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July 31, 2007 / Tony

Lunch at Five Guys

Five Guys is a fast food hamburger joint with a number of locations in the D.C. area.  According to some signs on their wall, they have the best hamburgers in the area.  Interested, I had lunch there which looked like this:

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The burger was two patties, both of which were about 5 ounces.  They were cooked well-done (you don’t have a choice) but were very-well seasoned and juicy.  They, I think, are served automtically with sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions, American cheese, and mayonnaise.  It all worked beautifully together.  The beef was perfectly complemented by the earthiness of the mushrooms and the onions.  The cheese, of which kind I do not normally like, added a nice creaminess and flavor contrast to the burger.  And the mayonnaise was simply superb.  Thicker and more fully flavored than your ordinary grocery store brand, it brought all of the other flavors together while adding its own richness.  Very, very good burger.

The fries were almost as good.  They were freshly cut french fries cooked in a two-stage method.  I didn’t ask but I assumed that they cooked them first at a lower temperature and then finished them at a higher temperature.  They served them to me piping hot and perfectly seasoned.  However, they could have used a little more time in the fryer-I like my fries pretty crispy.  Nevertheless, they had a nice potato flavor that is lacking in most french fries.  You could really tell they came from a potato, which I think is a very good thing.   

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