Try Something New: Five Guys

Loaded with toppings, it has everything a burger lover could want.

Ok, this is absolutely not a new vegetable or even something healthy. But with Five Guys burgers finally making it to the Bay Area, we had to give it a try.

What? I can’t eat a burger? Come on….

The first thing you need to know is that the standard burger is actually a double, and if you want a single you have to order a “little hamburger.” The second thing is that one order of regular fries is more than the three of us can eat in a single sitting.

Five Guys burgers are much bigger and meatier than your usual fast food patty. My husband compares it to more of a Fuddrucker-sized burger than an In-n-Out burger. They have a ton of toppings to choose from, including fast food exotics like grilled mushrooms and barbecue sauce. They also offer hot dogs that are pretty tasty, all things considered. And there’s malt vinegar for the fries, which is always a big hit for me.

Peanut carnage.

But the big highlight? The peanut bucket. Flying in the face of allergy-related peanut-free zones, Five Guys features a giant bucket of peanuts so you can munch while you wait for your meal.

And that brings me to the Tiny Kitchen Assistant. What did he eat? He completely ignored his hot dog, barely touched his fries, but happily spent close to an hour cracking shells and eating peanuts as hungry customers stalked us for our table. He now specifically asks to go back to the peanut restaurant.

Did. Not. Expect. That.

All in all, Five Guys is a decent place to go if you’re looking for a big, sloppy burger and are willing to wait in line to get it. But even if it takes a while for your food to come, you’ll always have the peanuts to keep you occupied.

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6 Responses

  1. Jim P says:

    Betty would eat at Five Guys?

    Love me a good burger. Not sure Five Guys qualifies.

    Different strokes.

  2. Alisa says:

    Consider where we are, Jim. California isn’t exactly known for decadent burgers. There’s a really great place in Oakland (Barney’s), but I can’t justify driving 30+ minutes for a burger. Five Guys is decent and local. They have vinegar for the fries and peanuts for the boy. That makes it a winner.

    Best burgers anywhere?

    #1: Sina’s in Wengen, Switzerland, of all places. I don’t know if it was the altitude or what, but that is still one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.
    #2: The Burger au Poivre at Elsa’s in Milwaukee
    #3: The Haven Burger, Haven Gastropub, Orange, CA

  3. Susan Murphy says:

    I actually don’t like burgers, but I LOVE Five Guys. I always get the “little” one, too–loaded with all the fixings. Oh, and Katie shares TKA’s love of the peanut bucket.

  4. Alisa says:

    I knew I couldn’t be the only one to like Five Guys. And I love that the kids are all about the peanuts!

  5. Jenny says:

    I love Five Guys! There is a time and a place for a good burger and I believe Five Guys delivers every time! Good place to indulge after a long run! 😉

  6. Alisa says:

    Hmm, I might need to look into Five Guys locations in or around SF for an after-Nike lunch!

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