Wow – Hillary Clinton in Cheltenham on Sunday, Five Guys opens on Monday. …what’s going on?
Five Guys is an American chain. Our U.S. Correspondent (USC) rates them – “a lot of people have copied them, but I don’t think anyone quite manages it. They’re good burgers.”
We nipped over to Five Guys, Oxford to preview what Cheltenham will be offering. First impression is that it’s busy venue, it’s in-your-face red and white and there are a lot more than just five guys working there. The menu is short – burgers, dogs, sandwiches, fries and drinks.
Burgers come in standard or ‘little’ versions of hamburger, cheeseburger, bacon burger and cheeseburger. This is a little piece of America so the little burgers are pretty big and fries are generous. A Bacon Cheeseburger is £8.95, the ‘little’ version £6.95. Burger entry point is a ‘Little Hamburger’ (£4.75). All the options include free toppings (lettuce, pickles, tomato, onion, mushrooms, jalapeno and sauces etc).
How Five Guys Works
You order, you pay and you pick up with your numbered ticket. They’ll offer you water, which is nice. One of the USPs is that the fries are cooked in peanut oil, so there are boxes of monkey nuts (peanuts) for you to help yourself from if you’re peckish. Fries come salty or cajun.
Milkshakes (£4.85) are great, according to our USC – “because the ‘mix-ins’ are cool”. And – horror! – you can add in bacon to your shake. “It’s about sweet and salty”, says the USC, “Just go with it.”
So the order arrives in a ghetto grocery bag*… you take a seat and unfoil the burger.
Our verdict was that it was indeed a very good burger – up to Byron standards, (but a little cheaper). The fries were great. OK, So it’s a pretty oily/greasy experience by Blighty standards, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. You don’t get a taste that big by going low fat (my little cheeseburger was 550 calories).