Step Twenty: embrace the American burgers at Five Guys

29 Jul

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The burger revolution is a little passé I’ll admit, but that hasn’t stopped people flocking to the new burger joints that have just opened in London: Shake Shack and Five Guys.

I’d heard mixed things about Shake Shack, but still want to try it. For this week though, Five Guys had to do. And it did more than deliver.

The queues for both sounded overwhelming, verging on exclusive, but when we arrived at Five Guys we were pleasantly surprised at being able to walk straight in and only had to wait about ten minutes to order. It is a fast-food restaurant after all and the hype seems to have died down a little.

The burgers are amazing, and they’ll always be the ultimate comfort food, but how does Five Guys stand out from the patty crowd?

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First, you get TWO patties in each burger – good news for the gluttonous, like me.

Second, you can ADD ANY TOPPINGS on your burger FOR FREE, so naturally I went to town and had the grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, relish and BBQ sauce. But you can also choose from green peppers, jalapeno peppers, hot sauce, pickles, mustard and more.

The chips were also incredible – very moreish and you can really taste the difference with the peanut oil they cook them in.

Third, we didn’t have to wait long and the service was very speedy. The staff behind the counters are pros and work like machines in the best possible sense.

Fourth, if you do have to wait, you can grab as many monkey nuts in the queue as you want. There are sacks full of the peanuts at the entrance.

Fifth, if you want a more pleasant and intimate fast-food dining experience, get a booth downstairs which makes you feel like you’ve got the place to yourselves – date night? I think so.

Sixth, Five Guys stays open till midnight on weekends. Drunken dining. Check.

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The details:

Location:  1 Long Acre, between Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

Opening times:  Mon-Thurs, 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight, Sun, 12pm-10:30pm

Price: burgers from roughly £7, chips from £3, drinks from £2

To check out the menu, click here.

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