The long-awaited Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened today at 4302 Ambassador Caffery Parkway and by the looks of the parking lot, you'd think you can't get a good burger elsewhere in this town.
At 10 a.m., IND Eats spotted two guys sitting on their tailgate anxiously awaiting the doors to open at 11 a.m. — these fry fanatics were determined to be the first in line. By 10:55 a.m. the line had passed Five Guy’s neighbor, The Joint, and was wrapping around the entrance of Saladworks, the create-your-own salad concept eatery that opened earlier this week. We can only wonder if all the hype is over the on-again off-again news of the burger chain’s slated arrival to the Hub City in late 2012 or if it’s because Five Guys burgers continue to earn top ratings among its competitors. Nearly a year after the projected opening, you can now try it for yourself.
Here’s IND Eat’s five reasons you should try Five Guys:
The handmade 80/20 ground chuck beef patties are never frozen and cooked to order. Unlike other fast food restaurants, you can see your burger cooking on the grill — it might not be the fastest burger in town, but Five Guys is OK with that and known to say: “If you’re in a hurry, there are a lot of really good hamburger places within a short distance from here.”
There are 250,000 ways to order your burger. It’s hard to believe you could come up with this many ways to order your burger, but Five Guys lets the customer choose as many toppings as they like free of charge. No outrageous condiments here — the usual suspects of mustard, mayo and pickles exist along with a few flavor boosts like jalapeños, grilled onions and barbecue sauce.
The portions are huge for a fast food burger — don’t be surprised if you order the “hamburger” wishing you would have picked the “little burger” instead. Prices start at $3.99. The fries are sized for sharing, so bring a lunch date unless you want to move the old belt over a notch on your way back to work. You will not leave hungry — this is a promise.
The dining room is filled with sacks of potatoes ready to be cut fresh and fried crispy in peanut oil. Notice the board posted with where today’s spuds are from — usually the potatoes hail from Idaho or Washington. In addition to frying in peanut oil, Five Guys has a self-service box of peanuts ready for cracking and snacking while your burger is grilling.
And finally, you can order online and pick up. IND Eats is confident this new burger joint will be jumping for a few weeks while the word spreads around town. Get your grub tout suite by logging onto the Five Guys site for to go orders.
Overall, the menu is simple — burgers, fries, dogs and a few sandwiches, but the taste and the portions are good. Locals may not love the so-called “Cajun style” fries, but it’s hard to pass the South Louisiana taste test on a recipe that started in the Washington, D.C. area.
Our pick is a little burger dressed “all the way” with a side of little fries.
Hungry customers ready for the long-awaited opening of Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
To post a comment, please log into your IND account. If you do not have an account, click the "register" button to create one. Facebook comments can be used as an alternative to creating an account at theIND.com.
NOV 21 Bobby Jindal is headed to Iowa again, the Des Moines Register reports here. The paper outlines what's going on with Bobby's non-campaign for president, and there's a lot of stuff here -- too bad none of it sounds like somebody running Louisiana. Hey, wasn't that the job he wanted?
NOV 21 The end of the term has come for the grand jury investigating a lucrative Medicaid contract and a former state health official's ties to the company that won it, the Advocate reports here, but that doesn't mean the investigation into this stinkiness is over. There are still some things to look into, the lead prosecutor says.
NOV 21 With the passage of two amendments to Louisiana's much-amended constitution (it has been amended almost 200 times now) higher education has an even bigger target on its collective back, columnist Jim Beam opines in this post. Higher ed used to share the spotlight with health care, but that has changed, he says.
NOV 21 Here's a weird one: The Louisiana Cannabis Industry Association has endorsed Bill Cassidy for the U.S. Senate. Apparently, Mary Landrieu said she wouldn't consider support of medical marijuana but Cassidy said he would, WWL reports here.
NOV 21 Solange Knowles, possibly best-known for assaulting her brother-in-law in an elevator while wearing an ugly dress after the Met Ball, got married in the Marigny Opera House this past weekend, the New York Times reports here. Knowles, who has a house in the Faubourg Marigny district and owns a boutique in the Quarter, married Alan Ferguson.
NOV 21 This post on the Fuel Fix blog outlines a $1.4 billion move announced this week by the Apache Corp. that includes the sale of assets in south Louisiana. The company's interests in more than 90,000 acres in south Louisiana are some of the assets being sold, the post reports.
NOV 21 One (possible) positive from Hurricane Katrina is a comprehensive zoning ordinance for New Orleans. Nine years later, we're getting closer to that being finalized, but the current version has some problems. Here's the latest in a series of posts on The Lens in which residents give their views of the draft; this one is more amusing than most.
NOV 21 The new NOLA smoking ordinance is going to harsh your (nicotine) buzz, man. This post on Gambit outlines the high (or low, as the case may be) points: it includes electronic cigarettes and hookahs in its bans; eliminates smoking within 25 feet of any building's public entrance and in any public space - or near any public space - operated by the city.
NOV 20 Politico reports here that Bobby Jindal won't be kept out of the presidential race by anyone else's candidacy. (If he's running, which he's not, 'cause he's not done prayin' on it) So he's not interested in who is running, or what the polls say, or how much money he's got? K.
NOV 20 NOLA Defender's Tiny Daiquiri has a little fun with Bobby Jindal's Meet the Press appearance in this post. Bobby is still prayin' on whether or not he'll run for the job he's been running for over the past three years, Tiny says.