Five Guys Burgers and Fries, located in the Ocean Ranch Village, was our destination this week. Unbelievably, I have never been to any Five Guys, so I thought it was high time to give them a try. The restaurant is brightly lit and decorated with their signature red and white color scheme throughout. On a low bench, are large bags of potatoes, used to form a low partition, and also to show that the potatoes they use for their French fries are fresh and not frozen. They even have a chalkboard indicating where the potatoes from that day are grown.
We walked up to the counter to order. The menu hangs above the counter and is quite simple. They offer burgers in the regular size (2 patties) or “little” (1 patty). You can get either size plain, with cheese, with bacon, or with bacon and cheese. Hot dogs also come plain, with cheese or with cheese and bacon. If you are looking for something else, there is a veggie sandwich, a cheese and veggie sandwich and grilled cheese. Of course there are also fries, regular or Cajun-style. Burgers are made to order and customers can add any or all of the available toppings without charge. Toppings include: mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, relish, onions, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, A-1 steak sauce, BBQ sauce, and hot sauce.
What I appreciated most about the menu was that the calories for each item were so clearly indicated. Even though these menu items are not particularly “healthy”, this information allows customers to make informed choices. We opted to skip the fries after seeing that the regular size contains 620 calories.
While waiting for our order, I noticed some boys eating peanuts in the shell at a nearby table. I asked them where they got those, and they indicated a large cardboard box near the entrance. Customers can serve themselves peanuts with little paper containers straight from the box. We noticed that every kid that came in seemed to have a lot of fun getting peanuts for their table, and we enjoyed them too.
In just a few minutes, our burgers were ready. They came wrapped in foil in a brown paper bag. Inside the foil, our burgers looked good and were just as we had ordered. The buns, covered in sesame seeds, were soft and fresh. The burgers looked hand-formed, and tasted much more like a homemade burger than you get at most restaurants. Since our son was home from college for a few days, we got him a burger and fries to go. His meal survived the ride home and was still hot when we arrived. We shared a few of his fries, which were delicious, crispy and hot. I think part of the reason the fries contain so many calories, is because the size of the regular order is enormous.
We enjoyed our meal at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Although it would be nice to have a few more menu options, if you are in the mood for a fresh and tasty burger, a hot dog, or a veggie sandwich in a casual, family-friendly environment, this is a nice spot. Five Guys is open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
I give Five Guys Burgers and Fries 3 ½ Patches out of 5.