Five Guys Burgers

The number of press releases and reviews are what stand out the most about our visit to Five Guys Burgers. The line went out the front door about 30 feet but moved quickly. Five Guys had extra staff for opening day.

There were sacks of potatoes lining the entryway and a hand-written sign told us that today’s potatoes came from some small town in Idaho. On the menu each item’s calorie count was displayed next to the price.

Flush with $100 million credit line from GE Capital the Virginia based Five Guys is plowing through the Southland and they want everyone to know how many awards they’ve received. But why the hard-sell? The walls are papered with glowing reviews from magazines across the country. But it didn’t make our burgers taste any better.

The burgers come smooshed into a foil wrapped ball. The pickles are sweet and the cheese is like a Kraft single or something. The patty is overcooked and dry.

The strange thing is the comparisons to In-N-Out. Sure their colors are the same, and they have a simple menu. But Five Guys is more expensive. Two single patty burgers, fries (too big), and drink was over $20.

In a recent HuffingtonPost article it is noted that In-N-Out burgers cost less, and noted an article in the LA Times that said Five Guys customers typically earn more. They forgot to mention that they pay more for a burger with fake cheese.

Five Guys is at State College and Commonwealth. 714.525.5955

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