Reporting on Five Guys Burgers and Fries

A few days back, during a break from my system upgrades, I went on a field trip across town to visit a Five Guys burger joint and compare it to my beloved In-N-Out Burger.  My husband and several other family members went along for solidarity (and for burgers, naturally).

First off, the positives:  Five Guys had a good menu that included more than just burgers.  The burgers were decent sized, cooked when ordered and served hot.  All toppings that they offer are included with the price, and there is a long list of toppings.

Next, the negatives:  No shakes, chocolate or otherwise.  It was hard to get to the soda dispensers.  There were tons of people there.

Now, the comparison:  The atmosphere was crowded, and not in a good way.  Crowds are normal there, which is evident by the way they create a queue using potato sacks and boxes of peanuts.  The peanuts are free, which should be a positive, but I just don’t care that much about shelled peanuts.  The peanuts are so that you can have a snack while you wait for your burgers, which could be a long wait during peak service hours.  In-N-Out often develops a wait time, too, but the atmosphere is cleaner and more comfortable.

The fresh cut fries, while good, were not as good as In-N-Out.  The thicker style means a little overcooked, and the optional Cajun seasoning that was just dumped on unevenly was not particularly tasty.

In-N-OutThe burgers, while good, were not as thick and juicy as In-N-Out, and were pricey for what you get.  The menu has two sizes, but the larger size was really just two smaller patties on maybe a bigger bun.  Not like a “double,” but more like an odd trick.

Overall, I can’t knock Five Guys Burgers and Fries too much, but I also don’t understand the hype.  Of all five of my family members that went, not one of us liked Five Guys better.  I remain an In-N-Out purist.

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