Tonight we took advantage of the beginning of the university’s mid-winter break and had dinner at Five Guys Burgers and Fries which opened last month on State St. My daughter was not with us tonight, but there were many families there. This was not our first experience with Five Guys as there was one near my parents old house in Delaware.
The first thing I want to point out is that the restaurant has bulk containers of peanuts in the shell. While you are waiting for your food you can help yourself to the peanuts. If you have a peanut allergy in your family, you may want to avoid Five Guys. They have warnings on the door and request that you do not remove peanuts from the restaurant.
The restaurant is counter service. When I arrived, there was a very short line to order your food, but a large gathering of people waiting for their orders. The seating area is not large, but there is additional seating downstairs. I did not go downstairs, so I don’t know how much seating is there. While I was waiting for my husband to meet me, a large group who was seated upstairs left freeing up many of the tables and alleviating the people standing and waiting for orders.
The menu is not that varied focussing on burgers and fries. You can get a regular burger or a little burger. Each is available as a burger, cheeseburger, bacon burger, or bacon cheeseburger. They also have several hot dog options, grilled cheese, or a vegetable sandwich. They offer a variety of other toppings for the burgers, hot dogs, or sandwiches all of which are free. The only side they offer is peanut oil fries (YUM!!) either in traditional Five Guys Style or Cajun Spice. For beverages they offer fountain drinks (Coke products) or bottled water.
I like that they offer something other than burgers as my daughter is not a big fan. I also was pleased that they had non-carbonated beverages in their soda fountain – both lemonade and Hi-C Fruit Punch since my daughter hates carbonated beverages. They do not offer milk or juice.
My husband and I both had bacon cheeseburgers: a regular for him and a little for me and we shared a regular order of Five Guys Style fries. The burgers were juicy and greasy (which is exactly what they are known for). Unfortunately they left the requested barbecue sauce off of my burger. I didn’t even realize it until it was half gone. The fries were a bit salty but delicious. They remind me of the boardwalk fries from my time on the Jersey Shore boardwalks. I loved snacking on the peanuts as we waited for our food.
With the winter temperature, the first day of the university’s spring break was probably a good day to try their food. I think we will wait until the spring to return and get our food to go and have a picnic on campus so we don’t have to fight for a table. We live too far from campus to consider doing takeout. Our food would be cold before we got home.
I definitely recommend Five Guys Burgers and Fries….as long as you don’t have a peanut allergy in your family.
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