Restaurant Spotlight: Five Guys

Sometimes you just need to take a day off and eat out. Over my Spring Break, my husband and I spent a day out together and stopped at one of our favorite go-to restaurants for lunch: Five Guys.

Five Guys is a chain burger joint that makes everything right there in front of you. They have a classic 50’s diner feel and always give you way more french fries than you ordered.

I will say right off the bat, I highly recommend them. As unhealthy as it looks, I can eat here for fewer Weight Watchers points than at Chipotle.

This is because Ben and I both get our burgers bunless. It works wonders and there are a few reasons why Five Guys gets my approval:

Pros:

  • They cook everything within view. So if you want to hover and make sure your burger is safe, go right ahead.
  • They are relatively inexpensive. Two burgers + fries was $15.
  • They ask you if you need it bunless because of a gluten allergy.

One of the best things a restaurant can do for people with allergies is to ask the customer if the allergy exists. It removes the responsibility from the customer and makes them feel less like a demanding prick.

  • The food tastes good! Big plus.
  • Free peanuts.

Cons:

There are a handfull of things about them that are somewhat complicated for some people.

  • Free peanuts. People with peanut allergies beware, this place is full of them. And their fries are cooked in peanut oil.
  • No “healthy” options. Other than the grilled cheese or hot dog, this place is basically a one-trick pony. Burgers or bust.wp-1489673310329.jpg
  • Small portions. You could easily size them up, but the burger bowls are fairly small. Just enough for a quick lunch, but definitely get fries to go with.
  • No “for here” settings. Everything is in paper bags ready to go.

But these are just small nitpicks mostly. I personally love how fall-apart their burgers get and the fresh veggies on the side are always tasty.

How to Order:

Five Guys makes it super easy to order gluten-free from them. You walk up to the counter and ask:

“I’ll have a ____ burger with no bun.”

And immediately they clarify if you want a bowl or a lettuce wrap, followed by:

“Is it because of a gluten allergy?”

And if you say yes, they mark your burger order with “Special request”, which goes to the cook who has been trained that that means gluten allergy. You get to see that marking on your ticket, because they have a screen facing the customer that shows everything going on your burger.

You just follow up with a list of the toppings you want in your bowl with your burger and then wait (Impatiently) for them to call your number. Voila! This is one of the easiest gluten-free interactions out there. They do all the work of keeping your burger safe.

Final Thoughts:

If you like meat, and don’t mind an odd presentation, Five Guys provides an awesome burger bowl for a quick bite. It isn’t fancy or anything, but it’s certainly tasty! And the customer service is phenominal.

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