Five Guys Burgers and Fries

A classic Five Guys cheeseburger with toppings and fries.

Almost every year they appear on someone’s Best Burgers, Best Bargain or Readers’ Choice list. They began as a small local startup with one store in Arlington almost 25 years ago before expanding to five Northern Virginia locations. They keep it simple, offering burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, fries and Cokes. They’re Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and since 2003, they’ve expanded beyond their five original stores to offer hundreds of thousands of potential customers across the country the ability to order “heaven on a bun,” which is how the Tampa Tribune newspaper described their burgers. At this writing, they’ve expanded to more than 725 locations in 40 states throughout the United States and four provinces in Canada.

Although they’ve been around our area for a while, we haven’t taken the time to post a review — until now. If you love burgers and live in Woodbridge, you’re in luck. There are 10 Five Guys locations within a 10-mile striking distance of Woodbridge, including three locations right in the heart of our Woodbridge area — at Marumsco Plaza, Foulger Square and The Glen shopping centers.

Even though Five Guys keeps it simple, they boast 250,000 ways of ordering a burger (they offer 15 different free toppings and 8 different basic burgers, so you can do the math). Prices are reasonable, especially when you consider the value and volume they bring to the table. A regular cheeseburger (two hand-formed ground beef patties) with all the toppings will run you about $5.40. If you want a single patty, order a “Little Cheeseburger” for $4.20. An order of regular fries (all you’ll need for one, and maybe even two people) is $2.59. A regular drink is $1.99. It’s a meal that will keep you satisfied all day long.

The menu is simple, the decor is simple — all their stores have their signature white and red tiles. They have boxes of complimentary peanuts in their shells available to munch on while you wait for your order. Their sacks of potatoes often are stacked on the floor right in the restaurant, and they proudly proclaim where they originate from (today it was Blackfoot, Idaho).

We had a family member come in for a visit from Eugene, Oregon, where they don’t have any Five Guys locations yet. Closest one to Eugene is Salem, which is about 60 miles away. So it was easy for him to visit one while he was here; the closest Five Guys to us in Woodbridge is just over a mile away. He had heard the buzz about Five Guys even out in Eugene and he had to try them. Well, he was hooked. He was here for a week and went to Five Guys three times. His favorite combo: cheeseburger with grilled onions and mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, pickles and mustard. And he raved over the fries.

Sacks of potatoes stacked in the restaurant.

We’d have to agree. The fries are the best you’ll find anywhere. Anywhere. Five Guys fries will measure up to any of the best boardwalk fries you might love from the beach (like them, Five Guys fries are cooked in peanut oil). You can get them spiced with Cajun seasoning, but we’re not sure why. Their regular fries are hard to beat. And here’s a tip: as noted above, one regular order is more than enough for one and easily will feed two people.

If you look at burgerdom on a cost-to-quality scale (that being the burger with the best value) — the worst being the McDonald’s “burger” (and I use quotes because I have no idea what actually is between the buns that they serve you and call a burger) and the top end being, oh, let’s say Ray’s Hell Burger, or BGR the Burger Joint, or EatBar’s burgers, or any of those premium burger places — Five Guys is the clear winner. Consistency, value, tons of free burger toppings, the best fries you’ll get anywhere, regardless of the price, and Five Guys adds up to a no-brainer.

IF YOU GO:
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Where:
10 Nearby Five Guys Locations
Website: Five Guys

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