Menu Mining: 5 Guys sure ain’t no In and Out…

5 Guys Burger and Fries
5 Guys Burger and Fries

The arrival of 5 Guys burger joint is beginning in the LA area.  The 5 Guys is a big deal back east and I don’t get the draw.  Are they that lacking in burger joints that this place really does that well?  I’m a bigger fan of the original Fat Burger and Tommy’s with the well seasoned and aged grills than even the famed In and Out Burger so when the chance to try one came up I did so this week.

So what to you get for your money?  A burger that is actually pretty decent, not quite an In and Out or the other locals I just enumerated, but decent enough.  They are pricey though.  For our family of 4…2 large burgers, 2 singles, large fries (which is big enough for all 4 to have left overs) and 3 drinks the tab came to $32 which is just a bit much for just a decent burger.  Let’s face it times are tough and the same meal from In and Out would have been around $20 and I can’t justify the difference in price by taste alone.

Anyone else tried them out?  What did you think?  Do the established locals like In and Out have anything to worry about?

11 Replies to “Menu Mining: 5 Guys sure ain’t no In and Out…”

  1. I went down to Carson to try one a year or so ago. I remember it being decent, and thinking I’d try them again if I didn’t have to drive to Carson to do so. Now that they’re springing up in the L.A. area I’ll definitely go back.

    I don’t know why we always have to compare burger places. When you want a fast food burger, do you ALWAYS go to In-N-Out? Sometimes you want a Tommy’s burger or a Western Bacon Cheeseburger or, if you’re into this sort of thing, a Whopper. 5 Guys was certainly good enough the throw into the rotation.

  2. Boring rant. I dont get the people here complaining about other burger joints. If in and out is your thing (its not mine at all and I wont rag), the world doesn’t really care.

  3. nobody eats more ground beef than LA. This city is full of burger and donut joints. The east coast is just more into pizza so 5 guys is a step up from McDonalds. Would be nice if someone besides Tops offered a turkey option.

  4. There’s been a Five Guys out in Thousand Oaks for a while, too. Slightly easier for me than Carson, but still not ideal. Where was the one you visited, Fraz?

  5. Actually, I prefer 5 Guys mostly because they have bacon for their burgers and I like their fries better. I’ve never been a big fan of In-and-Out.

  6. Finally tried one in San Diego. A good burger but WAY too big (a regular is a double??? Thanks for the warning) and too messy. The fries are ridiculous, I wasted nearly 2 lbs of fries cause I was alone. The music inside is too loud. And the price….yeah. To eat alone cost me $11. Um, no thanks.

    I don’t doubt I’ll go again with friends or maybe the wife so she can try (there’s one opening up here in Long Beach at PCH and 2nd St) but it won’t be something I go out of the way for. Besides, if I’m gonna pay that much for a burger, there are much nice places with better burgers.

    PS- All the world cares that In N Out is totally my thing (ate it 10 times in 7 days once). And if you’re gonna troll, grow a pair and use a real name……..justsayin’

  7. tried five guys when it opened in new york back in ’07.
    lines wrapped around the block for days.

    worth the wait?
    not so much.

    patty was flavorless, fries were soggy, and no shakes?
    the place is a joke.
    how they’ve got money to expand out west… is beyond me.

    i’ll stick with the shake shack and in-n-out… any damn day!

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