I first heard about Five Guys Burgers and Fries last year in a blog entry by the OC Register's Fast Food Maven. I've been meaning to try them for a while now, and after a Five Guys thread was started in the Main Lounge a couple of weeks ago, I needed one of their burgers. Stat.
The Cerritos location is 12 miles north west of Disneyland and not that much of a detour for anyone going to/from Disneyland from points north...like me! After a recent visit to the Happiest Place on Earth, I stopped here on the way home (the 5 N to the 91 W).
One of the better burgers I've ever had! It was really, really tasty and Five Guys will be added to the list of potential stops on my Disneyland trips. The customization of toppings is probably their biggest strength. I ordered a Hamburger (two patties) with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, mayo and mustard; regular fries and an iced tea.
Drink, fries, hamburger
The regular "Hamburger" comes with two patties. Both were slightly thicker than In-N-Out patties. If you want a single patty, you order a "Little Hamburger". And don't let the squashed bun in the photo above fool you. It was a good hamburger bun and held up well during the meal.
For my first taste of Five Guys, I went with standard condiment choices. However, you can choose to add all sorts of toppings including grilled mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, BBQ sauce, and A-1 Sauce. And most toppings are free. The only options that you pay extra for are cheese and bacon. You can see the full menu here on the Five Guys website.
The OC Register raved about Five Guys' fries and preferred them to In-N-Out Fries. The fries were yummy, but given a choice, I would pick In-N-Out Fries first. Five Guys also offer Cajun Style fries and provide bottles of malt vinegar if you roll that way (yes, I do).
I highly recommend Five Guys Burgers. But, any comparison to In-N-Out would have to include VALUE. And in that category, In-N-Out comes out ahead--by a wide margin. My hamburger, fries and soda (in the pictures above) cost a total of $9.39. At that price, Five Guys comes dangerously close to the pricing of "fast casual" establishments rather than "fast food". And with the economy the way it is today, that's a significant gap in price. I think the price takes into account that you could be ordering six or seven toppings with your burger, and yes, an order of fries is larger than In-N-Out's fries. But those higher prices have to be considered.
I'll close this post with just a few more pictures from my trip to Five Guys Burgers and Fries.