Sunday, October 25, 2009

Five Guys Burgers and Fries - Avon, CT

After making our annual Halloween costume trek (I know, so LATE in the season), we decided to head over to one my favorite burger places, Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Burgers are all the rage now, and it seems new places are opening every week to keep up with the trend. Fancy burgers are o.k. now and then, but when you want quality, cooked-to-order fast food, Five Guys is the place to go.

Today we went old school. Cheeseburgers, a hot dog and those addictive French fries. *sigh*

The burgers come in two sizes: regular (which is actually two patties) and junior. Both are substantial, freshly ground beef patties, cooked to order. Just wait until you walk in, and the smell of frying beef hits your nose. Holy $%$%@#$#@. There are several toppings to choose from. Once your burger is cooked, it is placed on a soft bun, just thick enough to hold that juicy goodness together.

For you hot dog aficionados, theirs is worth trying. I believe they use Hebrew National dogs. Split on a buttered roll, they need no condiments. (o.k., maybe a little mustard) A perfect side dish to your junior cheeseburger!

Personally, I don’t think anyone’s French fries come close to theirs. Made just the way I like them, thickly cut with the right amount of salt. They come in two sizes, and either way you will receive more fries than you can handle. Take note of the chalkboard near the register, which lists the origin of that day’s potato.

While you’re waiting for your order, feel free to snack on the peanuts, which are sitting in large barrels.

Five Guys started out with a single location in Arlington, Virginia and has been steadily opening new locations over the last few years. If you have the choice between those other fast food places and Five Guys, go with the place that serves REAL potatoes and beef.