Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Written by on July 7, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(fiveguys.com) – Allentown, Pennsylvania

How I heard of this place: The first I had heard of Five Guys was when the first one opened in Seattle, and it’s been a heavenly food tour ever since. This visit was on our way to Camelback Water Park in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, with our friends Samyar & Paola, when we spotted a Five Guys and needed to pull off in Allentown, PA. And it was well worth our distraction.

Type of cuisine: Burgers and fries. No frills or gimmicks, just a good ol’ greasy burger and fries. Oh! And hot dogs, too!

Ambiance: Five Guys prides themselves, simply, on quality, service and cleanliness. The rest is just fluff. White with red and black accents, Five Guys is a recognizable franchise throughout the United States and Canada. Even the font used for the logo is simple, classic and unpretentious. Patrons are welcomed graciously to the counter, where three young guys are happily calling out orders and going out of their way to make our experience enjoyable and easy! The simple menu the same: Burgers, dogs, sandwiches, fries and drinks (in two sizes: regular or large). Fluorescent lights shine brightly, but the sun streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides of the establishment. Large boxes of shelled peanuts, piled high are availble at a bar-height table in the front, in case of long lines and rumbling tummies. Chairs and tables are found throughout the clean, white space. Orders are called and your lunch awaits in a brown paper bag packed with greasy goodness. No plates, no silverware, just paper cups for fries, foil-wrapped burgers, brown paper bags and white napkins.

What I ordered: I enjoyed the Little Bacon Cheeseburger ($5.59) with all the toppings! Chris ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger ($7.09) with grilled onions and BBQ sauce. An regular-sized ($2.99) order of Cajun Fries, sides of BBQ sauce and ketchup, and we were set to go! Our dining companions also enjoyed their burgers with fries and fountain sodas. Yum. Yum. Yum!

What I loved: The fries are to die for! Thick-cut and spiced with cajun seasonings, even those missing the seasoning, melt in your mouth. Freshly fried, served in a large cup and good to the last bite! These are not the type of fries you have to start with or find that they have gone limp and stale. One can enjoy them from the beginning to the satisfying, finger-licking end. I always love the juicy burger and this trip was no exception. The gooey mess of my “All the Way” burger dripped down my fingers, and wrist, the burger and cheese oozing out of the bun, soggy from piled-high toppings. Deeee-lish!

Why I loved it: Really, what’s not to love? The food is simple, fresh and made-to-order. The taste: delicious. The space: clean and well-kept. The orders taken and food served easily and quickly. The staff: uber-friendly and gracious, sweet and courteous.

Cost: Average to high ($4-$7 per burger)

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