Food Porn: Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Normally we try to avoid franchise or chain restaurants at all costs, in fact I’m pretty proud that out of the almost 150 restaurants on this website, less then 10 are national chains.  However, I have to give praise when praise is due.  Five Guys Burgers and Fries doesn’t operate like your normal fast food burger chain.  You can’t even compare what they put on a plate with McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy’s.

Unfortunately for Buffalo, we have yet to acquire a franchise in the area.  Which is why, during a road trip to see Minus the Bear in Rochester, I made sure we stopped by one of the 3 locations in the area (soon to be 4!).  Using my handy dandy iPhone I found a location that was about 15 minutes away from our concert, so we headed over to the Pittsford location.

It took us a couple minutes to find the restaurant in the Pittsford Plaza, but we managed to find the relatively small location near the massive Barnes and Noble.  We excitedly headed right to their counter to check out our options.  Their menu is incredibly simple, several options of hamburgers with various fixings (regular hamburgers are 2 patties, small are 1).

So I ordered a large bacon hamburger with pickles and tomatoes (they have even more toppings available).  Contrary to the subpar picture below, the burger was fantastic.  Really fresh ground beef, fresh toppings and a toasted roll.  Sure it was a little bit of a longer wait then you would get a typical fast food burger around Buffalo, but the wait was worth it as they really did make everything fresh to order.  While not one of the best burgers I’ve ever had, it was definitely memorable.

In addition to my delicious hamburger I ordered a large french fry, which turned out to be the star of the meal.  For 4 dollars I basically got an entire brown paper bag filled with incredibly crispy and delicious fries. One of the neat aspects of all Five Guys locations if they post where exactly the potatoes are from that day.  On this particular day they were from somewhere in Idaho, but I don’t remember the exact city.

I have been looking forward to eating at a Five Guys for years; Alli went on a trip to Washington DC and unknowingly tried their food and has raved about it every since.  My standards were pretty high for a $5 hamburger, and yet they were completely meet.  I had extremely high hopes for their french fries as well; I had heard stories of their grease content almost destroying the paper bag they were served in (in a good way).  They didn’t let me down either.  I was able to bring my little brother and his 3 friends and they were all equally impressed with their food as well.

I know this doesn’t sound like something I normally would advocate, but if you are in the Rochester area I recommend at least just one visit to a Five Guys location.  After reading an awesome article about the men who started the chain and finally actually eating their food, I am now a huge fan.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: Five Guys Burgers & Fries

  1. Benjie

    Probably the worst tasting, ugliest and oily fries I’ve ever had. Quantity does make up for quality. The burgers on the other hand tasty good but the toppings were sparse, and overall little meat for the money. Place was dirty and didn’t want to eat on those messy tables. Signs in the place are
    just tacky hype and advertising. Didn’t feel like a good experience, I doubt I’ll ever be back.

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