We are going to break some hearts today with our review of Five Guys. We have heard a lot of hype about how good Five Guys is, so we had to go check it out. They just opened a new location in Middletown, New York so we stopped by for lunch.
Five Guys opened it's first location in Arlington, Virginia in 1986 and since then they began to spread around the country and by 2003 they were in 46 states and 6 Canadian provinces. Their secret so to speak is serving only hand-formed burgers cooked to perfection on a grill along with fresh-cut fries cooked in pure peanut oil.
If you have never been to a Five Guys there are some things about the menu you need to know. The first thing is that the normal Five Guys burger comes with 2 burger patties. If you are only looking to order a single patty you need to order a Little Burger. You have the options of ordering a plain burger, cheeseburger, bacon burger and a bacon cheeseburger.
They also offer a plain hot dog, a cheese dog, a bacon dog and a bacon cheese dog. If you are not in the mood for meat you can order a veggie sandwich, a cheese veggie sandwich or a grilled cheese.
For all of your meals you have the option of adding any toppings you would like for free. These topping include mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, relish, chopped onions, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, A-1 sauce, BBQ sauce, or hot sauce.
After you navigate the menu and figure out what you want you then need to decide if you want any of Five Guys hand cut French Fries. You can order these plain or Cajun Style. They come in two sizes regular and large.
What We Ate:
Little Bacon Cheeseburger: with tomato, jalapeno, hot sauce and ketchup
Kosher Style Hot Dog: with mustard and ketchup
You are probably wondering what is with the peanuts. Well Five Guys has big containers full of peanuts for anyone to take while they wait for their orders to be made. Since everything is made fresh it can take a few minutes to get your food when the place is busy. We went in at lunch time and the place was packed so the peanuts came in handy and they were good.
We ordered regular size fries, but you would think we got a large. The nice thing about Five Guys is they give you an order of fries and them top you off with even more. A regular order is more than enough for 2 people. We have had the Cajun fries and they are pretty good also with a nice amount of spice.
The fries are fresh hand cut potatoes with the skin left on. We actually were not a big fan of these fries. They were under cooked for our taste and greasy. It may have been due to the amount of people ordering, but the fries should have been cooked longer to get a nice crisp. They also were not seasoned at all. We are not a huge fan of this type of fry to begin with so we may be a bit biased. People who like these types of fries have sad they Five Guys makes them well.
As for the burger the first thing you will notice is that it is not visually appealing. Even when eating in the restaurant the burgers are served wrapped in foil. As a result the burger is kind of mashed together. The toppings were all fresh and really helped to improve the burger. The burger patty was very greasy, but it had good flavor. It reminded us of a Wendy's hamburger. After a few bites we started to feel sick from all of the grease. After finishing the burger we did not feel good at all.
Like the burger, the hot dog was not very visually appealing. It was grilled on the flat top and actually had good flavor. Topped with ketchup and mustard we were pretty happy with the taste of this dog. We would definitely order this again.
After eating we did not feel good at all. The burger was just sitting in our stomach and our bodies were not happy. There was just too much grease in the burger.
Should Or Should Not Eat:
We are sorry to do this but Five Guys gets a Should Not Eat from us. We were overall just disappointed by our meal. The Five Guys hype machine is on over drive claiming to have the best burger and best fries all around the country but we disagree whole heartedly. The burgers are your classic fast food burgers grease included, but for double or triple the price. There was nothing special about the burger, except the ability to choose all of your toppings which were very fresh. The hot dog was tasty and if we were to go back to Five Guys for anything it would be for the Hot Dog. The fries were mediocre, not the best we have ever had but not the worst. They do however give you a ton of fries which is a nice touch for the price.
Five Guys in our opinion is a glorified fast food joint without a drive thru. This is no where close to the best burger we have ever had so we suggest being a bit skeptical if someone tells you Five Guys has the best burger. Feel free to try it for yourself but we warned you.
Middletown, NY: 469 East Route 211 > 851.341.0350