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.