Friday, December 31, 2010

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Review

While visiting my family in Maryland, we stopped for lunch at Five Guys Burgers and Fries during our post-Christmas gift card shopping trip. I thought I'd snap pictures of my lunch and share with you my experience at this beloved burger restaurant. Then... when I returned to Maine, I saw the headlines! How timely.

First, the fries. Their fries are great- crunchy, skin-on, salty, not greasy or limp. Always fresh and hot. Rivals Duckfat fries? Discuss. Have a fry-off in 2011.

Make my burger, mister.

Next, the burger. I ordered a Little Cheeseburger (LCB), which is plenty of food, despite being called little. (A big burger is just two patties instead of one.) And I ordered it with everything, which is ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, and pickles. There are a myriad of other toppings you can order as well.

I have a lot of respect for this burger. I realize that's a weird thing to say about food, but it's not pretentious. It doesn't have effing foie gras on it, it doesn't have weird artisan ingredients (ahem, garlic jam at Nosh), but rather is made with fresh, never frozen beef, and simple, straight forward toppings.

Free peanuts while you wait!

And much has been made about how Five Guys' burgers and fries are bad for you. (And holy cow, a large order of fries has 1,464 calories and 71 grams of fat. But, a large order of fries will also serve like 5 people. The three of us split a regular and had leftover! fries!) So I do not recommend eating 5 Guys every day (M. I'm looking at you). But for a burger that you wait two minutes for, this is a pretty damn good burger.

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  1. I think your review of Five Guys is spot on. Their fries are sometimes better than at others (seems to depend on the location as well as the time of day and how busy they are). Funny story about my very first Five Guys experience (down in OBX, North Carolina) a few years ago... I went in and, being a big burger guy with a hearty appetite, I ordered two "big" burgers and an order of fries. Imagine my surprise when I saw them wrapping it all up! When I got the food home, I couldn't even get all the way through one of the burgers. And the fries... well, it seems that I caught them just before closing and they had plenty of fries in the hoppper, so they ended up giving me enough fries to fill a paper sandwich/lunch bag!

    I'm eager to see how they fare in Portland. Not sure about the Fore Street location (I think they'd be a better fit in South Portland), and I'm curious to know how they'll get around the moratorium on franchise businesses downtown. Or has that since been lifted?

  2. Yum looks good. I usually eat vegetarian but definitely eat a burger once in a while (especially if I have drank a few beers..)

  3. I was curious about how Five Guys fits in with Portland's "Buy Local" ethic, as well...

  4. When I lived in NY I tried 5 Guys and wasn't bowled over. However, much like everything in NY, there were about 12.2 million people there, so maybe they were pumping them out too fast? I'll have to give it another try.

  5. p.s I usually dont drive to Saco to work out - I belong to Planet fitness- but have been trying to go to bootcamp every sunday. My family has had membership for a long time and basically all the employees know us and let me in. haha

  6. byyy the way- my good friend is opening a new restaurant next to Duck Fat. It will be opening this weekend! You should stop by at some point. It is called "the east end grill"

  7. Yeah five guys really is good. Too much grease for my stomach to eat very often though!