Soon after President Obama took office, I read an interview in which he claimed that the food he missed the most since moving into the White House was a burger and fries from Five Guys. I had never heard of this place, but my interest was certainly peaked. After all, if it's good enough for the President, it's good enough for me, right?
Flash forward to the first day of spring conferences. I live far enough away that it's not worth my time to drive home in the short break between our institute and conferences, so I was at school getting (even more) ahead in my planning, when a co-worker suggested the infamous Five Guys for an early dinner. I gladly accepted the proposition.
If you've never been, FG is a very simple place. I don't know exactly how to classify it, as it doesn't quite meet my standards for fast food but is also not a sit down restaurant. The very first thing that impressed me, though, was the fact that they start cooking your order after you order it! Can't get any fresher than that!
The menu is simple. If you don't want a burger, hot dog, or grilled cheese, this is not a joint for you! If, however, like me, you love a good burger, I suggest you try this place out. My favorite part was building the burger the way I like it (very much like a Jimmy John's... another love of mine): cheese, mushrooms (bonus: free add on!), mustard, lettuce and pickles. Yummy!
And if you like fries, this is the place for you. I ordered a small and watched as they not only scooped a heaping amount into the cup but also added an additional scoop inside the bag. Let's just say that this french fry lover wasn't able to come close to finishing them off! And just like the burgers, they are cooked after you order them, ensuring their freshness.
Some might think that $9 for a burger and fries is a little steep. I would normally agree, but based on the quality and quantity of food I received, I think it's worth it. Burger King and McDonald's don't even begin to compare to this place, and any restaurant with similar-quality burgers will cost you at least $9 with tip anyway.
My suggestion: Eat here with a friend and split the fries! It's so worth it!