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Five Guys, Carson

The last entry of Burger Month!

Five Guys is the East Coast In n Out. Started in Virginia, it has a lot of the same principles that In n Out does – fresh meat patties, none of it frozen, and they started out super local and then blew up and become national. They have a very creative menu where you can put lots of toppings that you normally can’t request at a typical burger chain – sauteed mushrooms, jalapenos, bell peppers, etc. I love making my own burger creation each time I go. They don’t offer fried eggs though *sob*.

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Several months ago, when I was in New York, I actually passed a Five Guys in Greenwich Village. Unfortunately, I did not eat it then though I should have (I had just finished chowing down on some other food AND froyo a few minutes ago). More close to home, there are two Five Guys that recently opened in SoCal, one in Carson, and one in Cerritos. When Kyung and I are in SoCal, we usually drag everyone to the one in Cerritos, but this time we went to the one in Carson to meet with his parents (they thought we were crazy). As we opened the door, we were created with the signature giant boxes of shelled peanuts. There was even a sign on the door that said you could only eat the peanuts within the restaurant. Never saw that before!

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The walls are covered in articles raving over Five Guys, many from the East Coast such as Washingtonian Magazine, etc. I love the red and white too, makes the place seem more diner like than it probably really is. Friendly staff and quick food, can’t complain.

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Behold my cheeseburger. I love that the burgers come wrapped in foil. I’m so used to fast food chains wrapping everything in paper that it’s kind of nice to get a different type of wrapper for a change. The burgers taste fresh and just right – not too large, medium sized meat patty that’s not overwhelming, slightly melty cheese, fresh vegetable toppings. This isn’t a show burger, it’s a burger as you want it to be.

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I think the fries here are interesting – they still have the skin, which gives it a hearty taste and doesn’t make you feel like you’re eating artificial potatoes that were frozen ten months ago. They also have two kind – the regular, as above, and the seasoned ones, which are like fries covered in a dense layer of MSG powder. Both are good, one is easier to eat because it’s not so salty/spicy. I also love that they come in a styrofoam cup – they spill out into the paper bags your food comes in, so you have lots of surprises waiting at the bottom of the bag.

Five Guys
Southbay Pavillion
20700 Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746
310-515-7700

The monthly round up – looks like Barneys wins! And there you have it! Stay tuned for next month!

Barney’s
Fatburger
Sonic Drive In
Red Robin
Five Guys
Tommy’s
Bullshead
Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler
Bob’s Big Boy
St. John’s Bar and Grill

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Red Robin, Santa Clara

You know, for all the flack that ‘chain restaurants’ get, Red Robin actually makes a decent burger. On top of that, they were Zagat rated as best burger in 2009. It seems almost unheard of, since places like Outback don’t get Zagat rated for best steak. Regardless, I do have fond memories of a few of the RR burgers, including the Royal Red Robin burger and the Lettuce Wrap burger.

I went with Lady D the other night for a quick bite. We were seated right away, luckily. This particular Red Robin is in the Rivermark plaza in Santa Clara, which is usually full of working professionals, families, and coffee snobs.

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I’ve seen coworkers at this location before. I guess it’s a popular destination!

I ordered the Royal Red Robin, and I did it for the fried egg (if you saw my Fatburger post, you’ll know it’s a soft spot of mine when there are eggs in a burger).

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The burgers here are large and juicy, and I love that egg flavor as it oozes over the meat. It’s slightly less junky and more ‘wholesome’ tasting than Fatburger, but still quite a novelty. I like the fat fries that the burgers come with, though they only give you a few (but it’s bottomless so you can always ask for more!). I like the garlic fries here, the regular ones are kind of plain unless you toss on a lot of the RR seasoning (MSG on steroids).

I still enjoy a good chain meal, this is a definitely a good rec for a fat burger that gives you some service.

The roundup:

Barney’s
Fatburger
Sonic Drive In
Red Robin
Tommy’s
Bullshead
Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler
Bob’s Big Boy
St. John’s Bar and Grill

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