Everyone has their “go to” when it comes to eating out. Some people, pasta. Others, Pizza (Tonez.. kid orders pizza 4x a week). My go to is always a good old Hamburger and Fries. Nothing beats a big greasy cheeseburger and fries with a nice cold beer. A few months ago Breezy was raving about this new burger joint that opened up in Edmonton called Five Guys. Once I heard “Five Guys”, I got pretty excited. I remember a few months back Bobby Hundreds blogging about Five Guys. I was quite surprised to hear they opened one up in Canada. Let alone, 5 hours away. So when Tony and I made the trek up to Edmonton to bring Breezy and his stuff home, it was only fitting we grab some Five Guys.
I was expecting nothing but the best from this burger joint, based only on reviews. GQ claims 5guys has the best burger under 5 bucks. Zagat ranked it the #1 burger in America. The fries, supposedly the best from any fast food joint, period.
So yeah, the expectations were incredibly high. And me, having consumed probably hundreds of burgers/fries in my life time was pretty excited to see what 5 guys had to offer.
The great thing about 5 guys is the simplicity. No flashy sign, no stupid mascot or logo. Just simplicity at it’s finest.
Right when you walk in they have these big posters everywhere with clever quotes. Along with those signs you see the magazine snippets around where Five Guys has been featured. Again, simple and clean. ”Five Guys serves heaven on a bun”. By now I’m thinking, with all this hype this place isn’t going to pull through. Heaven on a bun? We’ll see about that.
Another thing about 5 guys is they hire an army of employees. These guys are working non-stop pushing out hundreds (probably thousands) of burgers a day. Boom, boom, boom.
The menu is simple. You have 4 choices in 2 different sizes. All regular burgers come with 2 patties (Wow, this place is starting to look a lot like heaven). And then your choice of what you want on it. To make it simple, ask for Everything (Thats what I did).
With the army behind the counter they fired out our order in under 10 minutes. My order consisted of a regular Bacon Cheeseburger with Everything (lettuce, pickle, tomato, ketchup, mustard, grilled mushrooms and grilled onions). Like I said, simple.. easy to order. The way it should be.
The beautiful, beautiful beast of a burger:
Oh, am I teasing you? Ha, here:
Screw those pretty McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s burgers. This is how a burger is supposed to look like. Look at that, its gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. (okay, who am I kidding it looks like I just played 20 minutes of hacky sack with it.)
After all the hype. From Bobby Hundreds to GQ to the posters on the wall, how could this possibly live up to it all? After the hundreds of burgers I’ve consumed in cities all over Canada… How does this compare?
There was no doubt, absolutely none. That this was the best burger I have ever consumed in my life. I would even go as far as saying, this was the best thing I had ever ate. Ever.
…. I feel bad for neglecting the fries right now. The fries were good.. very good. Best ever? I don’t think so.. but very above par.
So there you have it. Five Guys. If you’re ever in the vicinity of one, don’t hesitate. You heard it from multiple sources and now here. This is the best burger you can find, anywhere.