On the heels of Fraz’s post the other day about Five Guys, today I spotted another one opening up very close to where I work. I have still not eaten at Five Guys, so I can’t make any claims about how they measure up to In-N-Out. I can tell you without measuring, though, that this new Five Guys is laying down the gauntlet, opening up less than a hundred yards from the In-N-Out on Tampa in Northridge.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this. Sure, if Five Guys is as good as some folks say, I wouldn’t mind stopping by once or twice to check it out for myself. But now, within five to ten miles of my office, we will have The Habit, Fatburger, In-N-Out, Five Guys, along with countless Burger Kings, Wendy’s, McDonalds, am I missing anything? I guess what I’m getting at is there are an abundance of options for fast-food burger chains in LA, of both the high and low rent varieties. Yeah I know In-N-Out is privately owned, but still it’s a chain and it’s expanding.
So maybe I’m just lamenting the homogenization of our commercial landscape. I know, it’s not a very original lament. But I guess some of the appeal for places like In-N-Out in Southern California or Five Guys on the East Coast is that it adds a little treat to visiting different parts of the country. My friend in Salt Lake City no longer has to come to SoCal and visit to get a taste of some In-N-Out, he can do so right in his own back yard.
And soon, East Coasters with a chip on their shoulder about In-N-Out won’t get to look down their noses at Angelenos anymore about the lack of Five Guys in LA. Hmmm… maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all.