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Five Guys, Broad St/35 Shrewsbury, NJ

jrvedivici | Feb 12, 201406:47 AM

I have only eaten 5 Guys one other time when my wife brought it home unbeknownst to be where the burgers were from, I ate mine it was “fine”. Nothing good nothing bad about it average at best. There was nothing to ever motivate me to try them again. Well last night a change of plans, my wife wasn’t home so I asked my son what he wanted me to bring home for dinner, his request 5 guys. This was my first time ever venturing into one.

First I’ve got to say I can’t believe how limited the menu is. Literally just 4 types of burgers in regular or small size, other than that there are a couple of hot dogs (this actually appealed to me more than the burgers) and a single lonely veggie burger. I cannot imagine how ANY vegetarian would go to 5 Guys for a veggie burger. I cannot see how any non vegetarian would ask for a veggie burger, this place is the last place in the world anyone would ever order a veggie burger. I imagine they have it on the menu and every new store gets one morning star veggie patty that sits in the freezer alone. Like the fat kid in gym class when it’s time to pick dodge-ball teams, every time the door opens the veggie burger raises his hand {{pick me….pick me….}} only to be over looked for it’s full meat classmates and the door closes leaving it in the cold darkness for eternity. Sorry I digress…………

So I get a bacon cheese burger for my son, a bacon cheeseburger for me and a bacon hot dog with two orders of fries. Total; $28.95 !?!?! 2 Burgers 2 Fries 1 Hot Dog, $30+-? I take them to go, get home and wait to really see what 5 guys is all about. Well I’ve got to tell you this, the burgers are prepared on a flat grill, not my favorite preparation, but nothing wrong with it either…..but because they pack/wrap the burgers in foil immediately off the grill, by the time I got home everything was a steamy mushy mess. The roll, which didn’t seem that impressive, to begin with kind of melted into the meat, the cheese has oozed all over everything and the toppings, lettuce, tomato and jalapeño’s were all steamed/soggy. The burger was honestly just a hot mess of goop. The hot dog was truly sub par, I would take a brown wrinkly one of the 7-11 roller thing before this hot dog. The quality (or lack there of) the dog was poor, and the bacon was obviously pre-cooked and heated up for the order. It was terrible. The fries, although fresh cut etc. were rather soggy and flavorless (unsalted I guess). For $30. I have no idea what the attraction is to this place.

If you were to go to Mc Donalds and get one of their premium burgers it would be half the price and of far better quality, in my opinion. Perhaps because Mc Donald’s uses paper wrappers instead of foil, I’ve never had a melted goop burger from Mc Donalds. The buns on their higher end burgers are far superior as well. I won’t get into the nutritional debate on Mc D vs. 5 Guys, I’m just nothing from a price point I don’t see the attraction of 5 Guys at all.

To give an idea how I look at it, this past Sat. I took my father to the All Seasons Diner in Eatontown for dinner. He was in the mood for a burger; I was not, so the diner is always a good compromise. He had a cheeseburger deluxe and I had Chicken Cordon Blu. (Say what you want about me I’m fascinated at how dinners can bastardize this dish, I love it!!)

Mine came with soup AND salad AND desert $15.95, his was $9.00 with fries, cole slaw and pickle. $24.95…sit down dinner. Gourmet, no of course not, but how in the hell do you justify paying $30. for goop when you can actually have decent meal served to you for an equal price? Don’t ask me the allure of 5 Guys.

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