There are exceptions to every rule. We all have them, big ones and small ones. Even exceptions to the “thou shalt not eat at chains” rule which I try to follow as much as possible. But just like every other rule I’ve known since I was kid, I’ve broken this one, too. And frankly, I’d break it a lot more if I was a west sider.
If you’ve had a burger and fries from Five Guys you know exactly why this rule is so enjoyable to break. I had my first encounter to these addicting burgers last year while vacationing in the Outer Banks. We had just finished attempting hang gliding when my brother-in-law suggested grabbing a quick lunch at the local Five Guys. When I questioned what exactly was this place, I was received with a lot of blank and confused looks, as if I was the only person to never have experienced one of their burgers.
After one bite of that burger I was sold on the Five Guys phenomenon – and I’m not even a big meat eater. That stop was worth the borderline hell of my first attempt at hang gliding (the 20 seconds in the air was great, it was everything else – equipment, extreme heat, no water and high dunes that were not meant to be hiked by me – that were miserable).
A few days ago I was coming back from a client meeting in Sandusky. On the way back, I stopped in Avon to pick up a few burgers and fries for dinner. When I called Jamie to tell him where I just was, all he said was you better not be joking. He opened up the door as soon as he heard the garage door open!
You can get any number of options at Five Guys, but I prefer the little cheeseburger (the regular one is way too big to even attempt to eat) with lettuce, onions, pickles, tomatoes, ketchup and mustard plus a regular fry – which if you’ve been there, you know usually ends up being a large plus fry.
Like I said before, I am not a huge fan of meat (with a few exceptions). I rarely eat chicken (never liked the taste) or steak and only on occasion will order a burger. However, if I lived close to a Five Guys, I could easily overdose on these burgers.
I don’t know what makes them so good or so special, but they just are. They are cooked and seasoned perfectly every time and always leave me wanting more. I will probably get a lot of flack for this, but I can honestly say in my opinion, this place makes the best burger – chain or not.