Five Guys is a restaurant/takeaway, just a little more pricey than your average takeout and it screams America. Five Guys started out in Virginia back in 1986 when the Murrell family opened their first burger joint (Five Guys because there are five brothers). Their goal was to have burgers and fries cooked to perfection and what a brilliant formula it turned out to be. Forget all of the processed crap you eat at McDonalds; this is the real deal. With no freezers on site, everything is freshly made and hand cooked to your style.
When I first walked into Five Guys, I was a little overwhelmed by how busy it was and my anxiety levels fluctuated for a while. Everywhere you look, it’s red and white chequered tiles with breakfast bars and staff wearing little hats, the only things it’s missing is rollerskates! We ordered our food just before we got there on Five Guys website so we could collect it as soon as we arrived which worked out so much faster so I’d recommend doing that if you’re arranging to go at peak times.
When you sit down, you’ll notice that bags of peanuts line the whole restaurant, and there’s loud music which gives it a lot of character. I ordered a hot dog, known as a cheese dog and Lewis ordered the cheeseburger and a large fries plus drinks. You can help yourself to peanuts, and the drinks are free refills (YAY).
Now, the drinks are pretty impressive, and you will go up about 6 times to get a refill. Think of your favourite fizzy drinks, from Fanta to Coca-Cola and think of every possibility that can go with that, raspberry, lime, orange, vanilla, cherry. God, the list is endless, and you keep wanting to try all of these combinations whether they’re disgusting or not! The machines are touch-screen, and all of the options are looking right at you; however, I have to admit that my favourite combo was the Schweppes Raspberry!
Now for the food! I’m not a burger girl so went with a hot dog and loaded it with cheese and grilled onions, of course, you can’t forget the ketchup. Yes, it’s greasy goodness, but it can’t hurt you once in a while. The first bite I took, I was impressed, the meat was high quality with no nasties, and everything was served in generous amounts. As for the chips, they’re cooked in peanut oil and have a crispy crunch to them which makes them tingle the taste buds, however, if you have a nut allergy, please avoid this place at all costs! As for Lewis’ burger, it speaks for itself really, I mean, who wouldn’t love a bite of that?
After trying several combinations of drinks, cracking into peanuts with shells drowning the table and an empty paper bag, we were unable to move. This would be the best takeout experience I’ve had, purely for the quality of the food and you certainly get what you pay for. The atmosphere is a taste of America, and you won’t be disappointed.