The first time I heard of Five Guys Burgers and Fries was when a friend came back from the States and raved about this burger. The next time was when the same friend called to let me know that Five Guys was coming to Canada.
When it (finally) opened I drove to the one and only location at the time and tasted the burger for myself. I was instantly a fan and before long there was a location in my neighbourhood and then two and now they have popped up all over the GTA (and Canada) and I have been going back ever since.
This time I arrived with the knowledge I would be writing a review afterwards. I arrived at my local Five Guys, in Woodbridge, and stood in line to order. Now if you’ve never been to a Five Guys I’ll tell you there is almost always a line. And when in said line it gives you a chance to look over the establishment.
The design is simple, red and white and no other colours (okay black too) and signage along the walls with articles and quotes about the place, all raves of course. The menu is listed at the top of the order counter. Fries, burgers, dogs, veggie sandwiches (basically a patty-less burger), water and pop. That’s the whole menu. They have a variety of toppings, traditional and not. Jalapeño peppers, mushrooms, sauteed onions, steak sauce and green peppers to name a few of the non trads. You can also see the burgers being cooked. They look like fresh formed beef patties(with a dose of seasoning), not frozen and they are pre-smashed and put on a flattop where they are smashed one more time and cooked to well. The fries come in 3 sizes, cajun or regular.
When it was my turn to order I chose the regular burger (option of little, which is a single patty) which is two patties, little non-cajun fries and a coke. The usual toppings applied: lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, pickle and mustard. Now I’ve been here before so I know to order the fries little. A medium (or regular) is gigantic and fills the brown paper bag the burger and fries come in. While waiting for the burger to cook you could continue reading the reviews on the walls or, like me, play on your phone while eating the free peanuts they provide. After about 6 minutes my number was called; my burger was ready.
Firstly, a note on the fries and how they were. They were amazing today. Amazing!!! They are always good but these were exceptional. Fried in peanut oil they were cooked perfectly and were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and tasted unbelievable. Now these fries can be a little inconsistent, not they are ever bad, but they are never the same as before and that’s due to the fact that the potatoes used are sourced somewhat locally, are never frozen and change suppliers weekly or sooner.
Now onto the burger.
When I imagine what a perfect burger should taste like and feel like in my mouth it used to be very hard to explain. But thanks to Five Guys it has become easy. Five Guys makes the perfect burger. The. Perfect. Burger. The patty is juicy and tender but not too juicy and not too tender, it’s chewy while at the same time it melts in your mouth. The bun is exceptional and is probably the best burger bun I have ever had. It is made exclusively for Five Guys and it rocks. It’s doughy and soft and yummy and it holds together for the entire length of your burger eating experience.
Then there is the toppings. I gots to throw out a nod to whoever decided to put the ketchup and mustard on both the top and bottom of the bun. Why doesn’t every body do this? Then there is the crisp and fresh lettuce, the tasty and juicy sliced tomatoes and the chopped (the best way) onions. And the pickles are pickle perfection. It’s a perfect pickle that compliments the burger and makes a great snack on the side when they (if they) fall out onto the tin foil wrapper the burger comes wrapped in.
All together this all combines into burger bliss. The two patties together make a perfect size burger that is just the right size for the heavenly bun. The toppings are as fresh as you can get and the quality is amazing in regards to every aspect of the product. Plus they serve Coke and it makes the experience even more pleasurable.
With over 1000 locations in North America, Five Guys is a giant chain that has done something right. There are of course haters out there but do not listen to them as this is burger magic. Sure there are small places out there (like Burger’s Priest and Holy Chuck) but let’s see if they can keep the consistency and quality that Five Guys does when and if they make it to 500 locations, let alone 1000.
Lastly, my burger meal today came to just under fifteen bucks. It ain’t cheap but it’s not the most expensive burger out there either. I’d rather pay the five bucks more for this burger any day of the week over something like Wendy’s or MacDonald’s because Five Guys is worth the extra money. I’ll definitely be back many times and if history has shown anything it’s that I’ve been back more times than I can count.
Out of 7 Five Guys Burgers and Fries scores 7