgers were pretty great. I’m kind of a fan of a moist burger though (some would say greasy) so their burgers appeal to me. I thought the taste was good. Every condiment and topping you could imagine and some you can’t.

Now the fries are interesting. They’re a little tasteless, natural cut and you get a lot of them. They are fried in peanut oil for those who who like that idea.

I think they’re prices are kind of high but I liked the experience.

I’d rate them better than Fuddruckers or Red Robin. I will say though that most towns have a locally owned bar that has better burgers.

Still I would not call Five Guys “overrated”.


38 posted on 08/31/2011 6:12:22 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!)
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Red Robin has a broad spectrum menu so you can take folks with you who have any number of eating restrictions and there’ll be something they can eat.


39 posted on 08/31/2011 6:12:44 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: mountn man

I agree.

The burgers were okay, the fries were awful.


40 posted on 08/31/2011 6:13:51 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: mountn man

I agree.

The burgers were okay, the fries were awful.


41 posted on 08/31/2011 6:14:03 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: mountn man

I agree.

The burgers were okay, the fries were awful.


42 posted on 08/31/2011 6:14:15 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: mowowie
Then i ordered one, a double with bacon and cheese. Was it Awesome? The BEST ever? Eh....whatever. Tasted and had the consistency of any burger you would get at a Dairy Queen, Friendly’s or any other obscure food joint.

I was a bit disappointed, haven't been back.

My SAME EXACT experience. With possibly the same exact outcome.

43 posted on 08/31/2011 6:14:15 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: mountn man

I felt the same way about In & Out. Haven’t tried 5 Guys yet.


44 posted on 08/31/2011 6:14:15 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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45 posted on 08/31/2011 6:14:15 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep saying it.....)
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To: mountn man
We usually find the best burgers at nondescript mom and pop dairy bars, somewhere miles off the interstate.
46 posted on 08/31/2011 6:14:45 PM PDT by oyez ( America is being pimped.)
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To: max americana

Man I miss the Tommy’s double chili cheeseburger.

And in and out.


47 posted on 08/31/2011 6:15:17 PM PDT by struggle
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To: Artemis Webb

Checkers!!..Best bang, and buger, for your buck...closest thing to a slider you can find ashore..


48 posted on 08/31/2011 6:16:06 PM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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Checkers!!..Best bang, and buger, for your buck...closest thing to a slider you can find ashore..


49 posted on 08/31/2011 6:16:06 PM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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To: Artemis Webb

Checkers!!..Best bang, and burger, for your buck...closest thing to a slider you can find ashore..


50 posted on 08/31/2011 6:16:09 PM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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