I remember the first time I heard of Five Guys Burgers and Fries. I went to visit some friends in Louisville and my friend Kyle suggested that we all consider going there for dinner. He heard through the grapevine of his associates that it was a good place to eat. When I asked him what they served, he replied “just burgers and fries” and gave me their website URL. After looking around at the website, I realized he was right. It was just burgers and fries and the closest one was a 45 minute drive to Indiana. I scoffed at the idea of driving that far just have “just burgers and fries”.
Don’t get me wrong, I like hamburgers but I couldn’t fathom that they were that delicious. After all Five Guys isn’t a table service restaurant, so the quality can’t be that good. In the end, since none of us actually had Five Guys before, we decided against it. I look back on it today and I realized that we should have made that trip. Five Guys is one of my favorite non-table serviced burger joints to date.
Founded in 1986 by the Murrell family in Arlington, VA, Five Guys Burgers and Fries is a “fast casual” franchised restaurant chain that features a simple menu consisting of burgers, hotdogs, fries, and veggie and grilled cheese sandwiches. With over 640+ locations across North America, this burger joint was voted having the “Best Burger” in the fast food category from the Zagat 2010 Fast Food Reader’s Survey.
So what makes Five Guys so special? While I can’t speak for the hot dogs and other sandwiches, I can speak for the burgers. I could mention that their burgers are made with fresh (not frozen) beef. In addition, all condiments & toppings are available at no charge and you can pile it as high (or low) as you want. I could also mention that burgers are made “to order”; meaning that your burger doesn’t even exist until the cashier punches it in and then yells out to the cook how many patties to throw on the grill. From that point, other staff members will assemble your burger according to your exact specifications.
The end result of your burger will be based on your own taste preferences. For example I’ve seen people order just a plain cheeseburger when they go to Five Guys. While I think that’s a waste, those people probably prefer their burgers that way. I on the other hand like lots of flavor and toppings on my burgers. Remember, the toppings are free, so feel free to pile it high as high as you want. My past visit on Wednesday consisted of a Bacon Cheeseburger (2 patties) with Mayo, Lettuce, Pickles, Tomatoes, Grilled Onions, Grilled Mushrooms, Ketchup, Mustard, Jalapeño Peppers, and Green Peppers. Sound awesome? It was!
At Five Guys, the only side you can get is an order of fries (plain or Cajun spiced) fried in peanut oil in either regular or large sizes. Keep in mind those sizes are not what one would normally be used to. Despite the size of the regular sized cup, Five Guys is quite generous with their portions and they simply just dump several scoopfuls of freshly made fries into your brown bag. You essentially get enough servings that can feed 2-3 people.
While the plain fries are just lightly salted, the Cajun fries are where the money is at. Sprinkled with some kind of seasoned salt, these Cajun fries are downright delicious. A dry erase board is displayed proudly in the restaurant with a handwritten scrawl stating where that day’s potatoes came from. Wednesday’s fries came from Royal City, Washington.
As for my burger, most civilized people would have eaten it with a fork and knife because of its height but then again… I wasn’t eating at some formal event. Unwrapping my burger from the aluminum foil, there it stood… tall and proud with a gooey ring of cheese adhered to the foil just waiting to be eaten. The American cheese was perfectly melted and the toppings were piled on high. Gripping the whole burger firmly, I took my first bite.
It was pure deliciousness. The multiple layers of meat, cheese, sauces, and various toppings made it very filling as well. Though the process of eating it wasn’t a pretty sight. It had so many toppings; they fell out every which way onto my aluminum foil. Of course I didn’t let any of it go to waste. I picked every last bit off the foil and even ate the cheese that was stuck to it.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries may just serve burgers and fries but they do it very well. Although there is a time and place to get fancy with burgers, Five Guys is not that time and place. There are no gimmicks to these burgers. No special seasoning, no special sauces or secret ingredients. Just fresh burgers made from scratch with a perfect complement of burger toppings made to your liking. The only downside to Five Guys is that it’s a little more expensive than your average fast food restaurant. Your bill for a burger, soft drink, and fries will run you about $10 with tax. Since it was my turn to pay for lunch, my bill came out to $20 for two people. If you can handle that kind of price point for lunch, you won’t be disappointed with your meal.
|Five Guys Burgers and Fries
536 North Thompson Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Bill Total: $20.25 for Two