Five Guys
March 30th, 2009 by Joemoney

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries

The Beginning –

I was first introduced to Five Guys by a friend in Washington, DC where some of the first Five Guys were opened. My wife an I ate at one of the original five guys in Alexandria, VA and for a “chain” burger it was darn good! I think the secret to their success is the simplicity of the menu. I realize that I’m not going out on a limb by saying that but good burgers are simple  burgers and they have it down. One detail I liked that was unique to this chain was the cork board that displayed customer “art”. There was a stack of 3″X5″ index cards and some pencils for customers to write notes, draw pictures, or whatever else you can do with fifteen square inches of real estate. My wife and I found that along with the boxes of roasted peanuts it was a good way to pass the time while we waited for our order.

The Goods –

The menu is short. Burgers and Dogs. I ordered my usual Cheeseburger but ran into a hiccup when I said everything on it. At Five Guys you have  a list of around sixteen items and condiments you can put on your burger. I had to specify lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, grilled onions, mustard, mayo, and ketchup. The burger itself was made from very good ingredients. The patties (that’s right, there were two) were hand formed and the toppings were fresh. This is a fried burger but I actually prefer a fried burger to a grilled one because they tend to be juicier. This burger had just the right amount of grease and juiciness though it became a little hard to manage towards the last few bites.The bun (or as I like to call them, bread gloves) was also a notable component to the whole Five Guys experience. It was soft and a little chewy (in a good way) and held everything together pretty well. The fries are a big selling point in my book. My wife and I split an single order of Cajun fries. To our surprise a single order means a brown lunch bag full of fries. The cajun seasoning was different at first but matched really well with the ketchup and the burger. After my wife and I ate at the one in Alexandria I tried it at the one in Georgetown and most recently in Houston, TX. The burgers were consistently good.

The Wrap it up –

An item that I found to be both good and bad was the variety of toppings and condiments you can add to your burger. While the menu is simple, the condiment selection can really get complicated for the unprepared. I tend to freeze up in moments like this because I’m afraid that I may pick something like barbecue sauce or green peppers and essentially ruin a perfectly good burger. While I applaud Five Guys’ commitment to the customers’ unique tastes, I’m fearful that people who aren’t the most burger savvy may choose a topping(s) that would make an exceptional burger just OK or even bad. But hey, it’s worked for them so far. For a “chain” burger this one probably tops my list.

2902 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX (713) 864-6555

8 Responses  
  • DisapprovingWife writes:
    March 30th, 20094:28 pmat

    the burger was good, but I hated how limp and undercooked the fries are. I like my fries to be crispy! I also didn’t like how they put two patties in every burger. How hard is it to make one bigger patty? It seemed like the one in Virginia was better.

  • jarotolo2 writes:
    June 8th, 20096:24 amat

    Expensive meal as everytjhing sold separately. I thought the burger was great, but was it $6 great? I’d compare it price wise to a Fudruckers or Chilis.

    I also don’t like how they rap eveything up “to go” even if you’re eating there. Is it toom uch to ask for a tray?

    Didn’t have the same limp fries problem as stated above.

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  • clemel1 writes:
    July 2nd, 20092:49 pmat

    I thought this place had good burgers. I was actually a big fan of the fries, but gee golly whiz, they give you so many! There’s no way you’ll eat all those fries. I think the peanuts are a nice edition too. And don’t forget the impressive selection of toppings. 🙂 The biggest downfall of this place are the prices though. I don’t usually go out for a burger, fries, and drink and expect to pay so much.

  • Jeffrey writes:
    September 25th, 20093:29 pmat

    I have tried this place on three separate occasions now and am just not that impressed. The burgers were tasty, I liked the fries, but the bun was terrible each time – stale. Like the bread was too old. There are too many other great places in Houston for a burger to go back here.

  • ribdaddy writes:
    April 20th, 20103:43 pmat

    The burger is too greasy. I have been there twice and I always feel sick every time I leave there. They also play that trick where they charge way too much and give you way too many fries. In order to get fries you have to share them with two people. Tricky little way to make more money from unsuspecting customers.

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