“We serve bulk peanuts in open containers”
Those with peanut allergies, you’ve been warned. If you want to experience one of the best made-to-order, fast food style burgers you must wade through waves of peanut shells on the floor and sweep them off your chair and table. Alright, I’m slightly exaggerating, but if you do have peanut allergies, it will definitely be detected in the air. Why, might you ask, does a restaurant openly offer peanuts to a world that is increasingly allergic to peanuts? To keep with their tradition. It’s good to see that some things never change.
When you enter Five Guys Burgers and Fries, you may be greeted by a line-up of hungry patrons. Don’t worry, the line moves fairly quick. Grab a handful of peanuts and read the many comments on the wall from acclaimed magazines across America. The menu is pretty basic, choose between a single aka “little” burger, or a double which comes standard. Pick your additions such as cheese or bacon, then toppings. Simple. Or so you think, until you start to imagine all the combinations and flavours you can customize. I opted for the “little cheese” with all the toppings except mushrooms (nothing against mushrooms, it just didn’t feel like a mushroom kind of day). According to Five Guys, “everything” includes mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushroom, ketchup and mustard. Extra topping such as jalapeno peppers and A1 sauce, just to name a few, are also available. The best part is all toppings are free, and not only that, but fresh. This burger which was pre-conceived to be simple and straightforward has now become this gigantic mass of fresh veggies, bold flavours, and deliciously cooked 100% fresh beef. The grilled onions, versus your typical raw onions were a nice touch, and tasted more caramelized than grilled. Juicy, messy, and lip-smackingly delicious. This is a pretty damn good burger. Yes you may have to table hover for a place to sit, and wait around 5 minutes for your order number to be called out, but for the taste and price they are offering, these burgers are worth it. Don’t forget your side of Cajun style fries. Crispy, zingy flavoured, medium-cut potatoes with skins on the end. Wash it all down with lemonade. That’s right, someone remembered that Canadians love lemonade too!