Friday, July 31, 2009

Five Guys: UPDATED 7.31.09

PDX Gwailo is back in town and the feast continues:

Stopped in at one of our local “Five Guys Burgers and Fries” outlets. According to their website, Five Guys started in Arlington, VA, in 1986, and now has over 400 locations.

The menu is simple, hamburgers, hot dogs, and french fries, with an abundance of “free toppings” that enables one to have their sandwich served in any of “over 250,000″ toppings.

If one is to believe the posted sign endorsements, as well as repetitive statements on their website and menus, this burger is the greatest thing since sliced bread, having won numerous awards from various newspapers, websites, and magazines.

One curious category that these awards fall into is “Cheap Eats”, and I’m not sure north of $10 for a hamburger, fries, and drink fall into the genre. The small order of fries is 2.79, though the descriptor of “small” is probably misleading. The order comes in a small foam drink cup, but the server then pours a second serving in the bag, much like the old days of when you ordered a milkshake, got the serving glass as well as the mixing cup delivered to you.

Burger toppings, as I said, are abundant, “free”, and your choices include Mayo, Relish, Onions, Lettuce, Pickles, Tomatoes, Grilled Onions, Grilled Mushrooms, Ketchup, Mustard, Jalapeno Peppers, Green Peppers, A-1 Sauce, Bar-B-Q Sauce, Hot Sauce

The standard burger is two patties, and they also offer a “little hamburger” which one would assume is a single patty. Patties appear to be hand-formed, and, I have to say, are rather good. Fries need no extra seasoning, but a “cajun version” is offered along side the standard fries as a choice at no additional charge.

Five Guys
2606 Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005



Looks like Hamburgler is moving belt notches this holiday season:

Hopped in a urban camouflaged Grand Caravan to remain inconspicuous in route to the strip mall where Beaverton got its own Five Guys.

For fast food this is pretty much as good as it gets, and since we are from Portland should we bedwet about the Styrofoam cups? (we wouldn't, it would be disrespectful when visiting other cultures....besides, have you ever drank beer from a Styrofoam cup on a really hot day, its ice cold top to bottom!...going to fan on it more later).

Anyhow, they got the usual suspects. Its worth the trip if you are burgering, plus they have bacon and cheese hotdogs., HEY, they have bacon and cheese hot dogs. Get some problems already.

Five Guys
2606 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005


Anonymous said...

Been to this chain before, it's ok but all the love signs on the wall only proves that all those cities are poorly lacking in great burger joints. Nothing to see here, move on, IMHO

Unknown said...

I was very disappointed. Excited to go out there; can't taste the meat, fries done in oil that tasted a week old. Back to Humdinger on Barbur for me.

Anonymous said...

Meat melts in your mouth. This is BY FAR the best chain burger there is. This kicks In-N-Out's butt all over the place.

Through some cajun fries in and you're set.

Brutus the Burger Beefcake said...

The decor sucks, the chairs suck, the other patrons even suck. But, my friends, the burger definately does not suck. And the fries are both delicious and plentiful. All in all, one of the best suburban strip mall burgers you will ever eat.

Ryan said...

Probably the best "fast food" burger around. You certainly pay for it, but the quality is on par with what you'd get at a sit-down restaurant/pub. I wouldn't say this is the best burger in town, but it is head and shoulders above McDonalds, Burger King, etc. If you want something quick, Five Guys is a very good bet.