I may have been the first paying customer at Five Guys for lunch today. By the time I left, the place was completely packed. I ordered the bacon cheeseburger with sauteed mushrooms and mayo.
You can tell the burger was fresh. It’s an old-school burger to the nines. The patty isn’t dense and dry; it’s moist and crumbly. The flavor was out-of-sight.
So here’s the deal. The place is in Rockland Plaza, where McDonald’s, Chili’s, Pathmark and — yes, — the Weight Watcher’s headquarters are.
So you walk in the door and somebody shouts: “Two at the door!” (Or three, or four, or however many there are.)
I guess that’s to let the five trillion people behind the counter that they should get ready to make a couple burgers.
The menu. Very straightforward and simple.
The “regular” burger is actually a double burger. the “small” burgers are singles. Place your order along with what toppings you want. There are a ton of choices: lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, relish, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, jalapenos, etc. etc.
After your order you sit down and wait. It takes about 6 to 8 minutes for your food to be ready.
There are sacks of potatoes in the dining room. These will be cut up and fried in peanut oil later.
The burgers and fries come in paper bags. They fill the cup up with fries and then throw a few extra in the bag for good measure:
Ready to go:
Messy burger. The kind you really want to dig into:
There are regular fries and these Cajun fries.
I say stick with the regular. Not that they don’t taste good and spicy, it’s just I prefer a simple taste with my burger.
My husband’s burger, with lettuce, fried onions, pickles and jalapenos:
And my friend Matt’s burger. (I brought him one at work!)
The food is delicious. I gotta say, the burger-to-bun ratio is better with the single. I ordered a double, but I removed one of the patties after a couple bites. But if you’ve got a big mouth and you never want to say: “Where’s the beef?” then go right ahead and get the double! Whatever you do, get over to Five Guys and try it. You won’t be disappointed.