I recently had my first trip to Five Guys and did the normal burger, fries, and a drink. Cherry Coke if you were curious. I’ve enjoyed a lot of In-and-Out in my day, not just the restaurant mind you, so I was instantly familiar with the red and white checkered tile. You can see below exactly what I ordered.
And how much I payed. At In-and-Out this probably would have cost three or four dollars less, but this is SCIENCE so the extra dough need not be spared. The actual establishment wasn’t too bad. I thought the music was loud and I was confused by the seemingly random bags of potatoes scattered around. Perhaps I’m just an old fogie at 23. The food was good, the burger tasted exactly like In and Out to me, “fresh” beef or no. The big difference between the two are the fries. Oh, the heavenly delicious fries. Despite burning myself in an attempt to eat them, they are delicious. I find In-and-Out fries are only good until they get about room temperature, and you can forget about reheating them. Five Guys fries are delicious, for some reason they give them to you in a cup and half of them are in the bottom of your bag or covering your burger causing possible second degree burns but damn it I don’t care. A few things of note that I also liked. First was the recycled receipt paper, the lack of hidden scripture, and the cork boards around featuring customer art work,Despite all this, I wasn’t impressed with the overall experience. The food was too expensive for the taste and who opens a burger joint that doesn’t have fracking milkshakes? MILKSHAKES. If burger joints had a food pyramid it would have a burger on top being supported by fries and a milkshake. No shake, no perfectly crafted loving pyramid of perfection. I made an illustration to show my point. You think they would still be so happy without Mr. Milkshake?
So in the end I gorged myself on fries, ate half a burger and paid $10 for a $6 experience. I did edit my receipt to reflect how I felt after all that. There was a fly that kept landing in and around my food, FACT. Final verdict: Food was good, 35% chance of return due to available In-N-Out three miles away.