Five Guys is a burger chain based out of the US that specializes in fresh burgers and fries. We have a few locations around the area (West Van, Coquitlam, and Surrey), but the one on Robson is fairly new. I’ve heard about them before, and plenty of people rave about how good their burgers are – my boss being one of the fans of their burgers. Since it’s so close to work, my coworkers and I picked a nice sunny day to head down to the Robson location for lunch!
I love their red and white colour scheme, it goes very well with their old school diner-style/burger-joint theme.
Five Guys gained popularity in the States through doing two things really well – great burgers with hand formed patties and delicious fries!
The Robson location has a pretty decent amount of sitting space. I didn’t think they would need that much space, but the place actually ended up really packed later.
Their menu looks like there’s a lot of stuff, but it’s actually pretty simple – you can have a Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bacon Burger, or Bacon Cheeseburger in regular or ‘little’ sizes. You can add on a whole bunch of toppings, including burger favourites like grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, and more. Five Guys also has Hot Dogs with the same variations (no little version though) and several sandwiches (Veggie, Veggie + cheese, Grilled Cheese, or BLT). For their fries, they have 3 sizes and two variations: Cajun Style and Five Guys Style.
After ordering, you can go to the back and grab yourself as much peanuts as you like! These peanuts were pretty good, and we actually grabbed two or three little bowls worth.
You can see the kitchen staff working hard on the burgers. One of the neat features of Five Guys is that none of their stores have freezers. They only have coolers, and that means all their burgers have to be made fresh!
I ordered a large Cajun Fries for everyone to share. All their fries are apparently cooked in peanut oil.
The fries were pretty decent, nice and crispy. The cajun seasoning was perhaps a bit much, making the fries overly salty. The cajun kick was pretty good though. A coworker mentioned though that the fries from the Five Guys in the States were much better – apparently the peanut oil leaves a much stronger flavour down South than the Five Guys here. They also mentioned that at some locations they will just fill up the bag with fries, regardless of the size of fries you ordered! That’s crazy cool.
For the burger, I ordered the regular Bacon Burger with Everything. The regular size comes with two patties and the little version comes with just one.
It’s a pretty solid burger! The patties are pretty huge and the fillings stack up decently.
The patties were pretty good. They tasted fresh and the texture was excellent. Overall though, the burger didn’t wow me. The buns were soft and too thin, it soaked up all the grease and became too soggy. It couldn’t really contain the burger after about half-way into it. Seasoning was a bit lacking, but that could have been because the salty fries really made the burger seem a bit bland. The bacon was decent, but again it didn’t really stand out. Adding some steak sauce on this thing would have really brought it up a notch.
I’ll probably return at some point to try out some other combinations, but it won’t really be a regular for me. To be fair though, Five Guys really seems more like a fast food type of place – in that arena, the burgers and fries have a very solid win over the likes of McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, and A&W.
If you’re planning on coming in for lunch, make sure to avoid the noon-hour rush. There was a pretty long line that built up after we ordered, so aim for 11:45am or past 12:45pm!