Sometimes I almost wish that people didn't tell me when they think things rock. Because, well, when I know that so-and-so thinks that XYZ is the greatest place EVER, then, well, I expect it to be the greatest place EVER. And most of the time, it's not. At least for me.
Such is the case with 5 Guys Burgers and Fries. For over a year now, I've been hearing how delicious these burgers are-how it's like they have "crack" in them, or something and how I basically should be dead because I haven't yet had one. Well yesterday, I had one and surprise, surprise, it wasn't orgasmic.
Which, by the way, I still maintain that if your food is better than sex, you're sleeping with the wrong person...but I digress. (Sorry Auntie! :)
So...these burgers. It was OK. The actual burger was thin and sort of tasteless. I was expecting that rich, fatty beef taste you get when eating a freshly ground beef burger, but alas, it wasn't there. The roll was good, though-it was fresh and soft and had sesame seeds on it, which is always a plus in my book. Another plus is the fact that all toppings are free (with the exception of, I think, bacon). So I ordered sauteed onions and mushrooms with ketchup in addition to the bacon that I ordered.
Let me say that it wasn't a bad burger. It was tasty, but it was not, by any means, awesome or the best burger (or even the 2nd best) I've ever had. And I maintain that part of the reason I feel this way is because my expectations were ridiculously high.
Another thing that really upset me (OK, not really...we are, after all, talking about burgers and fries) was the fries. I didn't like 'em. They were very....bland. I should have opted to get the Cajun seasoned fries but honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the Cajun seasoning, so I went plain. Plain fries rock my world when done right. If they were a tad bit crunchier and were seasoned with salt when they left the fryer, I think they'd have been better. But they weren't. And so I was left with literally half a bag of unseasoned (and therefore uneaten) fries.
After I ate, I noticed that they have boxes full of peanuts which customers can eat while they wait. The box, however, was set on top of a garbage can. So...um...not very appetizing. So it was OK that they weren't advertised well because I wouldn't have eaten them anyway. But if they were placed differently, it would have been a cool idea.
It's wrong that I felt as though I should have gotten a hot dog instead of my burger. Because, you know, it's called 5 Guys Burgers and Fries...
If I were with friends, and they wanted to go eat here, I'd go again. But I'd ask for salty, well done fries. And I'd probably get the dog.