Apr 18 2014

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

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Five Guys is a US burger restaurant (chain) that opened its first restaurant (if you can call it that) in London in Covent Garden last summer. Even Obama apparently loves Five Guys burgers, so if the burgers are good enough for a US president, I decided to make my way down to Covent Garden and try Five Guys. Five Guys opened its first store in 1986 (Five Guys is almost as old as me!) in Arlington, Washington. Then they rapidly expanded over the years and now there are over 1000 locations (they do franchise stores) in 47 states in the US, 6 Canadian provinces and now in UK (they have managed to open 7 stores in the UK since opening the first one last summer in Covent Garden).

When we arrived at Five Guys on a Saturday mid-day there was a bit of a queue outside (there always is a queue). When you enter the restaurant and wait to place your order you can have free peanuts in their shells, which is a brilliant idea for a snack, as it is tasty but also you can’t eat that much (so costs are not that high) as you have to remove each peanut from their shell. But a nice little gesture. The good thing about Five Guys is that you can customize your burger to perfection. The menu says you can either have a hamburger, cheeseburger, bacon burger or bacon cheeseburger (or smaller versions of all of these called “little” hamburger etc) and you can add a variety of toppings to these burgers starting with the classic like lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and grilled onions but also more exotic ones like jalapeno peppers, green peppers and steak sauce and the good thing is that all these toppings are free and you can have as many as you want. Apparently there are over 250,000 possible ways how to have your burger at Five Guys due to the variety of the toppings. You don’t have to have a burger here though (although not sure why you would not) and the menu also has hot dogs and sandwiches).

London has been through a burger craze over the last few years, with many different upscale burger restaurants opening up (like Patty & Bun, Honest Burgers, Tommi’s Burger Joint etc…) but Five Guys is different. They also say they use fresh ground beef and nothing is ever frozen, but the burger reminds me of an “upscale” Mc Donald’s burger as opposed to a burger you get in the other London burger restaurants where the meat is thick and high quality (sometimes even served rare). I did enjoy Five Guys very much but then again I also like Mc Donalds. Five Guys takes that sort of a Mc Donalds burger and makes it better – it uses better ingredients and you can taste it, but at the end of the day the patty is similar (although has nice sesame seeds), the meat is similar (thin and well cooked) and it has a similar taste (although better) and feel.

At Five Guys I ordered a “Little Bacon Cheeseburger” with lettuce, pickles and tomato toppings and my boyfriend ordered “Little Cheeseburger”, These burgers despite being called little were massive and I have no idea why anyone would go for a big burger as this filled me up completely. I personally very much enjoyed it, as did my boyfriend. We also ordered fries (little portion once again) to go with our burgers and they had a choice of spicy or salty fries and as we could not chose and each wanted a different type of fries we got both. I chose the spicy fries and enjoyed them much more, they were sort of similar to Nandos fries just thinner. My boyfriend preferred the salty fries though, the ones that he chose. 

If you like burgers this place is worth the visit, but don’t expect luxury meat or buns.

Date: 18/ 04/ 14
Price for 2 people, no alcohol: £24.20
Location: Covent Garden

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3.50

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries
1-3 Long Acre WC2E 9LH
London
United Kingdom
GB
Five Guys Burgers & Fries Reviewed by Hungry Bee Maija on . Rating: 3.5