I’m always on the hunt for a good burger joint. You know the king I’m talking about. The ones where the people working the counter and the cooks making the burgers seem to actually care about what they are doing. I’m not talking about the fast food type of place and I’m not talking about a place that has a choice of chicken or veggie patty and tries to dignify the choice by still calling it a burger.
Five Guys Burgers & Fries is just one of those types of places. The menu is quite simple – you can get burgers or dogs, and fries. They even have a grilled cheese or veggie option if your not into meat, which is fine with me since they did the right thing by calling them sandwiches instead of burgers.
As I stepped up to the counter I realized they have a lot of choices for burger toppings, which are all free – no extra charges here, so be prepared when it’s your turn to order or you could cause a pile up behind you as you try and craft the perfect burger. At this particular lunch outing I was feeling particularly peckish, so I ordered a regular cheeseburger with bacon, mustard, ketchup, grilled onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. I also got a side of Five Guys Cajun Style fries.
When my number was called my food was handed to me in a plain brown paper bag that was already showing the beginnings of grease stains on it. When I looked insied it I saw a very large foil bundle and a huge cup of fries.
Then I opened everything up.
Wow, good stuff.
The burger was a double meat burger (apparently that’s the standard and if you want only a single patty you have to be brave enough to order a “Little Burger”) and was piled high with the toppings I ordered. My fries were overflowing – so much so that they didn’t all fit in the cup and about a quarter of them stayed in the bag.
The cheese was totally melted and didn’t even resemble a square anymore, it was basically fused with the bottom patty. The bacon that came with the burger tasted like the kind of bacon that you eat for breakfast – thick and hearty. I kept having to stop eating and wipe my face and hands as the juices seemed to get everywhere. The bottom bun basically disintegrated before I could finish the last couple of bites, where it went I wasn’t quite sure but didn’t really care.
The cajun fries were good but not spectacular. I was actually expecting something with a little more spice to them.
Overall, I must say that this was one good burger and I felt totally complacent and at ease with the world whe I was finished eating. I was also full, but not so full that I felt overly stuffed.
Will I be making another trip to Five Guys Burgers and Fries? You betcha.