Where: 1051 South 750 East, Orem, UT (near the University Mall Theater)
Distance: 2.5 Miles
Restaurant Type: National Chain (over 1000 locations in more than 40 states)
My Frequency: About 20 times
Who: Collin, Scott, and John
Food: Bacon Cheeseburger (All the Way except no Ketchup or Mustard with A1 Sauce) and a Regular Fry
Price: $11.09 (for the burger $6.89 and fry to share $2.99)
I first heard about Five Guys from my good friend Tom. He's from Virginia (where it started) and is a big fan. I was skeptical because of how much I love Fuddruckers, but was up for giving Five Guys a chance. I didn't love it at first, but it's grown on me and now I occasionally crave it. Living in DC definitely helped my love of Five Guys since they are everywhere in DC including the Nationals Stadium. Nothing felt more American than eating a Five Guys Burger while watching baseball in our nation's capital. Good times.
The menu is very basic. You have basically have burgers, dogs, sandwiches, and fries. I've always ordered a burger, but the size and toppings are what you have to decide. The little bacon cheeseburger may make you sound like a wussy, but it's actually a pretty good sized burger. I only get the regular bacon cheeseburger if I'm starving. You can get whatever toppings you like, all for free.
One unique thing about Five Guys is that you get to eat peanuts while waiting. It's nothing crazy, but just enough to hold you over. Look for the boxes near the entrances. I normally get two cardboard containers: one for peanuts and one for the shells after I've eaten them. If you're deathly allergic to peanuts, I'm sorry, but this isn't your place probably.
One of my favorite parts is that everyday they post where the potatoes come from. It's almost always somewhere in Idaho (go figure), but since my sister lived there I sometimes know some of the smaller places where they get their spuds. It's just nice to know that your fries are fresh.
... So fresh that you can see bags of potatoes throughout the store. Also, the walls are loaded with awards because Five Guys has a reputation, especially in the east. It's spreading, but still stronger at its roots.
I love how many fries you get. I got a regular fry to share, which is plenty for two—almost three—people. They don't just fill the cup with fries, they load the bag. What you see is just what's left over after I took out the cup of fries. There are so many fries it's hard to get the burger out sometimes. Once I do, I tear the bag down to the fries, eat mine from there and give someone else the cup of fries to eat.
I used to think that vinegar was cleaning product since we kept it under the kitchen sink. I was honestly scared of salt and vinegar chips or vinegar on anything. Tom and Five Guys changed this for me. These fries are dang good by themselves or with just ketchup, but add some vinegar and you're in heaven. You can either put it right in your ketchup or sprinkle it on the fries. Normally fries don't wow me very much, but I'd go to Five Guys just for the fries. They have a great fresh potatoey flavor.
I've said so much about the fries that I haven't even told you about the burger. This isn't the best picture of their burgers. This one is actually rather messy. I really enjoy the burgers. They have some of the freshest ingredients, and the meat is cooked just right for me. The bun isn't anything special, but is sturdy enough for the juicy burgers and toppings.
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I really love everything that I've had at Five Guys. My only "regret" is that I've never tried the hot dogs. Also, my biggest complaint against Five Guys is that they don't have shakes or ice cream. They focus on doing well with what they do have, but I think that offering ice cream desserts would enhance the menu.
Good Choice. Without Fuddruckers in the picture, this may be my favorite burger joint. I love almost everything about them and know that I'll be happy every time I go. You can also order online or with their mobile app if you're in a hurry and want it ready when you get there. I do that sometimes if I'm at Costco and want to grab it on my way home.