Let me start off by saying that yes, there are died in the wool fans of this place, if you are one of those, this is not meant as an insult to you.
Well, on the recomendation of a co-worker i decided to give the whole Five Guys experience a whirl. The place was clean, the workers were polite and smiley, and the place smelled amazing. To test the waters, I gave the standard bacon cheeseburger a go, and a regular house style fries as well. Bag in hand, I headed back to work, tried a few fries on the way back, and man were they awesome, tasty, crispy, and still had the skin on, lovely. I made it back, retrieved the burger and my hand was gleaming from all the peanut oil all over it, fair enough, it was covered in fries, and the bag was translucent. Upon unwrapping the burger, first impression kind of put me off, the sides were totally grease soaked and falling apart. The thing that really got me, was the taste, or lack there of, I’ve eaten loads of burgers in my time, and it’s safe to say I know what I like. The burgers are cooked to all hell, grey and tasteless, no seasonings to speak of, I’m not exagerating, brown on the outside, gray on the inside. McDonalds cheeseburgers had more taste oddly. A word on the bacon, beef jerkey, it was pretty bad.
I made it through half the burger, and in the trash it went, I gave it an honest go, but it just didn’t do anything for me in the least. Like I said, the fries were out of this world, but the overcooked burger was just plain bad. Mayve I’m jaded, maybe I just don’t “get it”. Am I insane? Maybe, but I think the hype surrounding this place may just be one of thos peer pressure things, because I mentioned it to a couple people around work, and they looked at me cross-eyed for throwing it out.
So, what do you all think, it this hype-induced let down, or is it possible that this place is just good and I’m biased?