I don’t know where we have been but up until last week we had never been to a Five Guys restaurant. The chain seems to be growing rapidly and I have passed Five Guys so many times but on a recent trip to the theatre we thought we would try Five Guys for the first time.
Five Guys is a burger restaurant although it is very much fast food – there are no plates and your burgers come wrapped in foil and in a paper bag. You queue up to order and then collect your order when it’s ready at a separate area. It’s like any other fast food chain although your order is paid for and collected at two separate points.
The menu is pretty much burgers or hot dogs with your choice of toppings, fries and drinks. The toppings are vast – with 15 different things to choose from and you can have fries plain or with cajun seasoning. They do a great variety of milkshakes too or refillable soft drinks and even a few alcoholic beverages if you fancy a beer with your burger.
Hubby and I had a bacon double cheeseburger each – mine with ketchup, mustard and pickles. Hubby had his with fried onions and barbecue sauce. We then got the children a hot dog to share and had two portions of regular fries and a portion of cajun fries between us.
Along with the food we had two milkshakes – malted milk and salted caramel – and a refillable soft drink. We were impressed with the soft drink options and easily found a still drink on the machine for the children which was great as usually you just get fizzy options.
I think the staff member who took our order presumed we had been to Five Guys before as she didn’t explain what happened after the order was taken and so whilst I got us some seats Hubby had to try and work out what to do and where to go. In the mean time a staff member got the children some paper and crayons which was really appreciated. I also noticed the staff were constantly cleaning – always good to see in a restaurant.
Our three meals all came out separately and so he had to wait for each one and then go somewhere else for the milkshakes. It was a bit long winded as a family and would definitely be smoother if you were just buying a single meal.
The children’s meal thankfully came out first and I immediately thought that the hotdog wasn’t the best size for the money although it was fine for the children to share. The fries on the other hand were huge portions and we could have easily just shared two portions between the four of us – and the cajun ones were lovely too with the lovely spicy flavour to them but the standard ones were incredibly salty. It would have been nice to have less salt or even no salt and just put salt on ourselves.
I really enjoyed my burger and it was a good size for me although, again, for the price I was expecting a bigger burger. The burger was lovely though – really moist with really gooey cheese, crisp bacon and a traditional bun which held everything together. It was a really nice burger.
Hubby enjoyed his burger too although he was also expecting a bigger burger. The meal as a whole was really nice and filling – especially with the amount of chips we had – and we loved that you could help yourself to ketchup in little pots too.
As a family we really enjoyed Five Guys and I am sure that Hubby and I would go again – and get a burger each and chips to share. But as a family I think that spending very nearly £50 on three meals isn’t great value for money and I would rather go to a sit down restaurant and get mains and drinks for less than that – all served on a plate too.
Five Guys do lovely burgers, Hubby and I both really enjoyed ours and the topping options are fantastic so Five Guys would be lovely as a treat for the two of us but not somewhere we could afford to go regularly.
Disclosure: We were invited to review Five Guys for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.