Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Watch out, half-rate places that proclaim good burgers and fries and a casual atmosphere: Here comes Five Guys to kick yer butt. The first one opened in Arlington, VA, outside of DC, in 1986, and they have been making fast food franchisees cry ever since.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is a staple in DC and we've already got one in the area (4025 Tilghman Street, Allentown). A new store is opening at the Target/Christmas Tree/shopping center you can see from Route 22 at the Airport Road exit (Airport Rd and Catasauqua Rd, Allentown). The Morning Call says the shopping center is called Airport Center but we all know that no one except the leasing office will call it that.

When I tell you that my friend Anisha and I once waited 20 minutes in line JUST TO ORDER at the Chinatown location and then devoured our burgers and fries in less than 3 minutes while standing up, you might think I am exaggerating, but just you wait.

There are a few key things to know before your first 5G experience:
1) *Most Important* Do not enter if you are allergic to peanuts. There are peanut shells all over the floor. It's awful, but it's just one of those places to avoid if you have nut allergies.
2) This is not diet food. But if you feel the need to calculate Weight Watchers Points, they do offer nutrition facts on their web site.
3) All of the burgers are cooked well-done. Sorry, Dad.
4) They only offer about 12 items. If you can't decide, or if your fancy sensibilities are offended by a dish called simply "bacon cheeseburger," step aside so the rest of us can order!

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