We've heqard alot about Five Guys Burgers in and around Washington DC/Virginia but had never tried them. After all, who wants to waste a DC meal period on a fast food burger during a visit. However, they have now arrived in Phoenix and Tempe so Friday I tried a brand new store on Bell Road.
First, I wouldn't call this fast food. It's more quick service with the burgers assembled to order. You place your order at the counter and wait to be called.
My initial take upon entering was very positive in the same manner as I find at In N Out and Chik Fil A. Clean, uncluttered, no posters Etc. a straight forward menu and employees that appear to be happy to see you and happy to be working there. I just don't ever get that at Taco Bell or Burger King (not that I am a frequent flyer at either of those but I do have kids...) and rarely at McDonalds.
The menu is about as basic as you can get. Burger, burger with cheese, burger with bacon, and burger with bacon and cheese. There are also little burgers presumably for the kids. They also have hot dogs (quite good I understand), soft drinks and fries. That's it. No salads, no "tortados," and not even milk shakes.
The basic burger is $4.99 and all toppings (except cheese and bacon) are complimentary. Grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms and the usual toppings are available. Fries are $2.99 for a regular and $4.99 for a large. My basic burger, small drink and regular fries cost $11.02 which was kind of surprising. The french fry order was huge. Easily enough to serve three and maybe even four guests so each of us ordering one regular order resulted in far more french fries in the trash than were consumed. I found the fries ok, but certainly not worth the price or the calories. The burger on the other hand, was excellent and a good value for $4.99. Big and juicy, I'd go back for just this and a soft drink and be very satisfied.
Not a gourmet burger and certainly not a gourmet burger setting but worth it when time, convenience and dollars are an issue. A huge step up from Burger King.
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