Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Am I burger fan? Not necessarily but I do enjoy a succulent and juicy slab of meat from time to time. After attending so many Burger Bashes how can I NOT be a burger fan? When they are good... they are GOOOOD! I am a picky eater and I make no exception for hamburgers because I rather have a steak than ground up meat. So I never actively seek a burger unless it has been around the block because I am not easy to please! What's all the buzz these days? Five Guys Burgers & Fries have moved to So Cal. With their most recent location in Huntington Beach I had to stop by since I was at another event nearby.
As you open the doors and walk in, the first things you see are not just the red and white tile decor but the massive amount of signs telling you how good their burgers are! Hmm... humble much? lol It's funny how much they are telling you who loves them. Plastered from wall to wall are magazine write ups and quotes. The lines are formed by using sacks of their special potatoes that they use for their fries.
So is all the hype true? Is it all just a gimmick? Does all the advertising in your face really work? Well...
I decided to try their 100% Fresh Beef burgers that are made with no fillers, no preservatives, and trans fat free. All their meat is cooked juicy and well done. You can choose your own toppings or even all of them and it is free. I decided on the Bacon Cheeseburger, $6.29, which has 2 thick patties. For my toppings I chose Mayo, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Grilled Onions, Grilled Mushrooms, and Ketchup. To be honest I do think the burgers are a bit pricey but at least it is one filled up burger. Open up wide to sink your teeth into this thick and juicy burger. They come wrapped up in foil so the burger gets a little scrunched but the size definitely did not shrink nor did it lose its flavor.
Did the gimmick work? After seeing those massive 50 lb. bags of potatoes I thought that their fries must be good! Right? Well I was greedy and got a Large Cajun Fries for $4.49 to munch on. I wasn't blown away by the fries. They were nice thick cuts but the flavor didn't stand out much. Also, those were some pricey fries man!
Don't forget to grab some peanuts to snack on while you wait for your burger!
All and all I enjoyed the burger. I know this is going to stir up some controversy but I think this is much better than In N Out but it is also much more expensive than In N Out... My whole meal with a drink ended up being $15 for burger, fries, and soda. Ouch! That was a dent in the wallet but nonetheless it was tasty! =) Am I willing to drive 30-40 minutes for this burger? Nah, but I left a happy customer and would come back if I am in the neighborhood.
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
18645 Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648