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Video: Look Out In-N-Out—Five Guys Burgers and Fries Is in Town

The first Five Guys in North County has people lining up out the doors to get a taste.

It has a cult following much like and now North County has its first Five Guys Burgers and Fries. The popular burger chain just opened in the Grand Plaza shopping center on Las Posas Road in San Marcos. Lines have been out the door since opening day on Feb. 25, and no one seems to be going home disappointed.

“Just skip In-N-Out and come straight here,” said one fan. “There is absolutely no comparison!”

Five Guys first opened in 1986 in Arlington, VA, and claims there are 250,000 different ways to order one of their burgers. You will only get fresh ground beef and nothing is ever frozen. In fact, Five Guys locations don’t have freezers.

When it comes to building a burger, get creative. There are more than 14 different toppings to choose from (grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, jalapenos. etc.) and all of them are free. It’s a bit pricier than a typical burger joint. The standard size cheeseburger is $5.79 but comes with two hefty patties. The “little” one cost $4.29 and is still a generous portion. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, and I apparently bit off more than I could chew. Next time, I’ll go for the little guy!

The Cajun fries were out of this world—perfectly seasoned and not too spicy. I ordered a large ($4.99) to share with my family, and we ended up with two heaping cupfuls.

For the kiddos who aren’t burger lovers, Five Guys also offers hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. 

The line was out the door when we arrived at 12:30 p.m. but no one seemed to mind, with free peanuts available to pass the time. About 25 minutes later, we were digging in, napkins in hand.

Count on a bit of a wait while the word gets out about this hot new place. If standing in line isn’t appetizing, consider ordering online. For more information, click here.

Five Guys is also moving into Encinitas and will soon be opening up in the old Daphne's Greek Cafe location near El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard.

Bart March 01, 2011 at 04:03 PM
In fairness though, the regular cheese burger and fries at 5 Guys is almost $9.00. The same thing at In 'n Out is about $3.50
Ann Zevely March 02, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Heather, with a chomp like that you are welcome at our "Lunchcomber" table anytime. Their burger looks much tastier than the In-N-Out. However a budget minded burger bagger may ask to hold the extra $4 or $5 bucks, ouch!.
Deanne Goodman March 02, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Just got to let you know that I posted your review on my facebook and now there's a whole group of my friends who will join me in hitting up Five Guys this weekend to test it out. I'm still in shock anything can be better than In-N-Out.
Heather Zevely March 02, 2011 at 04:21 AM
Deanne, you won't go home disappointed! Different from In-N-Out ( and you can't beat the value there), but I think the description of "heaven on a bun" is spot on for Five Guys :) Thank you Ann... I am a big fan of the "Lunchcomber Ladies" so I take that as a big compliment :) You need to go with Deanne... just bring plenty of money!
Shannon Pearson March 06, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Went to Five Guys last night. There was no place to sit to eat the food so we took the food home. It was not stellar. I suspect it was the mushiness of the fries from the time it took to get home. But the flavor of the fries was way better than In-N-Out. The award for burgers goes to In-N-Out though for sure! Next time I will dine in the restaurant just to verify!

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