Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries
138 Montague St, Brooklyn Heights, NY
132-01 14th Ave, College Point, Queens NY
450 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack NJ
Web Site: http://www.fiveguys.com
Related Post: Matt Jacobs’ Five Guys review at New York Metromix
Like many Americans, I’m in love with hamburgers, and whenever I see a new hamburger place I’m ready to pounce. This weekend, the DelMarVa/Washington DC chain Five Guys, which has 180 stores nationwide, opened up two new locations in the NY Metro area, one in Brooklyn and one in Hackensack, NJ. Five Guys is known for their simple, no-nonsense burger menu and excellent French Fries (sorry, no shakes or onion rings, folks.)
The Five Guys store, opening day on July 1, 2007, at the Home Depot/Pathmark/Staples Shopping Center in Hackensack.
Five Guys is pretty no-frills in terms of decor or branding — its a simple, old school, clean, what you see is what you get kind of a hamburger chain. Five Guys is also not in the practice of advertising whenever they enter a new market, its success as a chain has been almost entirely by word of mouth.
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The Five Guys menu is decidedly minimalist.
One of the main hallmarks of the franchises is that roasted peanuts are provided all over the store for patrons to munch on while they are waiting for their burgers, which take an average of about 7 minutes to cook.
A regular order of Five Guys fries, which are twice cooked in high quality peanut oil, Ocean City Boardwalk style. The potatoes (huge 50lb sacks of which are strewn about the restaurant) are sourced from all across the US, and the Potato variety currently being used is posted for everyone’s reference.
A Bacon Cheeseburger, ordered with cooked onions, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard. All the burgers are served wrapped in aluminum foil and packed in brown paper bags, irregardless if they are ordered to go or to eat-in. The paper bags are ripped open and used as placemats on the tables to eat on.
Here’s another bacon cheeseburger, with barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato and raw onion. Note that the sesame seed buns are a proprietary recipe baked exclusively for Five Guys.
A bacon cheeseburger with hot sauce on the side.
The “Regular” burger by default is made with twin 3.3 oz burger patties, which are composed of 80 percent lean ground beef which has never been frozen. While they don’t ground the meat onsite, they get deliveries of fresh meat every day. All the burgers are cooked “Well Done” according to the signage, but I would characterize them more as “cooked through” than cooked to death — they are still plenty juicy and the burgers are delicious. It should be noted that the ground beef is also not seasoned prior to cooking, unless you order it “Cajun” style.
Bacon Cheeseburger with Raw Onion, Fresh Jalapenos and A1 Sauce.