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(LA Times)   Five Guys is the top burger chain in America, while McDonald's and Dairy Queen are the top of the bottom   (latimes.com) divider line 182
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2012-09-19 09:04:49 PM
Five Guys FTW.

I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?
 
2012-09-19 09:05:12 PM
Based on what?

McDonalds and Burger King and Wendy's are international.

I don't know if five guys is even national yet. How many franchises do they even have?
 
2012-09-19 09:06:42 PM

elchip: Five Guys The Habit FTW


FTFY
 
2012-09-19 09:09:48 PM
Ah, it's food hipster time again I guess.

Five Guys is great, but it could easily be better if they knocked off the foil for the burgers.
 
2012-09-19 09:12:55 PM

elchip: I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes.


Same experience here, tried it when I moved to CA. Incredibly average, IMO no better than McD's, BK, etc. AND NO BACON WTF

My new favorite though (at least close to me) is The Counter.
 
2012-09-19 09:15:30 PM
In before NO ITS NOT SUBBY /w pic of In N Out !1!!!!
 
2012-09-19 09:15:46 PM

vossiewulf: The Counter


ooooh. they look good. ty
 
2012-09-19 09:23:22 PM
Five Guys needs to lose the hotdogs (who orders those?) and add some milk shakes.
 
2012-09-19 09:26:13 PM
Having grown up on Swenson's burgers, In N Out is incredibly disappointing.
 
2012-09-19 09:26:36 PM
I actually had a DQ burger the other day. It was better than I expected. Not great, and not as good as 5 Guys, but it wasn't horrible for a quick eat.
 
2012-09-19 09:29:43 PM
They should specify CHAIN burger places

/the best ones are always local
//Ford's Real FTW in Sacramento
 
2012-09-19 09:30:05 PM
I've heard good things about Smashburger, but never been to one.

If you are in Vegas... I (Heart) Burgers is very good.

Otherwise ....... 5Guys >(Barely) Culvers > Steak N Shake > Hardee's (Now) > Wendys > BK > McD > Rotten Meat > Hardee's (20 years ago)
 
2012-09-19 09:34:33 PM

Uakronkid: Having grown up on Swenson's burgers, In N Out is incredibly disappointing.


Galley Boy FTW!!!!!
 
2012-09-19 09:38:16 PM
They only have like 2 franchieses.
 
2012-09-19 09:38:49 PM

TheDumbBlonde: Five Guys needs to lose the hotdogs (who orders those?) and add some milk shakes.


images.wikia.com
 
2012-09-19 09:42:36 PM

BalugaJoe: They only have like 2 franchieses.


Not sure if serious

FORBES: Five Guys, with a mix of company-owned (200) and franchised (839) stores, has sold out all of its franchise rights in North America.
 
2012-09-19 09:43:20 PM

alienated: elchip: Five Guys The Habit FTW

FTFY


You are correct sir.

Although, I rank them
1) In and Out
2) Hamburger Habit
3) 5 Guys
4) Fat Burger

Any one of those is a good meal. You aren't marrying the damn burgers, you're eating them for lunch. It's ok to like more than one burger chain.
 
2012-09-19 09:44:36 PM

silo123j: Having grown up on Swenson's burgers, In N Out is incredibly disappointing.

Galley Boy FTW!!!!!


My ex is from Akron. The best things that came out of the relationship were my kids and my addiction to Swenson's!
 
2012-09-19 09:44:56 PM
I'm not impressed by Five Guys. I think their burgers are too dry.

And In-and-Out sucks balls.

The Counter gets points for their huge menu of options, but after the grueling ordering experience, and the long wait, the burger usually isn't worth the effort.

Fatburger is where it's at. Wendy's will do in a pinch.
 
2012-09-19 09:45:13 PM

vossiewulf: My new favorite though (at least close to me) is The Counter.


The Counter is great, but they aren't fast food burgers.
 
2012-09-19 09:46:25 PM
i29.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-19 09:47:02 PM

Anderson's Pooper: silo123j: Having grown up on Swenson's burgers, In N Out is incredibly disappointing.

Galley Boy FTW!!!!!

My ex is from Akron. The best things that came out of the relationship were my kids and my addiction to Swenson's!


Silly Nato... LOL
 
2012-09-19 09:48:30 PM

Krieghund: 2) Hamburger Habit


No, I meant the


Habit
 
2012-09-19 09:48:50 PM

Anderson's Pooper: silo123j: Having grown up on Swenson's burgers, In N Out is incredibly disappointing.

Galley Boy FTW!!!!!

My ex is from Akron. The best things that came out of the relationship were my kids and my addiction to Swenson's!


You have been farkied in purple, because there isn't a choice of brown and gold.
 
2012-09-19 09:49:39 PM

elchip: Five Guys FTW.

I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?


it's better than jerking over a pizza
 
2012-09-19 09:50:59 PM
Ummmm, Five Guys.

Greasy repulsive french fries and an over-priced average-quality burger.

Ummmmm
 
2012-09-19 09:51:06 PM
The best burgers tend to come from places that do a lot of dairy. Places like Brams or the old Dairy Queen or Borden (are they even around anymore?). The reason is that milk cows have to have a calf every two years to keep making milk and dairy farmers have no use for the males so they become hamburgers.

If you want to make a lot of money, find a 3rd rate fast food franchise and set it up in Australia. McD makes more profit here than in the US and has nearly no competition. Someone is going to make a fortune selling tacos here in the next few decades since Taco Bell had a trademark issue.
 
2012-09-19 09:52:13 PM
Dry patties, damp buns, and limp non crispy fries? No thanks.

I'd take any of Culver's, Steak and Shake, Hardee's, and Smashburger over five guys anytime. Don't get me started praising BRGR, Blanc, or Fred P. Ott's.
 
M-G
2012-09-19 09:52:21 PM

elchip: I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?


To me, Five Guys burgers are like a tasteless version of Steak n Shake, at a huge price.
 
2012-09-19 09:52:45 PM
Smashburger > Five Guys.

But Five Guys is still really good.. But SB has more stuff on the menu, including fried egg. Also their bun is AMAZING.

DQ is god-awful. Do they still charge for lettuce?
 
2012-09-19 09:54:41 PM
I've tried Five Guys and it was an overwhelming meh for me.

I prefer Mighty Fine Burgers.

And they have hand dipped Blue-Bell milkshakes too
 
2012-09-19 09:58:07 PM

alienated: Krieghund: 2) Hamburger Habit

No, I meant the Habit


You're not going to believe me, but that's what I meant too.

I didn't realize they were two different chains.
 
2012-09-19 09:59:35 PM

M-G: To me, Five Guys burgers are like a tasteless version of Steak n Shake, at a huge price.


Not surprising, considering how much water they pump into their meat to inflate the weight. It all cooks off as soon as they throw it on the grill.
There really is nothing stopping you from making burgers exactly like Five Guys does with anything besides a skillet. There is no special flavoring or anything added beforehand. It's simple 85/15 ground beef, although the extra water makes it squishier than the stuff you normally get at the supermarket.

/former grillmaster of Five Guys
//loves me some Steak n Shake
 
2012-09-19 10:00:23 PM

silo123j: You have been farkied in purple, because there isn't a choice of brown and gold.


And you are orange because, why not.
 
2012-09-19 10:02:16 PM
Carl's Jr. ranks higher than Hardee's? Aren't they the same thing?
 
2012-09-19 10:02:26 PM
5 guys is great. Not sure how they are in the same category as McDs, BK, or Wendys or the major chains. We have some here in FL but obviously not as prevalent as those above. At any rate it is a good burger, they make them fresh, you can order them custom at the counter and the toppings are free including bacon....mmmm bacon.

/fries are kinda meh
 
2012-09-19 10:05:19 PM
I prefer Twisted Root
 
2012-09-19 10:07:13 PM

vossiewulf: My new favorite though (at least close to me) is The Counter.


Can't stand the counter. The burgers are pressed so tightly together before they are cooked, as if they are cardboard.
 
2012-09-19 10:07:25 PM

M-G: elchip: I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?

To me, Five Guys burgers are like a tasteless version of Steak n Shake, at a huge price.


a huge price? the double burger and fries with whatever you want on it is like $6, the toppings are pretty extensive
 
2012-09-19 10:09:44 PM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: I prefer Twisted Root


I love that Dallas is the epicenter of burgers - In-N-Out vs. Five Guys vs. Smashburger vs. Whataburger

/Yes, Twisted is awesome
//Don't forget Keller's
 
2012-09-19 10:10:27 PM

elchip: Five Guys FTW.

I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?


FTFA and my experience, In n Out is tops in value. Five Guys is a better burger and the fries are WAY better. But at a much higher cost. Me I would rather do Five Guys but we only have In n Out here.
 
2012-09-19 10:12:03 PM
Five guys is ok, they need to learn how to cook Jalapeños, and to add Pico De Gallo
 
2012-09-19 10:12:05 PM
I'm surprised Burger King isn't at rock bottom. Have you ever been in one lately? It's a time-warp to 1991, the burgers are put together by slobs and then gratuitously smashed flat, and the flavor is gone.
 
2012-09-19 10:14:07 PM

loonatic112358: Five guys is ok, they need to learn how to cook Jalapeños, and to add Pico De Gallo


Im a huge five guys fan, but I'm with you. Learn to cook a mother farking jalapeño
 
2012-09-19 10:14:22 PM

Igor Jakovsky: M-G: elchip: I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?

To me, Five Guys burgers are like a tasteless version of Steak n Shake, at a huge price.

a huge price? the double burger and fries with whatever you want on it is like $6, the toppings are pretty extensive


i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-19 10:15:14 PM

emersonbiggins: I love that Dallas is the epicenter of burgers - In-N-Out vs. Five Guys vs. Smashburger vs. Whataburger


I guess eventually In & Out will move down 45

I like smashburgers veggie appetizer
 
2012-09-19 10:19:31 PM
Krieghund
I do believe you as i had to google for them and saw another place called hh.
No worries
 
2012-09-19 10:22:31 PM

loonatic112358: emersonbiggins: I love that Dallas is the epicenter of burgers - In-N-Out vs. Five Guys vs. Smashburger vs. Whataburger

I guess eventually In & Out will move down 45


There's one opening over in Round Rock next year, so it looks like they're finally entering other Texas markets. We had to wait forever for Ikea and Trader Joe's, so it only seems fair to make Houston wait for something ;)
 
2012-09-19 10:23:09 PM
This poll fails without Runza.
spacebison.com
 
2012-09-19 10:28:06 PM

sage37: Igor Jakovsky: M-G: elchip: I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?

To me, Five Guys burgers are like a tasteless version of Steak n Shake, at a huge price.

a huge price? the double burger and fries with whatever you want on it is like $6, the toppings are pretty extensive

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i dont remember the fries being almost $3 they may have raised that price, but then again we may have split the fries.

/I dont recall spending $8+ in there
 
2012-09-19 10:30:56 PM

dletter: I've heard good things about Smashburger, but never been to one.

If you are in Vegas... I (Heart) Burgers is very good.

Otherwise ....... 5Guys >(Barely) Culvers > Steak N Shake > Hardee's (Now) > Wendys > BK > McD > Rotten Meat > Hardee's (20 years ago)


boozerman: Dry patties, damp buns, and limp non crispy fries? No thanks.

I'd take any of Culver's, Steak and Shake, Hardee's, and Smashburger over five guys anytime. Don't get me started praising BRGR, Blanc, or Fred P. Ott's.


SN1987a goes boom: Carl's Jr. ranks higher than Hardee's? Aren't they the same thing?


Hardee′s 20 years ago may not have had good burgers according to dletter, but they had what was easily ― easilyfar and away! ― the very best fried chicken I′ve ever had.

Note that I didn′t specify the best fast-food fried chicken.

The. Best. Fried. Chicken. Period.

Not just better than KFC or Popeyes or even Bojangles, let alone Church′s. Better than any sit-down restaurant, however expensive. Better than my fondest (and likely exaggerated) childhood memories of my mama′s or grandma′s home cooking. Better than any home cooking I′ve ever tried even from people who were supposed to be expert chefs specializing in fried chicken.

The only place I could imagine having better fried chicken would be Roy Rogers, from whom Hardee′s of the time licensed the recipe (each chain only existed in different regions of the nation, so they weren′t competing against each other).

Unfortunately, neither they nor Roy Rogers sells it anymore. I dunno if Roy Rogers is still around and still selling chicken made from that awesome recipe.

How good was it? The seasonings in the skin were awesome. Not super-spicy like Popeyes, nor super-herbal like KFC. Just really, really good and flavorful, while still tasting like fried chicken should instead of some Cajun or Italian dish. It was breaded, not greasy-battered like Church's or Popeyes or KFC Extra Crispy.

But, you could take the skin off, and it was still among the most flavorful, succulent fried chicken ever! Like Church′s claims to do, Hardee's (neé Roy Rogers) was truly, deeply marinated in some blend that tasted absolutely wonderful, even without the skin!

Moreover, it was always very, very juicy. Even the white meat. Even the breasts. Sticking a fork into a Hardee′s (and presumably Roy Rogers) fried chicken breast was liable to douse you in a small geyser of juice like sticking a spoon into a fresh, very juicy grapefruit.


vossiewulf: elchip: I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes.

Same experience here, tried it when I moved to CA. Incredibly average, IMO no better than McD's, BK, etc. AND NO BACON WTF

My new favorite though (at least close to me) is The Counter.


alienated: vossiewulf: The Counter

ooooh. they look good. ty


pudding7: The Counter gets points for their huge menu of options, but after the grueling ordering experience, and the long wait, the burger usually isn't worth the effort.


Krieghund: The Counter is great, but they aren't fast food burgers.


kimwim: Can't stand the counter. The burgers are pressed so tightly together before they are cooked, as if they are cardboard.


A place that has variety about on an equal level to The Counter is Cheeburger Cheeburger (yes, the name is repeated). (They don′t sell hamburgers, but they will sell you a cheeseburger but hold the cheese.)
 
2012-09-19 10:32:27 PM
Also, where Im at in South FL, Whataburger only made it to north FL and In and Out never made it here either. Id like to try an In and Out burger one day as they seem to get great reviews.
 
2012-09-19 10:34:09 PM
For me, Steak n Shake beats 5 Guys because of their milkshakes and fries. What 5 Guys lacks in fry quality they make up for in quantity. Seriously, one order of fries will feed 3 people.

No In-and-Out around here to compare with so it's S&S > 5 Guys > Culver's >> (Wendys|McD's|Hardees).

In downtown LexKy, there's a sports bar named Sawyer's that used to have, hands down, the best burgers in town. But they stopped butter-toasting their buns and they went from awesome to merely good.
 
2012-09-19 10:40:46 PM
DQ sells things other than Blizzards? I had no idea!
 
2012-09-19 10:43:21 PM
Five Guys is good. But not $10 for a burger and fries good.

/Culvers has the same quality and will run you $2 less
 
2012-09-19 10:45:58 PM

SpaceBison: This poll fails without Runza.
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Their burgers are delicious. And crinkle cut fries. Though I do enjoy Don & Millie's. I'm going to hit one of them up when I'm at the Omaha Fark Party.
 
2012-09-19 10:48:32 PM
Five Guys is overpriced overhyped junk. I actually prefer the McDonalds Angus burger.
 
2012-09-19 10:54:11 PM
Vote? Seems the real votes could be measured by sales..
 
2012-09-19 10:56:56 PM
five guys is all hype. overpriced hype.
 
2012-09-19 11:07:33 PM
In N Out.

Five Guys is too damn expensive.
 
2012-09-19 11:07:48 PM
I ordered from Five Guys once because my fiancee heard it was good. We went in and after I ordered I said this better be farking good. My impression of the burger was "Really? I paid that farking much for a burger that tastes like a normal burger on my own grill..." Fiancee's dad was pissed off for spending that much too.

/I'd pick Red Robin or Fuddruckers if I feel like spending money on a somewhat overpriced burger
//There is one place in the Kansas City area the I loved but I can't think of the name anymore.
 
zez
2012-09-19 11:12:29 PM
We have a smashburger here which I like. There is also a cheeseburrger cheeseburger not too far away that has flavorless burgers, the 5 guys around here seem like a waste of money, Culvers is alright, the real A&W closed down a few years ago and the new one combined with a fish place isn't the same.
 
2012-09-19 11:12:39 PM
I just don't understand the people putting Culver's ahead of Five Guys. The burgers are of completely different quality.

Culver's sells other things though - especially their massive ice cream frozen custard lineup. However, their fries are straight Sysco fries and no different than the 10,000 other local mom&pop restaurant fries. Culver's patties are shipped frozen and a relatively flat, compressed, and flavorless.

Five Guys doesn't do all of the other restaurant things. It is by far the closest burger experience to buying your own high quality products and making the exact burger you want on the grill. Eddie Murphy would call them Mamma Burgers. Their fries are simply outstanding with excellent potato flavor and less salt than the competition.

Five Guys just isn't a direct competitor with Hardees, McDonalds, BK, Wendys, Culver, DQ, Smashburger, or IN n Out. They compete against local burger joints who also don't use prepackaged everything.
 
zez
2012-09-19 11:13:53 PM
In & Out was ok, but I really liked whataburger when I was in San Antonio, or maybe I was just hungry after the long drive to the beach.
 
2012-09-19 11:17:34 PM

Tenatra: //There is one place in the Kansas City area the I loved but I can't think of the name anymore.


54th Street Grill and Bar, loved their burgers :)
 
2012-09-19 11:19:08 PM

loonatic112358: emersonbiggins: I love that Dallas is the epicenter of burgers - In-N-Out vs. Five Guys vs. Smashburger vs. Whataburger

I guess eventually In & Out will move down 45

I like smashburgers veggie appetizer


So do I. I also like to order the chicken at steak houses and burgers at seafood joints. And I'm not interested in any burger place that doesn't offer endives and fresh shallots sprinkled with extra-virgin olive oil. I mean, COME ON!
 
2012-09-19 11:21:15 PM

TV's Vinnie: I'm surprised Burger King isn't at rock bottom. Have you ever been in one lately? It's a time-warp to 1991, the burgers are put together by slobs and then gratuitously smashed flat, and the flavor is gone.


And which french chef puts together your fast food burgers?

From Personal experience, I shall rank some fast food

Tired of eating shiatty beef patties tier:
Arby's

It actually tastes like meat tier:
Culvers
Hardees/Carl Jr
Dairy Queen

I want something that won't make me regret it in 2 hours tier:
Burger King
A&W
Sonic

I will die soon tier:
McDonalds
Taco Johns (I never thought there could be something worse than TBell. It's worth mentioning)
 
2012-09-19 11:22:44 PM
I don't understand how a burger chain like 5 Guys doesn't offer chili as a topping.

Keeps me up at night.
 
2012-09-19 11:27:42 PM
Chain - Fatburgers....I've only eaten on the one on Venice Blvd, but it was good.

Best burger joint - Chester's in San Antonio.
 
2012-09-19 11:27:57 PM

madgonad: Five Guys doesn't do all of the other restaurant things. It is by far the closest burger experience to buying your own high quality products and making the exact burger you want on the grill.


normal burgers at higher than gourmet burger prices, I don't see the appeal.
 
2012-09-19 11:33:19 PM
I don't know why I'd go to 5 guys when I can go to the bar across the street and get a really good burger for the same price. Fark 'em. For fast food burgers, I usually go with Wendy's. I like Wendy's and Culver's because Wendy Thomas (like her Grandpa) and Craig Culver both look like they eat their own food. Frequently.
 
2012-09-19 11:37:12 PM
farm3.static.flickr.com

You people just don't know.
 
2012-09-19 11:38:41 PM
Different people prefer different things. Personally for me for fast food burgers I like In and Out for the burgers but their fries suck although animal style makes them a lot better. I don't like 5 guys burgers though, their cajun fries are decent when cooked right. However, I just don't get the hype, but to each their own. Carl's Jr. isn't bad.

If I had to go for one of the big 3 (McD's, BK, or Wendy's), I would go with Wendy's.

I don't think anyone is deluded to think any of these are high quality burger places though.
 
2012-09-19 11:39:28 PM
I just moved to Boston last month. I miss Five Guys... :-(

Five guys was my last meal in Baltimore before leaving.
 
2012-09-19 11:40:55 PM
There is a Five Guys in the shopping center near me and whenever I see it and get a craving for a burger I think to myself, "hey, there is a Steak and Shake across the street where I can get a double cheeseburger and fries for 4 dollars through the drive through", and then I go to Steak and Shake and enjoy my cheap meal.

/Steak and Shake milkshake profit margin has to be 95%
//UDF is on the way home from Steak and Shake, way better shakes for way less.
 
2012-09-19 11:56:10 PM
Five Guys is an over priced over hyped burger. I think the reason why so many people are nut hanging on them is because of all the hype they get. When a person finally gets one they trick themselves into thinking it is the best burger they ever had so that they won't be the only ones saying that it wasn't worth it.
Peer pressure, the oldest and cheapest marketing gimmick there is.
 
2012-09-20 12:08:36 AM
Burgerville
 
2012-09-20 12:13:13 AM
Anyone ever eaten the burgers at a chain called Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers (http://www.freddysusa.com/)? There's something.....peculiar about the patties. As if they were actually splats of "pink slime" that are squirted onto a grill by way a pink slime filled caulking gun. The edges of the patties are a dead giveaway that there's something......not quite meat about them.

aht.seriouseats.com
 
2012-09-20 12:24:02 AM
Five Guys is greasy shiatballs I don't understand why people like it. Kuma's Corner FTW.
 
2012-09-20 12:29:20 AM
There's lots of places to get better burgers. Five Guys isn't a very good value as compared to many great local joints. They really need a better quality bun too. But if that's all you got then eat away.
 
2012-09-20 12:31:45 AM

elchip: Five Guys FTW.

I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?


I'll take In & Out Burger over Five Guys any day. Five Guys burgers are soggy and their fries even worse.

/this thread turning oddly homoerotic
 
2012-09-20 12:33:31 AM
As a stockholder in McDonalds I'm getting a kick.
 
2012-09-20 12:36:59 AM

ongbok: Five Guys is an over priced over hyped burger. I think the reason why so many people are nut hanging on them is because of all the hype they get. When a person finally gets one they trick themselves into thinking it is the best burger they ever had so that they won't be the only ones saying that it wasn't worth it.
Peer pressure, the oldest and cheapest marketing gimmick there is.


Sorry. I think it's real. Here in SF we only have In n Out. While travelling over the years I tried Sonic and Whataburger and Five Guys. Five Guys best of the 4 by a long shot.
 
2012-09-20 12:49:51 AM

Harry_Seldon: Burgerville


THIS, but the closest one is in the Dalles...and Rosemary Fries aren't on the menu right now.
 
2012-09-20 01:07:38 AM
 
2012-09-20 01:24:57 AM
They normalized things by the number of restaurants, which pretty much makes the entire rankings invalid (Consumer knowledge of a chain has diminishing returns with the number of restaurants, so this creates a massive bias towards smaller chains).
 
2012-09-20 01:42:11 AM

Tenatra:
//There is one place in the Kansas City area the I loved but I can't think of the name anymore.


My guess is Winstead's or Westport Flea Market.
 
2012-09-20 01:45:33 AM

Tenatra: madgonad: Five Guys doesn't do all of the other restaurant things. It is by far the closest burger experience to buying your own high quality products and making the exact burger you want on the grill.

normal burgers at higher than gourmet burger prices, I don't see the appeal.


Not having to get fresh ground beef from the case, grilling my own onions and mushrooms, and trying to find a decent tomato is well worth paying for. Oh, and the fries. I can't make fries that good at home. Every other restaurant on that list is an inferior burger to what I can make myself. Five Guys is just as good. Also, it actually isn't that much more expensive than homemade. Compare that to any other decent restaurant fare - the markup for dining-in is considerable.

For example:
Two 1/4 lb patties - $2
good Tomato - $0.50
Cheese slices - $0.50
mushrooms and onion (grilled) - $1
bun - $0.50

So that sandwich would cost $4 at home and $6 out. Not a bad markup, especially when you consider energy, labor, facility, and profit margin. I am known to get Five Guys to go. Their soda prices are sky high and they don't have kid sizes - although my five and seven year old's split a sandwich.between them and share a large fries with my wife and I.
 
2012-09-20 01:51:34 AM

TV's Vinnie: Anyone ever eaten the burgers at a chain called Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers (http://www.freddysusa.com/)? There's something.....peculiar about the patties. As if they were actually splats of "pink slime" that are squirted onto a grill by way a pink slime filled caulking gun. The edges of the patties are a dead giveaway that there's something......not quite meat about them.

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Actually, their burgers are 'pressed' on the grill. That makes the patties thin with crispy, tapered edges.

That is actually the other way of making burgers. The first involves 80% lean beef and no squeezing. The hamburger is very juicy and soft. Five Guys does this. The other way involves starting with 95% lean ground chuck/steak and pressing it on the grill. It makes a dense, lean, and thin patty that is almost steak-like. I actually like both types, but never personally cook the lean/thin variety. SteakNShake, Freddy's, and a local favorite Winsteads does those pretty well.
 
2012-09-20 02:00:13 AM
National chain? A&W's Papa Burger.
 
2012-09-20 02:18:08 AM

man metaphysical: five guys is all hype. overpriced hype.


I like In-N-Out cause it's cheap. I just don't get spending restaurant prices for Five Guys/In-N-Out.
 
2012-09-20 02:26:01 AM
Their fries suck and they refuse to fry them longer. A good burger but not good enough to justify the price and bad fries.
 
2012-09-20 02:34:50 AM
i90.photobucket.com

In my youth ate 4 triple chili cheeses in a sitting on a dare.

The next morning I had another sitting, of sorts. But those are damn good burgers. Only 30 locations.
 
2012-09-20 02:52:29 AM

madgonad: Actually, their burgers are 'pressed' on the grill. That makes the patties thin with crispy, tapered edges.


To me, they seem to be made up of tiny little pellets of hamburger, bound together by some sort of........glue like substance. It's when mashed in the press that the "glue" seems to be cooked on the edges as it's squished out of the meat slush.
 
2012-09-20 02:58:01 AM
I prefer a Bleu Ribbon burger at Red Robin... (had one today)
Or a Bacon 'n Cheese Double Steakburger at Steak & Shake.

Jeebus... now I'm hungry again...
 
2012-09-20 03:19:56 AM
goddam

make it up at home
best buns, best meats, best toppings

at a quarter the price,

why even go out?

five guys is good, but it's not rocket science good.
 
2012-09-20 03:29:15 AM
The first (and last) time I went to Five Guys, I ended up throwing away everything but the beverage. The bun was soaked through with juices from a small, squishy patty, and the fries were limp and literally dripping grease. I have never been so mad about being charged $10 for a meal.

I would have gone back and demanded a refund, but I was on my way to work and didn't have time. I complained to their online feedback form that evening, for whatever that's worth.

I just wish I had taken photos of the meal they gave me. It looked like someone's idea of a hilarious prank.

/late, as usual
//cool rant, bro
 
2012-09-20 03:45:53 AM

TheDumbBlonde: Five Guys needs to lose the hotdogs (who orders those?) and add some milk shakes.


My 3 year old nephew got one, and ate half, so I finished it. It was just as good a their burgers. Im from NYC and theyre better than Grays Papaya which is like, THE hot dog place in NYC
 
2012-09-20 03:50:24 AM
5 guys tastes good, but is in that awkward price range of too much for what you get. Toss in a few more dollars and get a MUCH bigger pay off at any gourmet burger joint.
 
2012-09-20 03:51:27 AM

TheDumbBlonde: Five Guys needs to lose the hotdogs (who orders those?) and add some milk shakes.


Bacon cheese dog and a little burger is my go to order there so you shut your dirty mouth.
 
2012-09-20 03:56:37 AM
I live in basically the Culvers epicenter- southern WI/northern IL. The competition in town consists mainly of McDonald's, Carl's Jr, Arby's, a malt shop that just figures a burger is something to go with the malt (fries are decent, though), a place only open in summer that has hired college help fry up Sysco burgers, and a greasy spoon I went into once and found a fairly disgusting mess of a burger under all the slop it was swimming in.

It's usually Culvers for me, though once in a while I'll hit the malt shop.
 
2012-09-20 03:58:54 AM

COMALite J: dletter: I've heard good things about Smashburger, but never been to one.

If you are in Vegas... I (Heart) Burgers is very good.

Otherwise ....... 5Guys >(Barely) Culvers > Steak N Shake > Hardee's (Now) > Wendys > BK > McD > Rotten Meat > Hardee's (20 years ago)

boozerman: Dry patties, damp buns, and limp non crispy fries? No thanks.

I'd take any of Culver's, Steak and Shake, Hardee's, and Smashburger over five guys anytime. Don't get me started praising BRGR, Blanc, or Fred P. Ott's.

SN1987a goes boom: Carl's Jr. ranks higher than Hardee's? Aren't they the same thing?

Hardee′s 20 years ago may not have had good burgers according to dletter, but they had what was easily ― easily ― far and away! ― the very best fried chicken I′ve ever had.

Note that I didn′t specify the best fast-food fried chicken.

The. Best. Fried. Chicken. Period.

Not just better than KFC or Popeyes or even Bojangles, let alone Church′s. Better than any sit-down restaurant, however expensive. Better than my fondest (and likely exaggerated) childhood memories of my mama′s or grandma′s home cooking. Better than any home cooking I′ve ever tried even from people who were supposed to be expert chefs specializing in fried chicken.

The only place I could imagine having better fried chicken would be Roy Rogers, from whom Hardee′s of the time licensed the recipe (each chain only existed in different regions of the nation, so they weren′t competing against each other).

Unfortunately, neither they nor Roy Rogers sells it anymore. I dunno if Roy Rogers is still around and still selling chicken made from that awesome recipe.

How good was it? The seasonings in the skin were awesome. Not super-spicy like Popeyes, nor super-herbal like KFC. Just really, really good and flavorful, while still tasting like fried chicken should instead of some Cajun or Italian dish. It was breaded, not greasy-battered like Church's or Popeyes or KFC Extra Crispy.

But, you could take the skin off, and it was still among the most flavorful, succulent fried chicken ever! Like Church′s claims to do, Hardee's (neé Roy Rogers) was truly, deeply marinated in some blend that tasted absolutely wonderful, even without the skin!

Moreover, it was always very, very juicy. Even the white meat. Even the breasts. Sticking a fork into a Hardee′s (and presumably Roy Rogers) fried chicken breast was liable to douse you in a small geyser of juice like sticking a spoon into a fresh, very juicy grapefruit.


vossiewulf: elchip: I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes.

Same experience here, tried it when I moved to CA. Incredibly average, IMO no better than McD's, BK, etc. AND NO BACON WTF

My new favorite though (at least close to me) is The Counter.

alienated: vossiewulf: The Counter

ooooh. they look good. ty

pudding7: The Counter gets points for their huge menu of options, but after the grueling ordering experience, and the long wait, the burger usually isn't worth the effort.

Krieghund: The Counter is great, but they aren't fast food burgers.

kimwim: Can't stand the counter. The burgers are pressed so tightly together before they are cooked, as if they are cardboard.

A place that has variety about on an equal level to The Counter is Cheeburger Cheeburger (yes, the name is repeated). (They don′t sell hamburgers, but they will sell you a cheeseburger but hold the cheese.)


Roy Rogers is still out there and still making pretty good fried chicken, I wouldn't say I romanticize it the way you might but I certainly go there over any chain or supermarket when I'm in there rare mood for fried chicken.
 
2012-09-20 04:02:07 AM

GAT_00: Ah, it's food hipster time again I guess.

Five Guys is great, but it could easily be better if they knocked off the foil for the burgers.


Yeah, I don't get that either. In addition to being wasteful, it's rather useless in my opinion. Burgers don't need to be kept warm when served, and if you're taking them to go, they're gonna get cold anyway by the time you get where you're going.

But they are good. Just wish they'd do something about the soggy fries.
 
2012-09-20 06:12:37 AM

madgonad: I just don't understand the people putting Culver's ahead of Five Guys. The burgers are of completely different quality.

Culver's sells other things though - especially their massive ice cream frozen custard lineup. However, their fries are straight Sysco fries and no different than the 10,000 other local mom&pop restaurant fries. Culver's patties are shipped frozen and a relatively flat, compressed, and flavorless.


Culver's meat isn't frozen. It's just like Steak n' Shake - pucks of refrigerated meat smashed on the grill to order.

/used to work at Culver's
 
2012-09-20 06:44:18 AM

TheDumbBlonde: Five Guys needs to lose the hotdogs (who orders those?) and add some milk shakes.


If you're near DC, try Z-Burger. Their burgers
compare quite favorably to Five Guys, and their shakes are quite yummy (and I'm not a shake kind
of guy).
 
2012-09-20 07:01:44 AM

DjangoStonereaver:
If you're near DC, try Z-Burger. Their burgers
compare quite favorably to Five Guys, and their shakes are quite yummy (and I'm not a shake kind
of guy).


We have a Z-burger a mile away from a 5 Guys. We never go there because they don't have free peanuts. They do make some awesome onion rings though.
 
2012-09-20 07:08:18 AM
I learned recently that during breakfast hours, you can add an egg to any sandwich at Whataburger.

Just gonna leave that here.
 
2012-09-20 07:32:59 AM

erveek: I learned recently that during breakfast hours, you can add an egg to any sandwich at Whataburger.

Just gonna leave that here.


Seriously? You may have just changed my world.

//I sound fat. Then again, so does most of this thread.
 
2012-09-20 08:25:11 AM
Overpriced. A local greasy spoon makes a better burger for less and that's where I go if I'm in a hurry. Usually, though, I just drop by the grocery store on the way home for lunch and pick up a pound of ground chuck to make my own.

If I have to go to a chain it's usually Hardee's.
 
2012-09-20 08:55:18 AM
I really don't understand the appeal of Five Guys. shiatty fries and overcooked dry burgers aren't my thing apparently. If they don't ask you how you want your burger cooked, then they don't even count as a good burger joint. If it's fast food chains that count, then locally Burger 21. If it is just a stand alone fast food burger joint, locally for me it's this place BurgerMonger. Cured many a hangover with that place.
 
2012-09-20 09:03:25 AM
DQ makes great milkshakes and their chili dogs are pretty good.
 
2012-09-20 09:09:37 AM

TV's Vinnie: I'm surprised Burger King isn't at rock bottom. Have you ever been in one lately? It's a time-warp to 1991, the burgers are put together by slobs and then gratuitously smashed flat, and the flavor is gone.


Sorta describes the croissanwich I got yesterday, for old times sake. Squashed.
/Still tasty though, but over $3? RIP BK.
 
2012-09-20 09:29:25 AM
I tried five guys and really liked it the first time. The second time I realized that it is no differnt than a home made burger I could grill at home except it cost me 8 bucks.
 
2012-09-20 09:32:32 AM
Culver's > Hardees > Five Guys > In n Out
 
2012-09-20 09:43:04 AM
Five Guys is awesome. Cheeburger Cheeburger is also very good, as is The Counter. Ray's can't really count as a chain yet, or it would top them all.

Though Five Guys goes straight to the bottom of the list if you have peanut allergies or you're going out with friends who do. It's my one quibble with them, though at least they're up-front about the fact.
 
2012-09-20 09:50:27 AM

GAT_00: Ah, it's food hipster time again I guess.

Five Guys is great, but it could easily be better if they knocked off the foil for the burgers.


Greasy and sloppy is good for drunks I guess...

I'm not sure how Red Robin isn't on the list...
 
2012-09-20 09:52:55 AM

jaytkay: Ummmm, Five Guys.

Greasy repulsive french fries and an over-priced average-quality burger.

Ummmmm


Second.
 
2012-09-20 09:53:13 AM

zqdime: I tried five guys and really liked it the first time. The second time I realized that it is no differnt than a home made burger I could grill at home except it cost me 8 bucks.


If your homemade burgers are blowing away what you can get at any chain, you're doing something wrong.
 
2012-09-20 09:54:21 AM

SuperChuck: zqdime: I tried five guys and really liked it the first time. The second time I realized that it is no differnt than a home made burger I could grill at home except it cost me 8 bucks.

If your homemade burgers are aren't blowing away what you can get at any chain, you're doing something wrong.


Dammit. FTFM
 
2012-09-20 09:58:21 AM

sage37: Igor Jakovsky: M-G: elchip: I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?

To me, Five Guys burgers are like a tasteless version of Steak n Shake, at a huge price.

a huge price? the double burger and fries with whatever you want on it is like $6, the toppings are pretty extensive

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Holy shiat that is a rip off. For $3 I could get a pound+ bag of fries and I actually know how to cook them unlike Five Guys.
 
2012-09-20 10:00:23 AM

Bullseyed: Holy shiat that is a rip off. For $3 I could get a pound+ bag of fries and I actually know how to cook them unlike Five Guys.


Wow can I subscribe to your newsletter?
 
2012-09-20 10:00:51 AM

sage37: Igor Jakovsky: M-G: elchip: I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?

To me, Five Guys burgers are like a tasteless version of Steak n Shake, at a huge price.

a huge price? the double burger and fries with whatever you want on it is like $6, the toppings are pretty extensive

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Indeed. I saw nothing spectacular about the burger. It was better than fast food chain burgers, of course, but not as good, even, as a burger from the local eatery down the street. I took my two kids and wife to eat there and ended up dropping almost 50 bucks. I felt like I was at a baseball game.
 
2012-09-20 10:03:21 AM

The English Major: SpaceBison: This poll fails without Runza.
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Their burgers are delicious. And crinkle cut fries. Though I do enjoy Don & Millie's. I'm going to hit one of them up when I'm at the Omaha Fark Party.


You just made me miss Omaha. I moved away like three years ago, and I could kill for some Don & Millie's. I now live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, so there's crap for food choices around here.

I'm gonna have to go back for the holidays to visit my brother. While I'm there, I'll have to hit up Don & Millie's, PepperJax, and maybe Oscar's for some wings n pizza.

Thanks for the nostalgia moment.
 
2012-09-20 10:14:21 AM

jack21221: I just moved to Boston last month. I miss Five Guys... :-(

Five guys was my last meal in Baltimore before leaving.


They're all over the place up here now.

Head up Route 1 to the plaza next to Square One Mall for a Five Guys.
 
2012-09-20 10:22:23 AM

NewWorldDan: I don't know why I'd go to 5 guys when I can go to the bar across the street and get a really good burger for the same price. Fark 'em. For fast food burgers, I usually go with Wendy's. I like Wendy's and Culver's because Wendy Thomas (like her Grandpa) and Craig Culver both look like they eat their own food. Frequently.


And it shows...

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-20 10:33:50 AM
There is a 5 Guys in my town, Pigeon Forge Tennessee. I go by it on my way to work. What food should I try for my first time ordering from there? Thanx in advance!
 
2012-09-20 10:43:26 AM
RUnza isn't a "burger". It's more like Diarrhea in a bread like pocket, which in turn gives you the "Runza's" and you shiat yourself repeatedly.
 
2012-09-20 10:52:53 AM

emersonbiggins: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: I prefer Twisted Root

I love that Dallas is the epicenter of burgers - In-N-Out vs. Five Guys vs. Smashburger vs. Whataburger

/Yes, Twisted is awesome
//Don't forget Keller's


In-N-Out adds nothing, most overrated burger in the country. Anyone who has been in Dallas a long time hopefully had the opportunity to eat at Rose's.
 
2012-09-20 10:59:17 AM

basemetal: [farm3.static.flickr.com image 500x375]

You people just don't know.


Braum's fast food is farking disgusting. It's even worse than Sonic.
 
2012-09-20 11:10:14 AM
This thread should really be about how you order your FIVE GUYS burger. Mine: Cheeseburger, Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, green peppers (crunch!), and NO KETCHUP!
 
2012-09-20 11:12:12 AM

jaytkay: Ummmm, Five Guys.

Greasy repulsive french fries and an over-priced average-quality burger.

Ummmmm


Exactly my experience with them. The fries are atrocious. The burgers are WAY overpriced for what you get--and they're nothing special at all. Whatever happened to seasoning the beef?

(But then, most chain restaurant burgers are meh. In and Out was ok when I tried it last trip out west. For my $$$, though, I'll stick with Top Notch here in Austin--more for the memories of eating there with Dad many moons ago than anything else. If you want a good burger...fire up your grill and do it yourself.)
 
2012-09-20 11:18:43 AM
Nice to see Smashburger moving up. Love that place. Twisted Root will be up there if they keep expanding.
 
2012-09-20 12:27:34 PM

Uakronkid: Having grown up on Swenson's burgers, In N Out is incredibly disappointing.


My wife's cousin got married a few months back down near Akron and at the reception around 10:30 they had about 300 Swenson's burgers delivered. Best. Reception. Ever.
 
2012-09-20 12:30:41 PM

JuicePats: jack21221: I just moved to Boston last month. I miss Five Guys... :-(

Five guys was my last meal in Baltimore before leaving.

They're all over the place up here now.

Head up Route 1 to the plaza next to Square One Mall for a Five Guys.


I see 3 of them on google maps, none of them are quick to get to from Fenway as far as I can tell.
 
2012-09-20 12:31:30 PM
Survey doesn't make sense to me. Of course Dairy Queen would be at the bottom...they have fewer stores than most of the chains on that list. Not only that, but many do not serve burgers (at least the ones around here; I can only think of one location that serves "hot food").
 
2012-09-20 12:33:24 PM
We like Five Guys, but probably hit McD ten times for every time we go to Five Guys. Mostly because we hit fast food when we travel and there are way more McDs. Plus, that's the only place the wife's daughter will go, except Taco Bell (which my wife hates).
 
2012-09-20 01:21:31 PM

Coffeegrounds: jaytkay: Ummmm, Five Guys.

Greasy repulsive french fries and an over-priced average-quality burger.

Ummmmm

Exactly my experience with them. The fries are atrocious. The burgers are WAY overpriced for what you get--and they're nothing special at all. Whatever happened to seasoning the beef?

(But then, most chain restaurant burgers are meh. In and Out was ok when I tried it last trip out west. For my $$$, though, I'll stick with Top Notch here in Austin--more for the memories of eating there with Dad many moons ago than anything else. If you want a good burger...fire up your grill and do it yourself.)


I've seen far too many people claim to make the "BEST BURGER EVAR" and all they turn out is a charred, gray, flavorless lump of volcanic rock.
 
2012-09-20 01:45:23 PM

wrenchboy: List is fail with out...


I already mentioned them in this thread, hours before you popped in.


Tenatra: I ordered from Five Guys once because my fiancee heard it was good. We went in and after I ordered I said this better be farking good. My impression of the burger was "Really? I paid that farking much for a burger that tastes like a normal burger on my own grill..." Fiancee's dad was pissed off for spending that much too.

/I'd pick Red Robin or Fuddruckers if I feel like spending money on a somewhat overpriced burger
//There is one place in the Kansas City area the I loved but I can't think of the name anymore.


If you actually want a burger that tastes like one you′d make in your back yard...


EvilMonkeyBoy: Roy Rogers is still out there and still making pretty good fried chicken, I wouldn't say I romanticize it the way you might but I certainly go there over any chain or supermarket when I'm in there rare mood for fried chicken.


Hmmm... I wonder if Hardee′s of old actually improved on the recipe somehow? I′ve never even seen a Roy Rogers, let alone tried their chicken directly. I′d′ve thought that Hardee′s wouldn′t be quite as good as the original.

I wonder if they still have the rights to it? Maybe we can start a campaign to persuade them to bring it back to Hardee′s and Carl′s Jr.
 
2012-09-20 01:54:09 PM

bemis23: Coffeegrounds: jaytkay: Ummmm, Five Guys.

Greasy repulsive french fries and an over-priced average-quality burger.

Ummmmm

Exactly my experience with them. The fries are atrocious. The burgers are WAY overpriced for what you get--and they're nothing special at all. Whatever happened to seasoning the beef?

(But then, most chain restaurant burgers are meh. In and Out was ok when I tried it last trip out west. For my $$$, though, I'll stick with Top Notch here in Austin--more for the memories of eating there with Dad many moons ago than anything else. If you want a good burger...fire up your grill and do it yourself.)

I've seen far too many people claim to make the "BEST BURGER EVAR" and all they turn out is a charred, gray, flavorless lump of volcanic rock.


Amen! A burger should be juicy, filled with flavor, and fresh. Medium Well at the most. Something that makes a napkin necessary. And, seriously...how hard is it to cook decent french fries? And if those fries are "award winning" as the signs in the restaurant say...who was the judge on that one that's never had a crisp on the outside, tender on the inside french fry?

I don't claim to make the perfect burger. I will say that I can outdo most any chain restaurant and not worry that I'll get arguments about it, though.
 
2012-09-20 01:58:54 PM

jack21221: JuicePats: jack21221: I just moved to Boston last month. I miss Five Guys... :-(

Five guys was my last meal in Baltimore before leaving.

They're all over the place up here now.

Head up Route 1 to the plaza next to Square One Mall for a Five Guys.

I see 3 of them on google maps, none of them are quick to get to from Fenway as far as I can tell.


The one I referenced is about 10 minutes north of the Tobin Bridge
 
2012-09-20 02:17:46 PM

bemis23: Coffeegrounds: jaytkay: Ummmm, Five Guys.

Greasy repulsive french fries and an over-priced average-quality burger.

Ummmmm

Exactly my experience with them. The fries are atrocious. The burgers are WAY overpriced for what you get--and they're nothing special at all. Whatever happened to seasoning the beef?

(But then, most chain restaurant burgers are meh. In and Out was ok when I tried it last trip out west. For my $$$, though, I'll stick with Top Notch here in Austin--more for the memories of eating there with Dad many moons ago than anything else. If you want a good burger...fire up your grill and do it yourself.)

I've seen far too many people claim to make the "BEST BURGER EVAR" and all they turn out is a charred, gray, flavorless lump of volcanic rock.


That's what potlucks are for, where you get to assess everybody's lack of culinary prowess.
 
2012-09-20 02:27:51 PM
Here in DFW, Mooya is my new favorite.

http://mooyah.com/

Though other local places like Scotty P's and JC's Burger House don't suck, either.
 
2012-09-20 02:34:37 PM
I went to 5 Guys once ... once.

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I have a mild peanut allergy and that place was floor to ceiling peanuts. The food seemed fine, but it is less enjoyable when your throat is closing up.
 
2012-09-20 02:44:47 PM

GameSprocket: I went to 5 Guys once ... once.

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I have a mild peanut allergy and that place was floor to ceiling peanuts. The food seemed fine, but it is less enjoyable when your throat is closing up.


If your throat is closing up from being near peanuts, you don't have a "mild" peanut allergy.
 
2012-09-20 02:57:10 PM

AddictedToFoobies: Here in DFW, Mooya is my new favorite.

http://mooyah.com/

Though other local places like Scotty P's and JC's Burger House don't suck, either.


Mooyah is good, it's basically 5 guys with milkshakes.
 
2012-09-20 02:57:52 PM

Treygreen13: GameSprocket: I went to 5 Guys once ... once.

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I have a mild peanut allergy and that place was floor to ceiling peanuts. The food seemed fine, but it is less enjoyable when your throat is closing up.

If your throat is closing up from being near peanuts, you don't have a "mild" peanut allergy.


I think they use peanut oil for the fries, so it wasn't just proximity. My allergy can vary in intensity, so it is sometimes a crap shoot whether I will react. However, I prefer not to tempt fate.
 
2012-09-20 03:03:28 PM

AddictedToFoobies: Here in DFW, Mooya is my new favorite.

http://mooyah.com/

Though other local places like Scotty P's and JC's Burger House don't suck, either.


If you're near Ft Worth try The Tavern. Slightly more upscale but their burger is fantastic and worth the couple extra bucks. Full meal with a beer and tip is probably $15.
 
2012-09-20 03:08:49 PM

Tenatra: I ordered from Five Guys once because my fiancee heard it was good. We went in and after I ordered I said this better be farking good. My impression of the burger was "Really? I paid that farking much for a burger that tastes like a normal burger on my own grill..." Fiancee's dad was pissed off for spending that much too.

/I'd pick Red Robin or Fuddruckers if I feel like spending money on a somewhat overpriced burger
//There is one place in the Kansas City area the I loved but I can't think of the name anymore.


Where is it, I likely know it
 
2012-09-20 03:14:52 PM

GameSprocket: Treygreen13: GameSprocket: I went to 5 Guys once ... once.

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I have a mild peanut allergy and that place was floor to ceiling peanuts. The food seemed fine, but it is less enjoyable when your throat is closing up.

If your throat is closing up from being near peanuts, you don't have a "mild" peanut allergy.

I think they use peanut oil for the fries, so it wasn't just proximity. My allergy can vary in intensity, so it is sometimes a crap shoot whether I will react. However, I prefer not to tempt fate.


They have big signs up in every store warning about peanuts.
 
2012-09-20 03:17:38 PM

GAT_00: Ah, it's food hipster time again I guess.

Five Guys is great, but it could easily be better if they knocked off the foil for the burgers.


I don't thinking Five Guy burgers are all that good. However, their fries are phenomenal. They are easily the best fries i've had that were not homemade.
 
2012-09-20 03:35:41 PM

GameSprocket: Treygreen13: GameSprocket: I went to 5 Guys once ... once.

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I have a mild peanut allergy and that place was floor to ceiling peanuts. The food seemed fine, but it is less enjoyable when your throat is closing up.

If your throat is closing up from being near peanuts, you don't have a "mild" peanut allergy.

I think they use peanut oil for the fries, so it wasn't just proximity. My allergy can vary in intensity, so it is sometimes a crap shoot whether I will react. However, I prefer not to tempt fate.


Peanut oil is usually safe for people with peanut allergies (there's no protein in the refined product).

If you're allergic to peanut oil, then I suggest you write up a will now, because you ain't surviving long.
 
2012-09-20 03:42:14 PM

max_pooper: NewWorldDan: I don't know why I'd go to 5 guys when I can go to the bar across the street and get a really good burger for the same price. Fark 'em. For fast food burgers, I usually go with Wendy's. I like Wendy's and Culver's because Wendy Thomas (like her Grandpa) and Craig Culver both look like they eat their own food. Frequently.

And it shows...

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x502]


That being said, the new Wendy's Commercial spokeswoman is cute.
 
2012-09-20 04:50:49 PM

hammettman: [i90.photobucket.com image 288x104]

In my youth ate 4 triple chili cheeses in a sitting on a dare.

The next morning I had another sitting, of sorts. But those are damn good burgers. Only 30 locations.


In college, our nightly ritual was to go to Tommy's at 11, get chili burgers and chili fries, go to the commons room and watch "Star Trek" at midnight on channel 13 while chowing down.

It was fun introducing new people to Tommy's.

"Now listen, I'm going to be frank. Eating this will make you sick. You'll be shiatting all over the place tomorrow. The next one will still be bad, but not as bad. After the fourth or fifth, your body will adapt and accept Tommy's. Once that happens, you're in for a treat."
 
2012-09-20 04:59:37 PM
We got a local competitor called UBurger, and I like them better to tell you the truth. Same ground sirloin, but they have better sauces and rubs if you're into it, and they make some killah fraps.

5Guys still wins with their spicy fries though, damn those things are delicious.
 
2012-09-20 05:20:40 PM

KierzanDax: hammettman: [i90.photobucket.com image 288x104]

In my youth ate 4 triple chili cheeses in a sitting on a dare.

The next morning I had another sitting, of sorts. But those are damn good burgers. Only 30 locations.

In college, our nightly ritual was to go to Tommy's at 11, get chili burgers and chili fries, go to the commons room and watch "Star Trek" at midnight on channel 13 while chowing down.

It was fun introducing new people to Tommy's.

"Now listen, I'm going to be frank. Eating this will make you sick. You'll be shiatting all over the place tomorrow. The next one will still be bad, but not as bad. After the fourth or fifth, your body will adapt and accept Tommy's. Once that happens, you're in for a treat."


Very popular in college after a night of drinking. The chili literally glues your insides together.
 
2012-09-20 05:48:20 PM

Kazrath: GAT_00: Ah, it's food hipster time again I guess.

Five Guys is great, but it could easily be better if they knocked off the foil for the burgers.

I don't thinking Five Guy burgers are all that good. However, their fries are phenomenal. They are easily the best fries i've had that were not homemade.

 

media.comicvine.com
 
2012-09-20 05:52:22 PM

elchip: Five Guys FTW.

I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?


Five Guys? Meh.

Serious Burger FTW!
 
2012-09-20 06:23:54 PM

ChrisDe: In N Out.

Five Guys is too damn expensive.


This.
Only thing i dont like about In-N-Out is the 20 minute wait every time i go.
Ive been to 5 guys once in Vestal, NY. it was meh at best.
Now im back out in So. Cal. and i go to the Arcadia In-N-Out if im in no big hurry.

/i ALWAYS get Animal Fries as well.
 
2012-09-20 06:28:46 PM
5 Guys where you can't tell if you got the burger or the charcoal.
 
2012-09-20 06:40:08 PM

phantomht: ChrisDe: In N Out.

Five Guys is too damn expensive.

This.
Only thing i dont like about In-N-Out is the 20 minute wait every time i go.
Ive been to 5 guys once in Vestal, NY. it was meh at best.
Now im back out in So. Cal. and i go to the Arcadia In-N-Out if im in no big hurry.

/i ALWAYS get Animal Fries as well.


Don't get the love for in n out. I realize that with fast food it's hard just to get a real flame broiled burger, but In n Out is literally the same damn thing I can make myself at home, for 1/2 the cost. I'm pretty lazy, but not that lazy.
 
2012-09-20 06:42:15 PM

JuicePats: jack21221: JuicePats: jack21221: I just moved to Boston last month. I miss Five Guys... :-(

Five guys was my last meal in Baltimore before leaving.

They're all over the place up here now.

Head up Route 1 to the plaza next to Square One Mall for a Five Guys.

I see 3 of them on google maps, none of them are quick to get to from Fenway as far as I can tell.

The one I referenced is about 10 minutes north of the Tobin Bridge


I don't own a car, so I'd have to use public transportation to get there. Looks like it's right off of the orange line, a total trip of 20 minutes. Not too shabby.
 
2012-09-20 06:48:22 PM

elchip: Five Guys FTW.

I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?


Well I tried Five Guys over a year ago and...eh....never been back.

Besides McD's IS the to burger chain in America if you count "dollar votes". Subway actually has a bigger footprint than even McD's, FYI. Personally, I've never ate a burger that was as good as when I fix it on my own grill.
 
2012-09-20 06:56:08 PM

arcas: For me, Steak n Shake beats 5 Guys because of their milkshakes and fries. What 5 Guys lacks in fry quality they make up for in quantity. Seriously, one order of fries will feed 3 people.

No In-and-Out around here to compare with so it's S&S > 5 Guys > Culver's >> (Wendys|McD's|Hardees).

In downtown LexKy, there's a sports bar named Sawyer's that used to have, hands down, the best burgers in town. But they stopped butter-toasting their buns and they went from awesome to merely good.


I visited Steak-n-Shake...once. Ordered a swiss-mushroom burger and the mushrooms were CANNED. Gross. Probably the worst hamburger I've eaten. Any other experiences at SnS like mine?
 
2012-09-20 07:17:01 PM
Sorry, Culvers is the best there is. With Burgerville and In n Out a close second.

Five Guys is bland, greasy and includes way too much hipster attitude.

Whataburger is also pretty good.
 
2012-09-20 07:17:17 PM
I guess I'll throw my hat in the ring. Oklahoma style burgers.

tulsafood.com

#4 on Urbanspoon but #1 in my heart attack.

www.tulsapeople.com
 
2012-09-20 07:24:29 PM

DaCaptain19: arcas: For me, Steak n Shake beats 5 Guys because of their milkshakes and fries. What 5 Guys lacks in fry quality they make up for in quantity. Seriously, one order of fries will feed 3 people.

No In-and-Out around here to compare with so it's S&S > 5 Guys > Culver's >> (Wendys|McD's|Hardees).

In downtown LexKy, there's a sports bar named Sawyer's that used to have, hands down, the best burgers in town. But they stopped butter-toasting their buns and they went from awesome to merely good.

I visited Steak-n-Shake...once. Ordered a swiss-mushroom burger and the mushrooms were CANNED. Gross. Probably the worst hamburger I've eaten. Any other experiences at SnS like mine?


Gross indeed, and bad for the teeth as well! But, if you happen to have a can-opener handy, it′s not that hard to fix....
 
2012-09-20 07:44:10 PM
This


www.ezbarmitzvahs.com
 
2012-09-20 08:35:08 PM
For me the fries are more important than the burgers.

And Five Guys ranks somewhere a little below Burger King at the very bottom of the scale.
 
2012-09-20 08:37:57 PM
More mother farking Big Macs for me, biatch.
 
2012-09-20 08:58:43 PM

bmr68: This


[www.ezbarmitzvahs.com image 400x400]


Christ that place is overpriced to all hell. Good food but, damn.
 
2012-09-20 09:16:48 PM

TyrantII: phantomht: ChrisDe: In N Out.

Five Guys is too damn expensive.

This.
Only thing i dont like about In-N-Out is the 20 minute wait every time i go.
Ive been to 5 guys once in Vestal, NY. it was meh at best.
Now im back out in So. Cal. and i go to the Arcadia In-N-Out if im in no big hurry.

/i ALWAYS get Animal Fries as well.

Don't get the love for in n out. I realize that with fast food it's hard just to get a real flame broiled burger, but In n Out is literally the same damn thing I can make myself at home, for 1/2 the cost. I'm pretty lazy, but not that lazy.


i dunno. i mean, i dont get anything fancy except the Animal Fries. I get 2 regular cheeseburgers and those are 2.50$ each if i remember correctly. and that is pretty reasonable to ME considering i am NOT the one making it and i dont have to clean up the mess afterwards. and dont even get me started about the girlfriends cooking. she can ruin a bowl of cereal.
 
2012-09-20 10:05:12 PM
The last few times I was at Five Guys, the patties were smaller than a McDonalds tire-patch-like single burgers. It tasted good, but pretty skimpy. This was made up for, of course, by cajun fries with about half a shaker of seasoning on them. Seriously, I saw the guy laying it on and it was like watching Homer Simpson when he was putting lighter fluid on his grill. For $12, I can do better.
 
2012-09-21 01:13:23 AM
I need to rep my local chain too!. Just wait, soon they'll be everywhere. I think the buns are a little to crumbly though..

Link

/I also have to bring up Lion's Tap in every burger thread
 
2012-09-21 01:49:24 AM
www.empireonline.com
Knows where to find a tasty burger.

/hot, sizzling
 
2012-09-21 09:51:21 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

/ for fast food. rally's (checkers) is superior.
 
2012-09-21 09:55:33 AM
I have a great Dairy Queen near me that has a burgers, etc. Best tasting things you can buy and judging by the lineups people agree. Actually flame broiled on a grill not pre-cooked and run through a conveyor (BK) or cooked on a skillet in its own grease (Five Guys, I'm looking at your). Actually tastes like a bbq hamburger and the toppings always fresh.

Now, DQ "ice cream" on the other hand has went to shiat. I don't know what it's made from but it's neither ice nor cream anymore.
 
2012-09-21 11:05:07 AM
Why do I keep getting "Become a member to keep on reading"? I thought that requiring users to join, even for free, to see an article was not allowed here on Fark.
 
2012-09-21 12:54:06 PM
can't beat McDonald's when it comes to cheap fast food
 
2012-09-21 02:25:40 PM

elchip: Five Guys FTW.

I tried In & Out Burger for the first time 2 weeks ago. What a joke. It tasted like Steak n Shake burger and the fries were dry like canned shoestring potatoes. And people jerk off over it?


Five Guys is a good burger, but way overpriced and is a terrible value. I have a handful of local mom & pop places that make a better burger for the same price or less. In & Out is a fantastic deal if you only have $5 in your pocket and the fries are fantastic if you're not into over salted and over processed potatoes.
 
2012-09-21 06:26:59 PM
Five Guys is just OK...but not worth it and annoying for a couple-few reasons:

1. Interior design is loud, with uncomfortable seats and blaring red-white colors - not a nice place to sit and enjoy a burger.

2. The walls are covered with nothing but boldface, giant-sized self-stroking claims of how good Five Guys is from all over the USA. I actually think this tactic makes people subliminally think it is better than it really is.

3. The fries are idiotic. I would never order them if I came alone, and throw away almost half of them if my girlfriend and I share a side. Wasteful one-size for all concept that fails.

4. The bun is weak and soaks right through. I like a good bun, theirs is pathetic.

The burger itself is basic and good, nothing special, but good. No complaints about the price of the burger itself.
 
2012-09-22 10:55:13 AM

Great_Milenko: The last few times I was at Five Guys, the patties were smaller than a McDonalds tire-patch-like single burgers.


I hate defending restaurants, but I'm sorry, that's absolute BS.
 
2012-09-22 06:31:29 PM
Way late, but just remembered:

nashville.faithfulprovisions.com

The two close to me closed, but these places were awesome.
 
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