Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Five Guys Burgers and Fries - Fremont, CA

Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Fremont, CA has finally arrived on the west coast. I had heard good things, so I thought - despite its chainness - I would check it out. Located in one of those generic, California shopping strips, it was a 10-minute, three left turn exit from the freeway. Five Guys is stuck between a pizza place and some other chain store in a non-descript place. I entered and found the entry stacked with bags of potatoes. Everything was white or red. At least they didn’t add yellow like McDonalds or In-N-Out. It was only 11:45 AM, but there was a line. I waited 13 minutes to order. I took a seat at one of the cheapest tables and chairs I have ever seen. Five minutes later, my number was called.

Rather than a serve the food on a tray, it arrived in a brown bag. Inside was my burger, wrapped in foil and a mound of fries spilling over its cup. And about 10 napkins. A lot of trash generated for one burger.

Ok. Ok. What about the burger? I ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger ($6.49). It comes with two 3.5-ounce patties of fresh ground beef. (Not ground at the store I was told, but shipped in already ground.) The burger is quite a stack. I ordered the everything, which includes, American cheese, bacon, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, tomato slice, pickle slices, ketchup, mustard and mayo. The whole tower was nestled between a soft, white sesame bun which was toasted. Everything worked together quite well, with a pleasant blend of flavors. The beef was a little overcooked for my taste but had good flavor. The hand-shaped patty reminded me of a home-made burger. The thin bacon pieces were crisp. The onions sweet. The cheese was not completely melted. This was an ok burger, but I figured with all the signs in the restaurant proclaiming things like “Best Burger in Florida” and other such nonsense, that it would be exceptional. In-N-Out is better. Hands down. I would also prefer Nations, a local chain over this. Of course, they don't have those on the east coast.

The fries were medium cut with skins on. Like a lot of fresh–cut fires, they fry up brown, even though they aren’t overcooked. I am fine with that. But these were greasy, limp and not that great. They were hot though.

I suppose if I had walked into Five Guys without any expectations, I would have been impressed with the burger a little more. But the lousy location, long wait and mediocre presentation dragged down the whole experience.

Burger 3 spatulas out of 5
Fries 2 spatulas

Five Guys Burgers and Fries
43518 Christy St.
Fremont, CA 94538


MetroMulberries said...

Hah, synchronicity strikes again! My wife was just mentioning yesterday how we ought to take the boys to this "5 Guys" place she heard about at the gym. (At the gym! Great place for burger talk?)

Plumbing said...

Burgers are my favorite and it was really my taste haven. Thanks for sharing your this to all of us.

Lynne Knoop Dickison said...

Never been impressed with Five Guys. People from work would go there ALL the time. Best burger I've ever had was in Kauai...Duane's Ono-Char The Local Boy. Great burger, topped with fresh grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce. YUMMM. Check it out online....

ERP Systems said...

Food look delicious and hygienic

st. james said...

5 guys and in-n-out aren't comparable imo.... in-n-out is fast food, and 5 guys is fast casual... fast casual is supposed to be of higher quality than fast food... that being said, in-n-out holds its own very well with 5 guys.

Lahore said...

I’m only a few miles away from the first 5 Guys in Virginia. We definitely love our 5 Guys. Do the California 5 Guys have Old Bay seasoning for the fries? That is how we eat boardwalk fries in the EC.

Whatever happened to Hamburger Hamlet? Used to love that chain when I lived in SoCal and there were a few in the DC area years ago.

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