The last entry of Burger Month!
Five Guys is the East Coast In n Out. Started in Virginia, it has a lot of the same principles that In n Out does – fresh meat patties, none of it frozen, and they started out super local and then blew up and become national. They have a very creative menu where you can put lots of toppings that you normally can’t request at a typical burger chain – sauteed mushrooms, jalapenos, bell peppers, etc. I love making my own burger creation each time I go. They don’t offer fried eggs though *sob*.
Several months ago, when I was in New York, I actually passed a Five Guys in Greenwich Village. Unfortunately, I did not eat it then though I should have (I had just finished chowing down on some other food AND froyo a few minutes ago). More close to home, there are two Five Guys that recently opened in SoCal, one in Carson, and one in Cerritos. When Kyung and I are in SoCal, we usually drag everyone to the one in Cerritos, but this time we went to the one in Carson to meet with his parents (they thought we were crazy). As we opened the door, we were created with the signature giant boxes of shelled peanuts. There was even a sign on the door that said you could only eat the peanuts within the restaurant. Never saw that before!
The walls are covered in articles raving over Five Guys, many from the East Coast such as Washingtonian Magazine, etc. I love the red and white too, makes the place seem more diner like than it probably really is. Friendly staff and quick food, can’t complain.
Behold my cheeseburger. I love that the burgers come wrapped in foil. I’m so used to fast food chains wrapping everything in paper that it’s kind of nice to get a different type of wrapper for a change. The burgers taste fresh and just right – not too large, medium sized meat patty that’s not overwhelming, slightly melty cheese, fresh vegetable toppings. This isn’t a show burger, it’s a burger as you want it to be.
I think the fries here are interesting – they still have the skin, which gives it a hearty taste and doesn’t make you feel like you’re eating artificial potatoes that were frozen ten months ago. They also have two kind – the regular, as above, and the seasoned ones, which are like fries covered in a dense layer of MSG powder. Both are good, one is easier to eat because it’s not so salty/spicy. I also love that they come in a styrofoam cup – they spill out into the paper bags your food comes in, so you have lots of surprises waiting at the bottom of the bag.
20700 Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746
The monthly round up – looks like Barneys wins! And there you have it! Stay tuned for next month!