Alright, wrong-coasters. Your bluff has been called. Five Guys has been moving into Southern California, and we finally managed to get there for lunch today.
Better than In-N-Out? Not hardly. The burgers are good, and the variety of toppings are a point in their favor, but In-N-Out still beats them on flavor. In fact, so does **The Hat **and Farmer Boys. Five Guys turns in a solid B+ burger, and that’s nothing to sneeze at, but transcendent it ain’t.
The fries, OTOH, beat In-N-Out hands down. Skin-on, cooked well and very generous servings get Five Guys a solid A in this category.
So for chain burgers, it goes:
3. Farmer Boys
4. The Hat
5. Five Guys
Now that that’s settled, we can address the minor questions of the day, like “Why would a benevolent God allow people to use mayo as a base for BBQ sauce?”
Five Guys has moved into the Chicago area and it sucks. They must be riding solely off their reputation because their burgers are insanely overpriced and not all that great. You do get a lot of fries. Yay. I can swing a dead cat and hit four burger joints that fill your bag with fries and they don’t charge you upwards of $10 for a basic combo. Fries are cheap… give me a half-decent burger and knock a few bucks off the price.
I went to a “Five Guys” the other day. I thought the burgers were fine, but I agree that In-n-out’s are better. I went for the cajun fries, which were terrible, so I’ll have to try the regular fries next time. One bonus, or at least it will be a bonus if the fries are good, is they give you about three pounds of them.
Nailed it. One of my Washington friends waa raving about Five Guys so I had to give it a chance. The burger was average at best, and I didn’t even like the fries (though i duh the amount). It has nothing on In N Out, which gives me a mouthgasm every time I go.
A Five Guys opened in Bellingham, and I’ve tried it. The burgers taste similar to Wendy’s. Which isn’t bad, mind. Just not ‘all that’. In-N-Out burgers are better. (And Fatburgers are better than In-N-Out. )
It’s easy for you CA pukes to lord it over the rest of us while you keep places like In N Out and The Hat all to yourselves. How are we supposed to make a comparison: mail order? It’s time to cut you bastards loose from the rest of the normal states.
I disagree. I’ve only eaten at four of them in the Chicagoland area, but their burgers are definitely top-of-the-charts when it comes to fast-food style burgers. They’re no In-N-Out, but they’re up there.
My fast food burger list:
As for fries, as far as I’m concerned, it’s Five Guys, McDonald’s, (both different enough styles) and then everybody else. I don’t know what “The Hat” is, though.