Five Guys, one awesome burger

I’m not a big burger and fries guy. However, even I know that this is what a hamburger is supposed to look like.

Sure, it’s not perfect. It’s sloppy, even. But, man, does it have the two things sorely missing from those assembly line burgers: taste and charm.

Five Guys is the rare burger chain that sticks to a small menu and makes everything fresh (In-N-Out Burger, which hasn’t made it to this coast yet, is another). There’s a list of free toppings (including more than the standard lettuce and tomatoes) and every burger has two freshly cooked patties.

The fries look ugly too. But don’t be afraid: they’re actually made out of potatoes. Throw on a little bit of salt and malt vinegar (provided, natch) and you can enjoy these “chips” in true British style. As far as I’m concerned, they could wrap the entire package up in newspaper (like the UK’s traditional fish & chip stands) and I’d count it as my roughage for the day.

Actually, I’m surprised you’ve even read this far. I still can’t get past that picture.

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