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Utah Diners Guide

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Review

Review by Dan Purdon

Five Guys has been something of a local phenomenon since it first opened its doors next to the new Cinemark in Orem.  I can’t remember a time when I’ve passed the place without seeing a sizeable line to the register, sometimes even out the door.

I had been here once before with a friend on lunch break, and I remember thinking that it was kind of expensive – I ended up paying over $10 for a burger, fries, and a drink!

I realize now that I was a Five Guys “noob” back then.  (That’s tech-slang for “newbie”, for any of y’all who are scratching your heads right now).  If you play your cards right, you can get a very filling meal there for not too much green.  In fact, this time only cost me $14 for two people! Here’s how I did it:

Tip #1 – Use the buddy system I hit Five Guys with a big group of people this time, including my wife who I could share food with.  Here, it’s pretty much a requirement that you have someone to share fries with.  Seriously people, you need two just to tackle the small fries!  I foolishly forgot this and ordered the large cajun fries for my wife and I to share, and we had to throw in the towel when we were just halfway through.  These fries are thick, hearty, all-American Idaho spuds with a warm kick of cajun, and they will fill you up.

Quick note on the fries, too – they always post up a sign in the restaurant stating what city their potatoes came from that day.  Way to go local!

Tip #2 – Load up on toppings All toppings are free.  You choose whether you want a plain burger, cheeseburger, or bacon cheeseburger (or a double version of any of those), and then you just order toppings to your heart’s content.  And these include the goods, like grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, and any kind of sauce you can imagine.  Take advantage!  I ordered the Double Bacon Cheeseburger (yes, I was hungry) and topped it with “everything from the top row”, which included those luscious grilled onions and mushrooms plus all the classic burger veggies.  The burger was a complete meal in itself!

Tip #3 – Skip the drink I know they might get mad at me for saying that, but if you’re looking to save some change and some calories, just focus on the good stuff!  Skip the soda.  The burgers and fries have plenty of flavor to keep you satisfied.

Tip #4 – Expect a line OK, this one isn’t related to cost, but it deserves a mention for any first-timers.  Five Guys is a popular place.  As a result, there’s almost always a line.  They’ve gotten used to this, and they’re very good at cycling people through said line, but just expect a small wait.

In conclusion, I had a great time at Five Guys.  My burger was tall, chock-full of cheesy-bacony-savory goodness, and worth every penny.  And the fries are worthy of note, too.  And the dozens of people in here at any given time give the place a seriously lively atmosphere.  Word to the wise: it’s not the place to go for quiet romantic conversation.  It’s the place to go when you want to bring the gang and live it up.

Pricing: Inexpensive, $5-10 per person

Five Guys Burgers and Fries – 1051 S 750 E, Orem

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