Today I had lunch at Five Guys Burgers and Fries at their newest location in Marlborough. Today was opening day for them. There was a small line that went out the door but it moved quickly and there was also a short wait while each order was prepared.
The menu is limited; they offer burgers with a variety of free toppings, fries, soda w/ free refills and other drinks, hot dogs, and a veggie burger. The burgers come in two sizes: regular, which is two patties; and little, which is one patty. The fries come in two styles--- regular and cajun---and are cooked in peanut oil, which I think adds a nice flavor to them. The fries portion size is really generous, a regular size order is enough for two people. The only downside to the menu is that they don’t have shakes or onion rings, I’m disappointed, but I’ll get over it.
The food follows the current practice for these types of fast food restaurants, everything is totally fresh and made on site, and nothing is pre-frozen or sits under heat lamps. You can see and taste the freshness.
The atmosphere is no frills and there is plenty of seating. 80s rock played on the PA system. I felt the interior gave off a 50s vibe. The kitchen is open and you can see the food being prepared. The kitchen is filled with busy employees manning the equipment and working with assembly line efficiency. While I was waiting in line, one of the owners worked the line asking customers if this was their first time at a five guys, if it was, he explained the menu to you. The cashier who took my order did the same thing. And, as you wait in line, there are shelled peanuts to munch on.
I do have to mention a WARNING…the place is not peanut allergy friendly. They cook in peanut oil, and as mentioned above, they have peanuts to much on while waiting in line.
The price is comparable to similar places, I paid $10 and change for a two patty cheeseburger, regular size fries, and a medium soda.
I feel that Five Guys is on par with In-N-Out Burger on the West Coast and they are better than UBurger. The usual fast food burger places, McD’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc. pale in comparison.
This is a burger place you have to check out for yourself.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
197 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752