Monday, January 11, 2010

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries - Fresh, Never Frozen


Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries

Located through out Orlando

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Food: 3.5
Price: Fair + (meaning it's a bit higher priced than other places)

The minute we landed in Orlando, we hit the mall to grab a few essential. Coincidentally it was also dinner time. We debated wither we should go and find a restaurant or just eat at the food court. Since we were all pretty hungry at the time, we decided just to stick with the food court.

I often do lots of research prior to my vacations, and would often make a list on a few local must tries. It just so happen the food court has one of these: Five Guys Burger and Fries. So deciding on what to eat was easy, but deciding what to have on my burger was not so much. They had a huge array of condiments to choose from and all of them are free at no extra charge (to be exact, there were 15 choices). Because of this, there are over 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys (so they claim on their website). Their patty is also made from fresh, never frozen ground beef. In fact, they don't have freezers at their restaurant at all.
I ended up ordering a cheeseburger with mayo, ketchup, grilled onion, grilled mushroom, lettuce, green pepper and tomato. I know I could have had everything, but I guess when it comes to burgers, I am a picky eater.
The patty may look thin, but there are actually 2 layers of it. There is one above the cheese and one below it. I gotta say this is about 3x the size of a Mc.D burgers. The can of pop beside it shows you how tall this burger stacked up to be. I had a hard time eating this, as I had to somewhat compress it down in order to take a bite with everything in it. The burger was definitely juicy and but they also packed on the grease. So I had a hard time distinguishing between the juicy factor and the grease factor. But I gotta give it to them, it was one tasty burger. All the vegetables were fresh, the raw ones were crispy and the grilled ones were soft. I especially liked the grilled mushrooms. The bun was toasted, but still soft and it certainly helped in sucking up some of the grease from the patty.
Since alot of people online also recommended their fries because it's homemade, so I had to test it out. They were 2 options, the five guy style or Cajun style. I asked the server about the difference, she said one is salt and vinegar and the other is Cajun powder, so I went with the latter. Honestly I thought the fries were okay, nothing that really stood out. The Cajun taste was a bit too strong in my opinion. The fries were also a little too crispy for my taste. But if you are someone who loves crispy fries with a twist, you should definitely try it out.

As I already mentioned, Five Guys is definitely not cheap, in fact it's actually quite pricey. All I had was the burger and fries above, and that alone came up to be $8.40 with tax. However their burger was definitely huge, I probably should have just skipped the fries, as I was way too full by the end of it. In fact, I don't think I finished the fries.

Overall, I would recommend Five Guys, as their burgers was definitely pretty good, if you don't consider the grease factor. But if you are counting calories, it would be a sin to eat one of these. So how many guys does it take to make a good burger? Apparently it takes five :)


Sherman Chan January 11, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Nice, you made it out to Five Guys! Nearest one here is in Portland I think. It's a similar concept to In-N-Out. However, I've yet to try Five Guys, I've heard differing opinions on the place. Some say it's not as good as In-N-Out. But, I would like to try it myself. Besides, it looks a bit different than In-N-Out, so it's probably not best to say one is better than the other, maybe they're just different.

Jenny January 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM

I haven't had the chance to try In-N-Out, but it's definitely on my list now.

Although Five Guys are good, but they are a bit greasy, maybe it has something to do with their beef, or they just greased up that grill really well. But I say definitely give them a try, I will be interested to hear about the comparison between the 2 burger joints Orlando Food Blog January 13, 2010 at 10:18 AM

it def is greasy sigh... whatre u up to in orlando?

Jenny January 14, 2010 at 8:11 PM

I was on vacation, Orlando is such a nice place for shopping and vacationing.

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