Am I the last person to finally get a bite of a Five Guys' burger? I was waiting for the lines in NYC to die down before a visit to the hamburger mecca. So when we were in Alabama visiting my family, we trekked to Huntsville to visit friends. There was a Five Guys. But, oh no, we had to wait for the NYC one. Plus, we had other culinary adventures on our list like bbq, Chick-fil-A and Sonic (funny the things you miss!). I tell my friend Michelle how we're visiting Five Guys. "Oh, we have one in Atlanta," she replies. The walls of the restaurants (and cups) are plastered with accolades from publications in numerous cities like Philly and D.C.
We went on Sunday for lunch and the restaurant was practically empty when we entered. First of all, the burger goes down as probably one of the messiest I've eaten as I have five dirty napkins to show for it. I got "the regular" cheeseburger which has sauteed mushrooms and onions, along with tomatoes, lettuce and pickles. I added jalapenos. Big mistake. Those babies were thick and beyond hot. I can handle a jalapeno but this was too much to compete with my regular sized soda (This was before I realized refills are free.). The burger was good.. Okay, very good. I especially liked the way the cheese is smothered between two beef patties. And the sauteed onions are a nice touch. Plus, the Cajun fries rocked. Crispy on the edges, nice and soft in the middle with an excellent Cajun spice.
But in the end, I think Five Guys is just the East Coast's answer to In & Out Burger (with superior fries!). It's a good fast food burger, when you're craving it. And it's massive. I think I like it's smaller, fattier and more flavorful counterpart at Shake Shack. But I could be tempted into smuggling those fries in to eat with my Shake Shack burger (or at least on the way to Shake Shack).