It doesn’t get much simpler than this. Order a hamburger or a hot dog. Choose your free toppings. Add your fries and a CokeÂ®.
That’s essentially the experience at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Of course, that’s after you have stood in line behind all the others who want their grease stained brown paper bag (their words, not mine!).
While the main choices are limited, the additions make for any number of interesting combinations. They offer 15 free toppings including grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, A-1Â® Sauce, BBQ sauce, and the traditional lettuce and tomato.
You can order a â€˜littleâ€™ burger, which means you just get one of the meat patties instead of two. Everything else is the sameâ€”the sesame seed bun, the fresh meat, the great flavor.
The signs are designed to explain the basics. â€˜We cook all our meat juicy and well done,â€™ for example. â€˜100% American meatâ€™, and â€˜Never Frozen.â€™ Even the promotional gear comes with a touch of humorâ€”hats and shirts are available, â€˜Ketchup and Mustard not included.â€™
The process is more assembly line than most burger joints, starting with the meat. It’s essentially thrown on the grill and attacked with a flat iron, with an immediate sizzle rising up from the grill. It moves to bacon and toppings, then to a wrap station, and into that brown paper bag.
Adding to the grease stains are the extra fries that are thrown in on top of the orderâ€”so, you get your burger, a full container of double fried French fries, and a handful more for good measure.
They have the system down, and deliver on just plain old-fashioned flavor.