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5 Guys - Sat, 05/21/11 10:34 AM
Tried 5 Guys for the 2nd time, still not impressed with the burgers, Indy has so many places with better burgers.  I like just about everything except  catsupon my sandwich but this 5 Guys  burger was really messy,but not in a good way.  Lots of lettuce, 1 small pink tomato, 2 pickles, small amount of sauteed onions.  But, I love the fries, will go back again for the fries.  If I want to do fast food, I will have a Wendy's  burger.

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Re:5 Guys - Sat, 05/21/11 3:02 PM
I guess your 5 guys experience,like so many franchises, depends on the one you go to. It's a build your own burger place, and I usually get almost all the choices....plenty of everything. Sure it's messy, but with what I get on it,a gourmet burger somewhere else would be about the same, unless maybe they used a Hard roll...I'd love that option at 5 guys. And yes, the fries are superb!!!

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Re:5 Guys - Sat, 05/21/11 5:36 PM
Cool, another Five Guys Burgers and Fries thread! 

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Re:5 Guys - Sat, 05/21/11 5:48 PM
Maybe you ought to head up to the Fishers or Noblesville locations. They do a great burger. Certainly better than a Wendy's. I've never had a bad, or even mediocre 5 Guys burger at either of those 2 locations. The crews are great and they're always packed.

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Re:5 Guys - Sat, 05/21/11 9:31 PM
The Five Guys in Evanston, IL makes some tasty burgers.

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Re:5 Guys - Sat, 05/21/11 9:34 PM
That is great b ut t his belongs  under fast food and chains   and  not  under Hamburgers!

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Re:5 Guys - Sun, 05/22/11 8:33 AM
Greymo


That is great b ut t his belongs  under fast food and chains   and  not  under Hamburgers!


Greymo, I was going to argue that it is a Roadfood chain because it has an officially sanctioned review here, but I can't find it.  Maybe it got pulled since they became a mega-franchise corporate chain?

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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/23/11 5:27 PM
What are you favorite burgers in Indy claracamille? I really haven't gone to too many places for burgers because I am usually in Indy for other things. I have tried Workingman's Friend and a few others. I would be interested in hearing your opinion.

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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/23/11 6:21 PM
Greymo is off base. 5 Guys happens to be a chain, but it is also about great burgers. Ruth's Chris is a chain, but it is also a great restuarant. I'm not interested in the Chains threads: 5G is not McD, Wendys, BK. Period. They serve excellent burgers, considering their niche. Been to may 5Gs and never been disappointed.   

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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/23/11 6:24 PM
Pardon me but I believe that any chain restaurants  are to be posted under chain restaurants.  I am not off-base!     
 
And in my opinion,  5 guys  no longer serve great hamburgers!                                                                                                                                                                             
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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/23/11 7:10 PM
SBXSTR


Greymo is off base. 5 Guys happens to be a chain, but it is also about great burgers. Ruth's Chris is a chain, but it is also a great restuarant. I'm not interested in the Chains threads: 5G is not McD, Wendys, BK. Period. They serve excellent burgers, considering their niche. Been to may 5Gs and never been disappointed.

And lots of people actually believe Pizza Hut makes grat tomato pies, but it is still a chain. Some people might actually believe Five Guys sells good hamburgers, but Five Guys is still a chain with franchisees. Flat out, a chain.


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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/23/11 8:03 PM
I agree that this should have been under the chain forum, but poor claracamille may never post again...whether or not they are great burgers is not the point, SBXSTR.It IS a chain. And we have forums for that. But I, too, sometimes ponder what forums to post things in. Thats why we are here-to gently remind each other.

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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/23/11 9:01 PM
MiamiDon


Greymo


That is great b ut t his belongs  under fast food and chains   and  not  under Hamburgers!


Greymo, I was going to argue that it is a Roadfood chain because it has an officially sanctioned review here, but I can't find it.  Maybe it got pulled since they became a mega-franchise corporate chain?

 
It was there a couple of years ago when I added it to my list of visited Roadfood places.


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Re:5 Guys - Sun, 05/29/11 7:50 AM
Root Beer Man,
I was at the Fishers location, been there twice.  I am not impressed with their burgers.  Also, very expensive for a fast food place.

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Re:5 Guys - Sun, 05/29/11 8:27 AM
badart


What are you favorite burgers in Indy claracamille? I really haven't gone to too many places for burgers because I am usually in Indy for other things. I have tried Workingman's Friend and a few others. I would be interested in hearing your opinion.


On the north side of Indy, my favorites are 96th St Steakburgers-fresh cut french fries, made from scratch milkshakes, great burgers.  The burgers are somewhat like Steak n Shake-thin crispy edges.  They make a mustard grilled bun-spead yellow mustard on the bun & then grill, really good.   Bub's Burgers in Carmel- again fresh cut french fries, right on the Monon Trail, a 15+ mile walking & biking trail that goes from Carmel IN down to 10th in Downtown Indy.  Great people watching.  The last place for good burgers is The Friendly in Zionsville, IN.  Great all around food.  The Friendly has a great St Patrick's Day Party, big tent, outstanding corned beef & cabbage.
Sorry I didn't post this on the chain forum, I had a senior moment!!

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Re:5 Guys - Sun, 05/29/11 9:36 AM
When I discovered their first store in 1986 Five Guys was definitely "roadfood":  as they were only a walk-up you had to eat in your car.  As they have (some would say) metastasized into a national "chain" interest in them among Roadfooders has led to many passionate threads where the lovers and haters fuss endlessly about them.  As this hoary topic has crept back into "Hamburgers", I thought that you all may find of interest a recent post I did on the occasion of In-N-Out's spectacularily successful debut in Texas:
 
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As promised, I finally waited the 45 minutes necessary to get my food mid-sfternoon last Saturday.  West has at last come to meat East!  Mrs. Metro and I happen to be lucky enough now to have two Five Guys and two In-N-Outs within 10 miles of our home in McKinney, TX, birthplace and burial ground of Haystacks Calhoun!  If only Haystacks could have lived to see this ... 
  
MiamiDon's Photo

  
                                                                                       VS.
  

 
Presentation:
After having discovered their first store - a now-closed walk-up with no seating in the Westmont Shopping Center in Arlington, VA, I have been a Five Guys customer since the Reagan Administration.  Their quality, reasonably-priced food then overcame my objections of blaring music, no seating, and sh*tty "presentation".  Since, the music has been toned down, they now provide seating, but their presentation is still sh*tty - especially as one can see above vis a vis In-N-Out .  When they were only a walk-up I could see putting everything in a poke as I had to take it to my car to eat.  Why they have not evolved beyond that is beyond me.  Mrs. Metro, who does not allow condiment bottles on our dinner table (ketchup, steak sauce, salsa, etc. are served in minature pitchers or small ramekins with tiny spoons) is absolutely horrified by the "pokes".
 
Another thing I hate about Five Guys presentation is that my burger looks like this on their prep table: 
  

 
And 20 seconds later when I take it out of the steaming poke 'o fries and unwrap the foil, it looks like this: 
   

 
This gives me PSTD-type flashbacks of trying to keep the grease away from my Charvet tie when eating such in my Euro-Coupe!  I am seriously tempted to take my own plate when I next go.  In-N-Out wins presentation hands down and six ways from Sunday!
 
The meat:
Both use excellent quality fresh, hand pattied beef.  As neither wants a salmonellosis scandal, both source their own beef and cook it "well done".  As Five Guys's patties are 65% larger than INO's (3.3 oz. vs. 2 oz.), Five Guys is the jucier, tastier finished product.
   
The bun:
In keeping with the tradition of their first store which was located next to their bun supplier, Brenner's Bakery, the Guys use a substantial sesame seeded bun while INO's is closer to a Wal-Mary "Great Value" bun.  That said, Five Guys bun had better be substantial in order to survive the abuse it undergoes with their above-mentioned (and illustrated) sh*tty presentation!
 
The toppings:
Both are fresh and top-notch, but the Guys have a far greater variety (A-1, sauteed shrooms, etc., etc.) which they apply at no extra charge.  (Nothing is "free", however, see pricing & value below).
 
The fries:
You tell me:  
                                      Five Guys (this photo illustrates less than half their "small" portion)                                                                               
 
                                                                              vs.

 
INO
 
Both cut their own fries fresh in-house, blanch them, then fry them to finish right before serving.  INO peels their potatos, the Guys do not and also cut a larger fry and serve a MUCH larger portion.  The Guys fry in peanut oil, INO uses vegetable oil.  The Guys' fries have a definite potato taste; INO's are kind of mealy.  The "fry contest" is in fact "no contest".  And the Guys even provide malt vinegar!                                                                               
 
Price, FYI:
INO Double Double w/cheese, L/T/P/Sauce (4 oz. beef): $3.75 (and looks very pretty when served!)
Five Guys "regular" w/cheese and "you name it toppings" (6.6 oz. beef): $5.69
Five Guys "small burger" w/cheese and "you name it toppings" (3.3 oz beef): $3.75
INO Fries Regular: $1.75
INO Fries "animal-style" - regular size w/ sauteed onions & burger sauce: $3.30 (served w/ fork, thank you)
Five Guys "Small": $2.79 (more than twice the serving as INO, and malt vinegar is available!)
 
Bottom Line:
Both places beat the living snot out of McWendyKing and are excellent exemplars of American Entrepreneurship.

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Re:5 Guys - Sun, 05/29/11 9:45 AM
Love your assessment, Jim. Bob loves 5 Guys.I havent had one yet.

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Re:5 Guys - Sun, 05/29/11 10:36 AM
Great analysis!! Fair and honest. I only ate at innout once on a California vacation. The place was packed, and it was far better than Mc Di's or Burger King or Wendy's...fresh and flavorful. We eat all the time at our 5 Guys. Love trhe toppings,and yes the fries are some of the best out there!! Malt vinegar IS a classy touch. Interesting,the price comparison...When comparing apples to apples,5 Guys is about the same!!!! Thanks for a great post!!!!

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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/30/11 7:41 AM
The fries in Jim's shot look great...neither of the Five Guys that opened in our area serve anything that vaguely resemble them. They do manage to consistently produce a burger that looks like what he got.

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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/30/11 9:53 AM
Amazing...Either we see what we want to see, or 5 Guys quality  DOES vary from franchise to franchise. Those fries look exactly like the delicious fries we go often to get. And while the steamed in the bag and wrapper" look isn't appealing to some...the taste is great, and the topping selections allow great flexibility at no extra cost(except for bacon).

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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/30/11 10:07 AM
cavandre


The fries in Jim's shot look great...neither of the Five Guys that opened in our area serve anything that vaguely resemble them. They do manage to consistently produce a burger that looks like what he got.


Write them and complain!  You ought not be deprived due to shoddy quality control by the franchisor!
 
They have expanded so quickly, such "oopsies" are inevitable but the franchisor has an extremely strong pecuniary interest in weeding out franchisees who do not "get with the program".

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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/30/11 10:13 AM
Yep!!!!! Hopefully some of them check in on this site!!!

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Re:5 Guys - Mon, 05/30/11 10:46 AM
love their fries, but went their yesterday and had a double bacon burger and not only was the burger dry like sawdust so was the bacon that seemed to be deepfried so long it shattered like a potato chip, im sure they would go good medium rare but they will only serve it smashed to death well done

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Re:5 Guys - Wed, 06/22/11 11:19 PM
I cant' stand their fries...both times i got them they were completely mushy and not cooked...I will give a thumbs up for their burgers though...

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Re:5 Guys - Thu, 06/23/11 1:10 AM
I had their hot dog for lunch today. I like their dogs. The split them and grill them on the flattop until they get crispy. I like the flavor of the dog but can't identify the brand. It looks like a 5 or 6/1. The bun was soft and nicely grilled. I had grilled onions, mushrooms and mustard on it.
The tab for 1 dog and a small drink, with tax, $6.20!!!! Good but a little pricey!!!
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Re:5 Guys - Thu, 06/23/11 9:46 AM
MiamiDon


Cool, another Five Guys Burgers and Fries thread! 



 
I actually laughed out loud.

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Re:5 Guys - Sat, 06/25/11 5:35 PM
I found them to be overprice, and overhype shoe leather. They should be put out of business for beef abuse. They squeeze all the juice out of the meat so that all of the grease can work its way in. The reason they have so many toppings is because the meat is burnt, flavorless, and not that good.

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Re:5 Guys - Sat, 06/25/11 5:56 PM
db1105


I found them to be overprice, and overhype shoe leather. They should be put out of business for beef abuse. They squeeze all the juice out of the meat so that all of the grease can work its way in. The reason they have so many toppings is because the meat is burnt, flavorless, and not that good.

Other than the above mentioned, how did you like the place?


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Re:5 Guys - Sun, 06/26/11 12:46 AM
chewingthefat

db1105

I found them to be overprice, and overhype shoe leather. They should be put out of business for beef abuse. They squeeze all the juice out of the meat so that all of the grease can work its way in. The reason they have so many toppings is because the meat is burnt, flavorless, and not that good.

Other than the above mentioned, how did you like the place?

Other than the above mentioned, how did you like the fries? AND the Peanuts?
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Re:5 Guys - Tue, 06/28/11 12:18 PM
chewingthefat


db1105


I found them to be overprice, and overhype shoe leather. They should be put out of business for beef abuse. They squeeze all the juice out of the meat so that all of the grease can work its way in. The reason they have so many toppings is because the meat is burnt, flavorless, and not that good.

Other than the above mentioned, how did you like the place?


Rants about Five Guys that revolve around them:
  • "abusing meat"
  • "smashing the meat"
  • "serving only well done"
  • "etc."
never fail to amuse. 
 
What would the "critics" rather they do in this litigious society?  Here is what happens when beef is not handled properly or cooked to an internal temp of < 160:  http://www.marlerclark.com/case_news/view/jack-in-the-box-e-coli-outbreak-western-states/ .
 
These "critics" evidently are far more comfortable when their irradiated, frozen patties of beef from God Knows Where are thawed, prepped, and "cooked" behind closed doors, then served "medium" with a smile. 
 
Say what you want about Five Guys; but at least they have the testicular fortitude to let their customers watch the entire process of their food going from raw to being served steaming in a poke.  WYSIWYG!

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Re:5 Guys - Tue, 06/28/11 3:47 PM
MetroplexJim


chewingthefat


db1105


I found them to be overprice, and overhype shoe leather. They should be put out of business for beef abuse. They squeeze all the juice out of the meat so that all of the grease can work its way in. The reason they have so many toppings is because the meat is burnt, flavorless, and not that good.

Other than the above mentioned, how did you like the place?


Rants about Five Guys that revolve around them:
  • "abusing meat"
  • "smashing the meat"
  • "serving only well done"
  • "etc."
never fail to amuse. 

What would the "critics" rather they do in this litigious society?  Here is what happens when beef is not handled properly or cooked to an internal temp of < 160:  http://www.marlerclark.com/case_news/view/jack-in-the-box-e-coli-outbreak-western-states/ .

These "critics" evidently are far more comfortable when their irradiated, frozen patties of beef from God Knows Where are thawed, prepped, and "cooked" behind closed doors, then served "medium" with a smile. 

Say what you want about Five Guys; but at least they have the testicular fortitude to let their customers watch the entire process of their food going from raw to being served steaming in a poke.  WYSIWYG!

Way to tell it,Jim...I agree....it seems some people just repeat the rants others make....misery loves company!!!

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Re:5 Guys - Tue, 06/28/11 8:39 PM
I am not ranting.  My  opinion is that I  would rather  have a  medium  rare  hamburger served to me  witout it  being over cooked.  I  just  care for the final result.  Also,  I  detest  the wastefulness of all those  french  fries  that they serve  just  so that they can  "hike"  the  price up  and  have people think that this justifies  what they charge. This is NOT a  rant.  This is  my opinion

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Re:5 Guys - Tue, 06/28/11 9:21 PM
I like your opinion.

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Re:5 Guys - Tue, 06/28/11 9:50 PM
So do I.

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Re:5 Guys - Wed, 06/29/11 1:46 AM
Anyone who goes into a 5 Guys or any other fast food burger joint should realize they're not going to get a custom cooked burger like they would get at a mom & pop or a "Boutique" Burger place or a speciality burger house. You can't compare apples & oranges, or burgers for that matter. You need to judge burgers and any other food in the category in which they compete with others of like type. Compare MD to BK to Wendy's & Jack in the Box----Compare 5 Guys to Red Robin, In-N-Out & Carl's Jr.
The humongous amount of fries at 5 Guys is their Signature Shtick. You know what it is. You know what to expect unless it's your first visit. If you don't like it or don't want it, don't buy it, but don't complain about it. Expect it.
Knowing who & what they are, I now buy a Single Burger or a Hot Dog & a Small Fries (If I want Fries) and I know what to expect both Price and Quality-wise---Just like I know what to expect at Mickey D's. It is what it is!
 
If you want something different, go someplace else.
 
Incidently, I think the 5 Guys Hot Dog is the best item on their menu, with grilled Mushrooms & Onions and a little mustard. I like the Peanuts too, just wished they served beer with them!
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Re:5 Guys - Wed, 06/29/11 9:08 AM
Foodbme


You can't compare apples & oranges, or burgers.  Compare MD to BK to Wendy's & Jack in the Box----Compare 5 Guys to Red Robin, In-N-Out & Carl's Jr.


A-men! 
 
When I want a quick, cheap snack (or a fairly clean restroom) nothing beats a "McDouble" for a buck. 
 
On the "other end" my wife and I are VERY happy that Twisted Root ( http://twistedrootburgerco.com/wordpress/ ), Village Burger Bar  ( http://www.villageburgerbar.com/ ), and Square Burger ( http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/restaurants/headlines/20100901-Restaurant-review-Square-Burger-5923.ece ) are all within five miles of our home; all are fantastic for a $25. sit-down burger dinner.
 
And, when I am in the mood for a custom-thawed, previously irradiated, burger patty prepared "my way",  then tucked inside a Wal-Mart Great Value bun and garnished with "SYSCO's finest", then served by a friendly waitress, I go to my local Waffle House.  This "treat", including tip, costs about the same as a burger and fries at the joint which is the subject of this thread, yet - quality aside - Waffle House "gives you" far less meat and far fewer potatos.  But, the local Waffle House has this cute little Latina waitress ...
 
BTW:  doesn't it occur to anyone that a frozen, irradiated burger patty has already been "pre-smashed" and "pre-abused" before hitting the grill?

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Re:5 Guys - Wed, 06/29/11 12:47 PM
MetroplexJim


Foodbme


You can't compare apples & oranges, or burgers.  Compare MD to BK to Wendy's & Jack in the Box----Compare 5 Guys to Red Robin, In-N-Out & Carl's Jr.


A-men! 

When I want a quick, cheap snack (or a fairly clean restroom) nothing beats a "McDouble" for a buck. 

On the "other end" my wife and I are VERY happy that Twisted Root ( http://twistedrootburgerco.com/wordpress/ ), Village Burger Bar  ( http://www.villageburgerbar.com/ ), and Square Burger ( http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/restaurants/headlines/20100901-Restaurant-review-Square-Burger-5923.ece ) are all within five miles of our home; all are fantastic for a $25. sit-down burger dinner.

And, when I am in the mood for a custom-thawed, previously irradiated, burger patty prepared "my way",  then tucked inside a Wal-Mart Great Value bun and garnished with "SYSCO's finest", then served by a friendly waitress, I go to my local Waffle House.  This "treat", including tip, costs about the same as a burger and fries at the joint which is the subject of this thread, yet - quality aside - Waffle House "gives you" far less meat and far fewer potatos.  But, the local Waffle House has this cute little Latina waitress ...

BTW:  doesn't it occur to anyone that a frozen, irradiated burger patty has already been "pre-smashed" and "pre-abused" before hitting the grill?


I agree totally with the last two posts...I guess food is in the mouth of the beholder.....5 Guys is great for what you get...and being a chain is not going to serve rare burgers.  I happen to like my burgers there and I love all the toppings...mine is stacked but I still taste the fresh meat...Who tastes meat in a cheap fast food burger? That being said, enjoy what you like and hate what you hate...opinion is just that opinion....I guess this place is made for expressing said OPINIONS.
     I listen to many talk about their favorite fast food pizza, and Pizza Hut sells millions...but to this Italian it isn't real quality "pizza"...but if you're happy eating their sugary fast food product , so be it, and we 5 Guys advocates will enjoy their "smashed and over cooked, dry" burgers....variety is the spice of life!!!!!!!

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Re:5 Guys - Wed, 06/29/11 1:37 PM
Just had lunch at the Rio Grande (NJ) 5 Guys.  Surprise, surprise,  I pulled the cup of fries out of the bag..........and that was all there was!  No pile of overflow at the bottom of the bag.  I don't know if that is a new policy or a new empoyee forgeting the extra fries.