A lot of my friends who visit the mainland post pictures of the good from Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Their pictures are always mouth-watering (have you ever seen a picture of a burger that didn't look tasty?), and I have always asked myself: "what distinguishes these guys from the rest, and are they better than In-N-Out"?
I visited Five Guys on West 55th Street in NYC to find out the answers to my questions. Here's what I discovered.
First of all, at Five Guys, all of their toppings are free. That's a plus, because most places charge for extra for the toppings, which can quickly drive up the cost of your burger.
Since it was 10pm, I opted for the Little Hamburger ($5.09). It doesn't look so little does it? This little guy has 480 calories, and the grilled onions and mushrooms probably added another 150 calories. For a person of my height and weight, this little guy should have served as my entire meal. But we're not done yet. Gotta try the fries!
Here is a snapshot of the fries up close. As you can see, they are skin-on fries - yum.
Here's why the fries taste so good - they are Idaho potatoes. There was a pallet-full of these bags stacked at the entrance, so that you know that their fries are made from a bag of fresh Idaho potatoes, not from a bag of frozen Ore-Ida fries.
- There are over 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys.
- We use only fresh ground beef.
- There are no freezers in Five Guys locations, just coolers. Nothing is ever frozen.
- We use only Peanut oil.
- Our menu is trans-fat free.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
43 West 55th Street
Over 1,000 locations across 47 states (unfortunately Hawaii is not one of the 47 states)