Five Guys Restaurant Review by Mari-Jo Lopez
With its vibrant 80’s decor and friendly service, Five Guys is a sure hit if you’re craving a fast meal. Step into this restaurant and you’ll be greeted with the fun red-and-white checkered counters and friendly staff. Five Guys is a fast-food restaurant serving hamburgers, French fries, hot dogs, and sandwiches. With over 625 locations, it is definitely a popular stop for a quick meal, which is understandable considering all of its assets.
Five guys serves freshly made hamburgers, French fries, hot dogs, and sandwiches. The chain stands firmly in not serving frozen foods, which is comforting considering the amount of chemicals that are used to preserve frozen foods in normal restaurants. Although it is simply hot dogs and hamburgers, according to the Five Guys’ website, there are over 200,000 ways to eat a Five Guys’ burger. If that’s not variety, I don’t know what is! All of their vegetables are freshly cut, and you can even see the giant bags of potatoes stacked up behind the counters waiting to be turned into the popular Cajun French fries. As well as being fresh, the portion sizes for the meals are immense considering how much they cost.
The first time I ever went to Five Guys, I took one look at the prices and wanted to leave. Five dollars and thirty-seven cents for a burger seemed completely absurd considering just down the street I could have gotten a cheese burger for a dollar. But once I got my order, I realized just how worthy it was. The burgers are huge, and Five Guys loads the take-out bags with tons of delicious French fries. The meal is enough to fill you up for most of the day, which is why the moderate prices shouldn’t be bothersome.
One issue Five Guys does present is eco-friendliness. The food is wrapped in aluminum foil and placed into paper bags. If it were possible, it would be great for them to use eco-friendly materials because after all, they do sell a lot of meals daily. If the chain were eco-friendly, it would improve its image and encourage customers to take on that eco-friendly attitude as well.
When going out to eat, many people are concerned with counting calories. If you’re one of those people, this is definitely not the place for you. A regular burger from Five Guys is packed with 840 calories, and a large order of fries will fill you up with about 570 calories. If Five Guys were a little more conscious about the methods used to cook and just how many calories are in the foods, it would probably be able to draw members from health conscious audiences considering food is tasty and wholesome and the prices are moderate.
Another negative to aspect to the food at Five Guys would be the allergens aspect. The establishment does not have signs or any information on its website about whether or not the foods are gluten free. The restaurants also have a fun peanut station set up for customers to have a quick snack while waiting in line, which can sometimes get extensive considering how very few Five Guys restaurants there are in Connecticut. This peanut station poses a threat to anyone with peanut allergies because there is virtually no way of avoiding it. If Five Guys added an allergen list and made it available so people with allergies could see the ingredients, it would draw a much larger crowd or at least a more knowledgeable one.
The staff at Five Guys is some of the most friendly staff at a fast food restaurant I’ve ever come in contact with. They are more than willing to give you information on how their menu works and what the options are. They are patient and inviting, which is always a plus considering most fast food places are focused on getting you in and out as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, getting in and out of the restaurant in a timely fashion rarely happens. Although there are 14 Five Guys restaurants located in Connecticut, they are quite small in size. On the weekends or around dinnertime, they are the hot spot for meals. For that reason, if you’re going to get a burger at Five Guys, don’t go on a complete empty stomach or you’ll be munching on peanuts for about 15 minutes before getting your order. Fast food isn’t necessarily what you’re going to be getting.
Overall, Five Guys is a great bang for your buck. It’s got delicious food, a wide variety, moderate prices, and fun friendly service. Just be careful if you’re health conscious or don’t want to wait around. If so, this place may not be for you.