The newest location of the US based chain Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries has opened their doors and hungry Vancouverites and tourists alike are doing a great job of keeping the seats full. The chain was started in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia and then spread to Metro Washington, DC area. They started selling franchises and now has spread to over 1000 outlets in North America.
I remember hearing about them when President Obama made a surprise visit just after he was elected and bought lunch for his office staff and made the day of everyone in the place.
Five Guy’s is known for making your burgers fresh when you order them, they don’t have freezers in the place and only refrigerators so your assured nothing is frozen. The place is Americana through and through with a classic red and white tile color scheme decorating the room. Two things that are a standard at any Five Guy’s are the sacks of potatoes at the front of the restaurant and boxes of peanuts for you to munch on while waiting for your burger to fry up.
Spreading the burger love this visit was made with fellow awesome bloggers and photogs Alvin Lee and Adrian and Jeremy of The Food Gay’s, we had a great event at the Hyatt with some delish bevies so a good burger was in order. As you can see from above the burgers are big (default they come as a double patty), the Gays along with myself ordered a “Little” version. They are very generous with the fries and dump a bunch extra in the bag so a small is ample. Five Guy’s has a large list of toppings to choose from for free to really make your burger your own, the guy’s got mushrooms on their burgers to mix things up.
This was my burger that I created (seating and space was so tight I literally had no room to get a full shot). If you’re looking for a classic bacon cheese burger this would be in the dictionary. Topping wise I went with mayo, ketchup, mustard, pickles, tomatoes and lettuce with a ton of fried onions. The cheese they use is a classic processed American, it serves a purpose for a burger like this and adds to the guilt factor. They sure did load this bad boy up with toppings which made it extremely messy to eat, this was a 5 napkin burger. The meat was browned nicely but was slightly on the dry side, the bacon was cooked nice and crisp which added a nice texture to the burger with the lettuce-it did kind of act like a “meat lettuce”. I found my fries to be not so hot and on the soggy side with a lot of them broken in the cup.
Overall I found Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries solid for a classic cheese burger and I’m a lot more happy with my meal compared to a couple other fast food burger places that opened here in the last 6 months. Price wise it’s comparable with Vera’s with my Little Bacon Cheese Burger coming in at $6 and change, the little size fries were $2.99 and the drink was like $2.39. I would come back if I was in the area and needed a classic “dirty burger” fix, if you’re looking for taste of what could be the national dish of the United States of America Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries is sure to fulfill that need-recommended 100% over Carl’s Jr.