A couple weeks ago at work, I was talking about how good Craft Burger is (now known as Big Smoke Burger) when a colleague started telling me about this amazing place called Five Guys that I have to try out.
So I did… And, to tell you the truth, I was left scratching my head wondering what all the hype was about. In and of itself, the burger is good and worth trying – I just wouldn’t have high expectations.
The Menu & Prices…
…are straight forward. You have plenty of free toppings to accompany your choice of a “Hamburger” or “Cheeseburger”. Both versions have a “little” version which consists of one patty instead of two.
…was juicy and tasty and would easily put other established joints like Johnny’s and Harvey’s to shame. I’m not a man of excess, so I went with the little cheeseburger topped with mayo, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and hot sauce.
I’ve begun to classify burgers into two categories, those that need ketchup and those that don’t. Typically, gourmet burgers such as those from Big Smoke or BQM, don’t need ketchup whereas burgers from Licks, Johnny’s, or the highly-overrated Hero burger, do.
This burger definitely falls into the category that requires ketchup and I can confidently tell you that this burger has nothing on Lick’s, where the patty is fresher, larger and tastier (you shouldn’t need TWO patties to have a decent portion). Even the shredded cheddar cheese from Lick’s runs laps around the processed slice of unmelted cheese I got @ Five Guys.
Lick’s continues to reign supreme in its category as far as I’m concerned.
…are good and potato-y, no complaints here. They do serve a lot of fries though. Think of a regular fountain cup of soda full + another cup full thrown into the paper bag for good measure… except the 2nd cup of fries aren’t in any container so the paper bag turns into a grease cloth.
…this joint is a slice of Americana where you get good food and bigger portions. If you’re in the area and looking for a good burger, stop by but at the end of the day, I’d rather drive a bit further in search of Lick’s.
|Licks > Five Guys
Five Guys > Hero
Five Guys > Johnny’s Burgers
Five Guys > South St. Burger Co.
Five Guys > Harveys