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The Five Guys Experience

 

This weekend, I scratched and itch.   We all know that the desire to consume a burger can be very potent at times.  However, deep within that meatish yearning for a burger lies one of the most insatiable of desires, the want of the “grease burger.”   The recent standard for “grease burger” can be found within the franchise paradise that is Five Guys Burgers and Fries.  Five Guys is popping up like Starbucks circa 2002, minus the whiny baristas. 

                Off Mountaineer Matt and I went this Saturday, to Five Guys, in search of greasy burgers.  Like the remaining four teams, we would not be denied. 

                Mountaineer Matt was a good accomplice because he was able to show this old dog some new tricks.  He pointed out that one of the reasons why Five Guys bested its rivals stems from the customers ability to “rip open” the bag as a means of getting to the fries quicker and safer (those fries are hot out of the oil).  Basically, you pull the bottom flaps of the bag and open the bag up like a blossomed flower of grease.

               

                I’ll briefly address my thoughts on Five Guys before getting into the review.  Over the past few years, Five Guys has established itself as the benchmark for a quality, fast food burger.  They’re beef isn’t fancy or special, but it appears to be plain and simple quality chuck.  The real key is that the beef is allegedly never frozen, and I honestly think that you can taste the freshness.   In my opinion, Five Guys has cemented its status as a big dog when it comes to East Coast burgeries. 

                Learning from my lessons of the past, I kept my burger relatively simple.  I ordered the regular (which is a double) bacon cheese burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mustard & catsup. 

This burger was awesome.  The meat was cooked medium well but remained internally juicy.  That quality is the true difference maker for Five Guys.  I don’t need to say much about this burger, it was the quintessential Five Guys delight! 

                Mountaineer Matt decided to forgo the Wildcat until dinner time, so he settled on the Regular (read double) cheese burger with grilled onions, lettuce, catsup and mayo. 

Mountaineer Matt described his burger as “very messy and very good.”  Beyond the obligatory burger praises, he rejoiced in their fountain Sprite, ceasing the crystal liquid’s praise only to lament about the shortage of fries.  Even though we got a good bit of fries, we could have had more.  And no, it does matter that we didn’t even eat all the fries. 

                All in all, we loved the Five Guys experience.  The burgers were juicy and the fries were as crispy and fresh as you’d expect.  Essentially, Five Guys is a place where anyone can exchange currency for a really good (not quite great) burger.  When you are  in the mood for a damn good burger and you do not want any pretenses, go to the most consistent place around, Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

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  1. HighMountainDeer
    April 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Okay, so, I have been frequently making the mistake of reading your blog at work. I am trying to save money by making my own meager lunches which I bring to work, and forgoing dinner until I get home at the end of the night. Your pictures are making my mission increasingly difficult. I am now hungry. Thanks a lot.

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