Review: I usually don't review chain restaurants, but Five Guys Burgers and Fries feels enough like a small chain that I don't feel bad about giving them free advertising. Anyway, continuing on this month's meat-centric diet, we tried Five Guys. So, here's the skinny.
First, the fries. They are of the fresh-cut-once-fried persuasion. They are blazing hot when they reach you (which is actually kind of nice), and if you're lucky enough not to burn your tongue, you'll find they are mildly crunchy on the outside and not too dense on the inside. Unfortunately, they are only mildly crunchy, and they are somewhat dense. While they are certainly better than the fries at In-N-Out (which feel like a potato rock sitting in your mouth), they're just okay.
And now, the burger. I had the double bacon burger with lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, and mayo. It was thick, very thick. The bun was alright, although it became juice-logged and flimsy after my first bite. The meat was standard if not a bit dry because (for a reason I can't fathom) Five Guys squishes their burger patties when they're about half cooked. Doing this causes large amounts of juice (i.e., flavor) to escape, hence the dry patty. The toppings were pretty good (rather enjoyed the pickles and grilled onions), although the bacon was dry as a bone in the Mojave.
I don't know. The whole experience was just okay. Five Guys is certainly better than other burger chains, but it's not as good as almost any independent burger joint that tries.
Rating: 5/10 (5/10 is average).