Sunday, March 6, 2011

I had Five Guys last night.

Eww, get your mind out of the gutter perverts. Dinner, I'm talking about dinner.  Ha.  I know that I have been blogging A LOT about food lately, so I will continue the trend with my first Five Guys Burger and Fries experience. 

Van and I have been wanting to check out Five Guys, (mainly so that we could compare it to In-N-Out) for awhile now.  Last week, was our 4 year anniversary (awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww) so instead of the typical, romantic, candle-lit dinner, we went to Five Guys.  For those of you who don't know, Five Guys is a fast food restaurant chain originally from Virginia that sells hamburgers, hot dogs and fries.  Pretty basic and standard.  Also, it is known for it's EXTREME value, we went to the Oakland location, an area of Pittsburgh where a lot of students reside and go out.  Given the student population, an eatery like Five Guys definitely thrives.

Basically, you wait in line to place your order- and then get a number while you wait for your order.  It appears that the burgers and fries are made freshly on-site, which is always a plus.  Food allergens-beware! While you wait, customers can help themselves to an open-container of peanuts.  I loved this- not sure how someone with severe peanut allergies would feel...
We grabbed a seat by the window and ate our peanuts, while we waited for our orders to cook up. 

I ordered the Little Cheeseburger $4.19 and the regular Cajun Style Fries $2.59, while Van ordered the Cheeseburger $5.39 and the regular Five Guys Style Fries.
Here is a photo of my "little" cheeseburger- I seriously thought it was going to be a slider, it wasn't.  It was a regular sized burger.

Although ALL toppings are free and can include: Relish, Onions, Jalapeno Peppers, Green Peppers, A-1 Sauce, BBQ Sauce and Hot Sauce, I chose to go with the "Everything or ALL THE WAY" option which is: Mayo, Lettuce, Pickles, Tomatoes, Grilled Onions, Grilled Mushrooms, Ketchup and Mustard.  The burger was delicious, definitely comparable to In-N-Out.  Yumm!
Then there were the fries:
Cajun on the left and Five Guys Style on the right.  Although they look good, I have to say that although I liked the first couple of Cajun style fries, after three the novelty of the flavor wore off, and I got sick of them.  The Five Guys Style was also kind-of lacking flavor- Van agreed.  Unfortunately the fries didn't really do too much for us- blah.  In-N-Out fries are definitely tastier.
Overall, Five Guys definitely has a cheap and good burger, with 100% fresh beef- no fillers or preservatives. Fries were lackluster, but the peanuts helped to make up for them.
I still miss my In-N-Out, but Five Guys is a good east coast alternative, and for you veg-heads there were some veggie options.  Also, for your trend-whores, GQ voted it: "The Best $5 Burger a Man Can Eat."


  1. Looks a lot like In-N-Out too, which I haven't been to in a while. Will have to go find one soon now that you have my mouth watering!

  2. There's actually a Five Guys in Bellingham now (and very near my school in NYC also). I've tried it in both places and was not particularly impressed. Not all it was cracked out to be in my opinion! Especially compared to In-N-Out. Or Boomers in Bellingham.
    Not dissing on your obviously, just wanted to share my 2 cents. Everyone seems to rant about it and I don't get the hype!

  3. Shelley- We miss In-N-Out SO much...haha, I'm jealous you're going to go soon, and yes- writing this post has made me hungry. :)
    Andrea- I totally get it. I was disappointed that Five Guys didn't have milkshakes, and as I mentioned in my post, I didn't like the fries. The burger was good though, I still miss my In-N-Out. Thanks for the reminder about Boomers too, I LOVED that place as a kid.

  4. PS That's interesting that there is a Five Guys in Bellingham now, I had no idea. Where is it? I don't think I have ever seen one in SoCal.

  5. Apparently they opened a Five Guys in Orange sometime last year. I've been wanting to try it, but just haven't got to it. But now it looks like I might make more of an effort - that burger looked good! You're right, nothing can compare to In-N-Out!!

  6. Jess- where have I been? I don't remember that at all, maybe it was opened after I moved to Pittsburgh. It's definitely worth checking out for the burgers, but what can I say- Southern Californians are beyond spoiled by In-N-Out.

  7. I actually just passed one in Carson. I think they have a few more CA locations.

  8. Thanks Jeff- learn something new every day. :) I seriously didn't know they were so prevalent in CA.

  9. The decor looks so clean and spiffy, all red and white checked. Made me want to sock-hop down to Watson's Drug Store for a malted milkshake. Just sayin... Actually, I made us some prime griller vegi burgers, oven baked sweet potato fries, and date and banana milkshakes tonight. Blog-fluenced??? Maybe.

  10. Mom- it sounds like you made a delicious and HEALTHY alternative to fast food burgers, fries and shakes. Sounds so good. Also, I was a bit bummed that Five Guys didn't have shakes- couldn't believe it!