Spreading Like Grease Fire

Five Guys

I feel like I’m becoming the resident restaurant reviewer for Metblogs, at least when it comes to Dupont Circle. Last week I wrote about a refreshing new restaurant, Circa of Dupont, which makes me miss the old tenant (Wrap Works) like I miss mullet haircuts. Uh, no, I don’t miss them at all.

Well on the other side of the food spectrum, a new but familiar face has popped up. That’s right, Five Guys. Right next door to the Cosi at Connecticut and R, this place came out of nowhere. Their space is a little tight on seating, but if you’re craving a good dose of grease, this is the place for you and your appetite.

I remember when I first ate at Five Guys, the Georgetown location to be exact, I was NOT impressed. I’d read reviews and heard people say how amazing their burgers are. But my first impression was that their food was greasy and bland. I mean the paper bag that the fries came in was soaked through with grease spots. As Borat would say, “Niiice!” Since then, I’ve come to enjoy their burgers and fries. They’re freshly made, you order them with the toppings that you want, and the fries are fried in peanut oil, not some animal lard like the other fast food chains.

So what say you? Is Five Guys overrated grease, or the best damn burger in town?

Ugh. I feel fatter just writing about this.

10 Comments so far

  1. xian (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

    Five Guys is alright. Not great, but way better fast food (obviously). Like you, I gave into other folks’ reviews of the place and was not at all impressed. Perhaps it was the hype leading up to my first visit, I don’t know. Having been back a few times, I still don’t think it’s that great.

  2. Breaux (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 1:14 am

    I think they’re fairly spot on when I want a good burger. Seating is always a bitch it seems at every location. Perhaps its a problem because we take up more space as we eat the burgers, who knows.

  3. Ted (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 10:06 am

    How does it compare to Johnny Rockets, which is half a block away? Seems like anything that opens in that location get killer competition – Burrito Bros killed by Chipotle, Quiznos killed by Potbelly. Can’t remember what they were before that. Maybe people just can’t walk that far up the street past Starbucks.

  4. Max (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 10:15 am

    I can’t stand Johnny Rockets, probably because I hate the music they play in there. I like Five Guys burgers better for sure and they’re cheaper. I just wish they served chocolate shakes!

    On a side note, many of my vegan friends love Johnny Rockets for their veggie burger. Five Guys has a veggie dog but I have to reason to try it out. Have you?

  5. Hy Hy (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 11:00 am

    How much are the veggie options and Johnny Rockets and Five Guys? As an area resident, I feel almost obligated to go to Five Guys but I don’t know if it’s wroth it just for fries alone.

  6. Hy Hy (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 11:01 am

    How much are the veggie options at Johnny Rockets and Five Guys? As an area resident, I feel almost obligated to go to Five Guys but I don’t know if it’s worth it just for fries alone.

  7. Tiff (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    I wasn’t that impressed by Five Guys either until I was let in on the secret- malt vinegar on the fries. That made me happy.

    I think the real appeal of Five Guys is that there’s no pretension of trying the make the burger into haute cuisine, or trying to make it better for you. It’s a burger and fries, it’s going to be greasy, and they embrace it. With bacon and cheese.

  8. Doug (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    I loves me some Five Guys. Wait, did I just say that? Seriously, you don’t want to go there every day, but on occasion (especially after a night on the town), it hits the spot.

    And I agree with Tiff. I’ve always tried to patronize local joints over the nationwide corporate faceless kiosks. Fudruckers? Please.

  9. Max (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    I believe you mean Rudfuckers, Doug.

  10. yospyn (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

    Five Guy’s patties are the same as Wendy’s. I challenge anyone to take a taste test.

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