As riders, we've all had our share of fast food joints. So, I thought it might be appropriate to swap some stories on the Best Burgers we've found during our rides.
Personally, I've been a fan of In-N-Out Burgers for many years.
I even featured them in a book I published many years ago and gave them the title of Best Fast Food Burger.
The problem is, this chain is only found in the Western part of the USA. When I'm in California or even Las Vegas, I always find time to get an In-N-Out Burger.
Just a few weeks ago, a friend asked me if I tried Five Guys yet. Tried them, I've never heard of them. As it turns out, this is a growing chain of Burger restaurants.
One of the Five Guys burger joints recently opened just a few miles from my home, so I gave it a try.
The first thing I noticed was that it was very similar to In-N-Out. While neither restaurant is considered true fast food, as the burgers are made to order and not pre-made and sitting under heat lamps, that was a good first sign that I might have found a place to get something similar to an In-N-Out Burger without having to use any frequent flyer miles.
I noticed that to make the wait seem shorter, they offer free, shelled peanuts to eat while you're waiting. Then I took a look at the menu and that was another tip-off that maybe this place would be similar to In-N-Out.
Then I looked at the menu and like In-N-Out, Five Guys specialized in Burgers. No fish burgers, no chicken sandwiches, just Burgers...and a Hot Dogs. If memory serves me correctly, In-N-Out doesn't serve hot dogs and I noticed that Five Guys doesn't offer milk shakes...one of In-N-Out's signature items.
Allow me to point out that Five Guys does something unique with Hot Dogs and that's something that I have to admit, was genius...
As we know, eating a hot dog can be messy...especially if you load it up with stuff. What they did is to first place the "stuff" on the bun, then add the dog on top. Out of the box thinking guys!
So, what was the verdict on the burgers?
Excellent! Yes, the burgers taste like an In-N-Out knock off, but since there's no In and Outs in my neck of the woods, I'm happy about it.
In fact, I'll be meeting DSJR there this week and we'll see if he agrees.