It looks like the predominantly East Coast eatery has made its way well into the West. Upon arriving, 5 Guys seems to have the color scheme of the very West coast hamburger joint, In-n-Out. The red and white tiles were really familiar. Perhaps this is why there is much talk about 5 Guys vs. In-n-Out. Without any suspense, let me just tell you. In-n-Out is better. Yeah, I am from the west, so of course I will be biased. I’m not saying 5 Guys makes horrible hamburgers — they are amazing. I don’t want this post to be some sort of comparison test. Maybe for a later date.
The taste of these burgers are one of a kind. Condiments include the normal ketchup mustard, and lettuce, but I got mine with bacon and jalapenos as well. The flavor profile was amazing — spicy from the jalapenos, and a little sweet from the grilled onions. I would have liked the bacon less crispy — I like bacon more on the chewy side than the cookie crisp side. The meat was superb, grilled on the flat top with a perfect crust. Though it was a little dry, I would have liked it a bit on the rare side. All in all, it was a solid burger.
The fries were okay. Yeah, just okay. It was kind of soggy — no crisp at all. The Cajun seasoning was really good on it, though not my cup of tea. The malt vinegar was good — mixing it with ketchup really made it really pop. I even experimented and made a trifecta sauce – ketchup, malt vinegar, and Cajun spices.
Basically, 5 Guys is a solid burger joint. Their burgers are flavorful and you have lots to choose from toppings wise. Free peanuts too. I wouldn’t say they have the perfect burger though. Maybe it’s the west coast in me. Maybe it’s because they charge a lot more than the other guys. Or it could be something as minuscule as them serving their burgers with cold buns. It must be a sign — Keep trying it until it hits me. Yeah, that must be it.