In just the past decade, Five Guys has expanded all along the East Coast. Offering delicious burgers in a 'fast casual' atmosphere, Five Guys delivers on price and taste. We're not talking about gourmet burgers here, so set your standards on medium, and you'll be perfectly satisfied.
There are three locations in Philly and after a recent happy hour, the GF and I stopped by the main Center City location for some takeout.
After putting in your order, feel free to feast on some salted roasted peanuts. A nice way to satiate or whet your appetite while you wait and drool as your burger and fries are made to order.
Little Cheeseburger ($4.69)
Mayo, lettuce, pickle, tomato, grilled onion, mushrooms, ketchup, jalapeno, green peppers
The little burgers are perfectly primed to fill you up. If you like, feel free to opt for the 'big' burgers, which are essentially two patties. But honestly, the little burgers get the job done. I prefer my burgers medium-rare, but these are cooked well-done. And guess what? That's totally fine with me. The burger blend used at Five Guys is 80/20 chuck. So there's no problem maintaining a juicy patty. The toppings at Five Guys are free - with the exception of bacon and cheese - so I load up! The spiciness of the jalapeno, the heartiness of the mushrooms and onions, and the freshness of the veggies meld well to create a satisfying bite every time.
Large Fries ($4.99)
These spuds are cooked in 100% peanut oil. Better yet, they're almost always fresh and cooked to order. Pro tip: Ask for them unsalted (which is how I prefer them) - they're pretty much guaranteed to start up a fresh new batch of fries, which will pretty fill your entire bag. Perfectly creamy, nicely crispy - these are the real deal.
Five Guys isn't the healthiest meal out there. But if you're looking for a burger and some fries that hit the spot every time, don't hesitate to check out Five Guys.
1527 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102