I know, I know – Five Guys isn’t a secret. But I eat a lot of burgers and Five Guys burgers are really good. So this post is my way of paying homage to one of the best burgers around.
I had my first five guys burger a few months after moving to Washington DC in 2005. I had just finished a 10,000 mile road trip with my friend Jim, during which among other things I had my first In and Out Burger – the Five Guys of the west coast. The two share many similarities – fresh beef, fresh cut fries, a cult following. So in the span of a few months I had two of the propritedly best chain burgers out there. The verdict? Well, I love the many great burgers out there at one-of-a-kind restaurants like Spike’s Good Stuff Eatery, Red Rabbit, etc. And although In and Out Burger has animal sauce and milkshakes, Fives Guys wins for me.
Burgers can be ordered as a little or regular, with or without bacon and cheese. Toppings are free and unlimited, including lettuce, tomato, onion, grilled onions, mushrooms, ketchup, mayonase, mustard, steak sauce, BBQ sauce, and I’m sure a few more. Burgers are grilled when ordered, and wrapped in tin foil. Fries come sm and lg, with sm being large and the lg being huge – enough for at least two to three people. I suggest getting the Cajun fries. Because everything is cooked when ordered, you have to wait a few minutes. But good news, there are peanuts for your eating pleasure. Seating and soda is self serve. The there’s lots of ketchup and malt vinegar to go around.
In fact, Val and I like Five Guys so much, we went there for Valentine’s Day! We normally go to the one located in Silver Spring near Cherry Hill Road, but there’s lots to choose from.