Broke my 5Guys cherry today! Dragged my mom up to Kingston to finally see if all the hype is just, well, hype! Have to say, walking in the door, I knew that it is ALL true - if not better! To be hit with the smell of good ground beef being properly cooked on a griddle, instantly comfirmed everything. Not to mention the stacks and stacks of real Idaho spuds all over the place, waiting to be sliced and fried.
Got a 'regular' cheeseburger with grilled onions. All I can say is: MMMMMMMMMMMM.... The onions were nicely diced into small bits, and properly caramelized. The cheese properly melted. AND a perfectly cooked, juicy burger that melts in your mouth - what more one want out of life? This: incredible, properly hand cut fries!
When one is talking about chains or whatever kind, one usually has to say, "Well, for a chain, there aren't bad", or "Not bad for a chain", etc, etc..Well.....5Guys fries just might be some OF THE BEST DAMN FRIES ANYWHERE. I would be very hard pressed to think how fries could be better - nicely hand cut, fried to perfection - the little ends JUST crunchy enough, and the regular cuts molten inside. As all have said, a 'regular' order is enough for two, and yes, you do eat every last one up!
While I was waiting for my order - yes another great thing about 5G - everything is cooked to order, happened to start chatting to the manager and his (I guess) co-manager. Both were very impressed we drove an hour to their place. Both confirmed they were actively looking for Orange Co locations, and even asked if I knew of suitable places in Middletown! I also happened to mention RF, and then started talking about their hot dogs...which led to talking about the legendary NJ Hot Dog Tour - the co-manager being from NJ, we started swapping all the places we both knew. WELL - would u believe they actually comped me one of their bacon cheese dogs? Pretty good too - a HN kosher dog, sliced and cooked flat - and laid on top of the bacon and cheese - and yes, cooked fresh!
All in all, 5Guys belies the maxim that all chains are evil - when done right, some of them canbe VERY excellent!
does that look like any chain burger you have ever seen?
and oh yes, we had got there fairly early - 1145 or so - by the time we left they had a line out the door...and the lot of the BK across the road was 3/4 empty!
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