November 8, 2012

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Around town, dining and attractions

Cpl. Aaron Diamant
Desert Warrior Staff

The other day, I had the pleasure of visiting Five Guys for lunch. I went in a little after 1 p.m., so I pretty much had the place to myself, which was nice.

The burgers are made to order while you watch, with your choice of myriad toppings and condiments. There are no strangely-named or themed burgers, you just tell them exactly what you want and they put it on, which is nice and simple. The burgers are tasty and filling, truly a pleasure to eat, but on my burger connoisseur’s scale, rated only slightly above average for a fast food joint. I added bacon to mine, because I’m a man and bacon makes everything better, even doughnuts! (Look for an article on that in the future.)

If you go by yourself, or even with one or two other people, only get one regular order of fries, they’re huge! I opted for the Cajun seasoned fries, and they were simply delightful. They came out hot, and well seasoned. They really hit the spot, and the large portion made for a nice snack later too. If peanuts are more your style, they’re free to munch on while you wait, but don’t fill up on them, the portion sizes of this place are big, even by American standards.

What really peaked my interest was their brand new, touch screen soda machines. They have all of your favorite Coca-Cola products, plus an interesting twist.

You can add flavor shots to your soda, water or juice choice. So many choices, my mind was blown for a few minutes trying to decide. The manager told me there were over 130 different combinations available from the machine. One hundred and thirty. I went with peach-flavored Sprite. It looked interesting, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Being a native Californian, I grew up on In-N-Out Burger, which is conveniently across the street. I don’t think anything will ever be able to replace an animal-style Double-Double for me, but in Yuma anyway, Five Guys is definitely a close second. Since Yuma’s only semblance to a gourmet burger is the overpriced Burgers and Beer,

The only drawback: a bacon cheeseburger, Cajun fries and a large drink cost me almost $14. That’s for one person to eat. Granted, there are plenty of fries to share if you go with someone else, but still, $14 for a fast food lunch is bordering absurd. For half the price at most other fast food burger joints, I think I can put up with a regular Dr. Pepper and a ridiculously-named burger.

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