Five Guys, without exaggeration, is really, really, really proud of its burgers. Posted on at least 20 different large signs at the Lincoln Park
location (there's also an Oak Park
spot) are pull quotes from numerous publications giving Five Guys positive reviews.
"Good burger, no doubt" from the Orlando Sentinel. "Fine dining of hamburgers" from the State. "Worth the pilgrimage for burger lovers" from the Long Island Press.
The pride doesn't stop there; lined side-by-side on the large wall are clippings from various magazines and newspapers of their positive editorial reviews of Five Guys. It certainly adds to the hype while waiting for the five guys — and three gals — behind the counter, all in red shirts, prepare the food.
The menu only has a few main things: burgers, hot dogs, fries and drinks — all in various types. Order the cheeseburger ($5.59) and choose from a wide range of free toppings that include the typical (mayo, pickles, lettuce and tomatoes) to the less-than-ordinary (green peppers, jalapeno, relish and A-1 sauce). Order a side of their Cajun-style fries ($2.59-$4.99) and a regular drink and your bill comes out to just about $11. The burger is juicy and cooked nicely. The fries are made fresh — visible from stacks of red and white bags filled with unpeeled potatoes lined along the tables.
But it may have its overabundance of pride and hype that led to Five Guys' shortcomings. Despite delivering some delicious good old-fashioned burgers, there was really nothing extraordinary about them. Still, despite this criticism, the burgers stood way above your typical fast-food burger joints.
If diners had any thoughts about their most recent meal, Five Guys do let them give their own personal assessment. Right next to the entrance is a bulletin board with markers and paper where diners can post their very own review.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Kimber Solana