Five Guys Burgers and Fries

I didn't want to guano the McD thread... MichelleBFT mentioned 5 Guys Burgers and Fries and we just had one open up the street. What is the deal with it? Why is it different than other places? I'm just curious because it's always packed.
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This is my favorite local burger and fries place (well, I guess they aren't really local if they've made it out to Texas). Their fries are fresh and cooked in peanut oil. They taste great. I love their burgers too.
Five guys is the BEST burgers and fires ever!!! I used to work down the street from the original one in Ole Town Alexandria and OMG...the fries are fresh cut, thick, broadwalk style cooked in peanut oil, the burgers are fresh formed ground beef patties. Think your moms homemade "ghetto" burgers but like 100x better (and no sandwich bread....lol)!
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Waaaahhh..... I'm hungry and I want one of these! Never had them before (they're not local to NY), and now I want one.
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I know a lot of people that really like it.

I'm not a meat eater, but the one time I went I couldn't stomach it. I got a grilled cheese and fries, maybe it was how they prepared my food but it was all so greasy I could only take a few bites.
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Waaaahhh..... I'm hungry and I want one of these! Never had them before (they're not local to NY), and now I want one.
Originally Posted by LisaF1163
Yeah, but there are tons of places in NY that offer similar food! I'm sure some of the NY-based burger joints are of the same quality. Go get yourself some food!
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It sounds good, I'm hungry! Is it a fast food place or more like Steak n Shake? I've never heard of it.
OHIDAWG Best burgers you can buy. Seriously. For years (YEARS) I used to think to myself, Man, I really want a really good burger. But the only burger options around were either fast food junk or TGIFridays or Ruby Tuesdays or crap like that, which always sounded like a good idea but were never really a good, fresh, delicious burger. They always tasted like they're come out of a deep freeze shortly before I ordered them.

But Five Guys. Whole different world. Fresh beef, fresh formed patties, fresh cut fries. They put what you ask for on it and nothing else: if you order a hamburger, you get bread and meat, period.

Seriously, I don't think I can keep talking about it because my mouth in involuntarily filling with saliva at the thought of it. Yeah, it's that good. It is in no way health food, but when you want a Burger, that's the place to get it. No question.
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They opened one near my house a few months ago, it's pretty good. It's no In N Out, sniff, but it's pretty good. The french fries are fantastic!
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The hype, a la Krispy Creme. Their burgers and fries are good, but not that good.
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I just tried it for the first time last week. Good burger, but I didn't try the fries. Someone asked how it compared to Steak & Shake - I thought it was better for about the same price, but then I've never been very impressed with Steak & Shake. I didn't find anything unique about 5 Guys, it was just a good burger - about like homemade, to me.

Not typical fastfood cheap - I spent $40 on 2 regular cheeseburgers, 2 of the smaller burgers (about the size of a Quarter Pounder), 2 fries and 4 drinks. I do like the way you can choose from so many better-quality condiments (mushrooms, sauteed onions, etc) for no extra cost. Bacon and cheese are extras, though.

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I think they just opened a couple of restaurants here in Mass - I have yet to try them.
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Waaaahhh..... I'm hungry and I want one of these! Never had them before (they're not local to NY), and now I want one.
Originally Posted by LisaF1163
Yeah, but there are tons of places in NY that offer similar food! I'm sure some of the NY-based burger joints are of the same quality. Go get yourself some food!
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I was wrong! I was wrong! They have three locations in NY! WHOOT!
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We live near a campus and there's so many sandwich/burger places that when this one opened we went, "Really? Another one?"

I guess we'll have to try it sometime.

Terra Burger also opened up. Any word on that place?
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They opened one near my house a few months ago, it's pretty good. It's no In N Out, sniff, but it's pretty good. The french fries are fantastic!
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Dang, now I want fries. I just looked them up. There is one 2 blocks from my office.
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Five guys is the BEST burgers and fires ever!!! I used to work down the street from the original one in Ole Town Alexandria and OMG...the fries are fresh cut, thick, broadwalk style cooked in peanut oil, the burgers are fresh formed ground beef patties. Think your moms homemade "ghetto" burgers but like 100x better (and no sandwich bread....lol)!
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I used to go to that one when I worked in Old Town (near King and Fairfax) and they did have the best burgers ever.

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They opened one near my house a few months ago, it's pretty good. It's no In N Out, sniff, but it's pretty good. The french fries are fantastic!
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Dang, now I want fries. I just looked them up. There is one 2 blocks from my office.
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They're so good - they're sliced fresh and fried in peanut oil with the skins on... and there is like a little sugar or something kind of salty/sweet sprinkled on them. Yum.

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There are 3 or 4 in my area, but I have yet to try them! I've heard good things about them though.

Those fries sound amazing right now!

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They make some of the best burgers! I like them WAY better than Fuddruckers, but they're second-best to Portillos in the Chicago area.

Anyway, everything is made fresh. I think that's what makes their food good. And you get alot(especially the fries). Never get a large, as two-three people can share the regular.

It's a guilty indulgence every once in awhile.
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Waaaahhh..... I'm hungry and I want one of these! Never had them before (they're not local to NY), and now I want one.
Originally Posted by LisaF1163
Yeah, but there are tons of places in NY that offer similar food! I'm sure some of the NY-based burger joints are of the same quality. Go get yourself some food!
Originally Posted by Sairis
I was wrong! I was wrong! They have three locations in NY! WHOOT!
Originally Posted by LisaF1163
I was about to post that there's one in Bay Ridge, at least, near the 86th St stop on the R. It is pretty darn yummay, I usually stop in if I'm in the area.

ETA: Three in Manhattan, three in Brooklyn and at least two in Queens.
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