As if the Five Guys Burgers and Fries chain didn’t have enough of a cult following yet, it has now added a presidential visit. I’m not going to rave about the burger or knock it. Don’t get me wrong – it hit the spot.
At the counter, there’s a small white piece of paper taped to one of the signs, with a message in sloppy handwriting:
“Obama: cheese, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, mustard.”
As if the Five Guys Burgers and Fries chain didn’t have enough of a cult following yet, it has now added a presidential visit and a big mention in GQ.
Obama probably did as much for Five Guys in that one visit as he did for GM. But it didn’t cost the nation $70 billion.
No, the president didn’t visit this location at Gillette Stadium, now one of several in Massachusetts (and coming soon to Randolph). But that didn’t make me any less curious. What’s all the fuss? I took the presidential seals off my car and headed out for an OTR – on-the-record – road trip.
Well, it’s partly the coolness factor, I think, in a minimalist way. Sacks of potatoes as decoration. A menu that has only three things on it besides the burgers and fries. Free peanuts in the shell like a good old-fashioned bar. A pizza-shop type feel to the dine-in experience with no table service.
Then again, it could be that they serve burgers. What’s more American than a burger and fries? Perhaps a greasy burger. It’s as if they put the takeout in brown bags on purpose, so you’ll see the grease seeping through by the time you get home. It’s like the bag is telling me “we didn’t take all the fun and flavor out of your burger.”
I started with a bacon cheeseburger (the most expensive at $5.89.) Everything after that is no extra charge. I added hot sauce, lettuce, tomato and grilled mushrooms. As for my fries, I went with the Cajun style ($4.09 for a large – plenty for two). I admire that they aren’t shy with the spices.
I’m not going to rave about the burger or knock it. Don’t get me wrong – it hit the spot. Two well-done patties that are juicy with generous amounts of toppings.
But the truth is, I have a hard time finding a burger I don’t enjoy. It’s just an attraction to red meat, I think. I like a medium rare thick burger on my grill. I like McDonald’s and Burger King on occasion.
So yes, I’ll add Five Guys to my list. But not because it’s anything extra-special. Sure, they tout about no trans fats – but who’s worried about trans fats when you’re scarfing down an 800-plus calorie burger? Sure, they tout that they have no freezers, making everything fresh. But I’ll eat at Five Guys because it’s close to my house, has more than the usual toppings at a fast-food joint, and spicy fries that are truly spicy at a good price.
“Taste & Tell” is written after anonymous visits to area restaurants by Patriot Ledger food critics Christine Ordway, Mimi Claffey and Jen Wagner.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 269 Patriot Place, Foxboro; 508-203-9441; www.fiveguys.com
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Credit cards: All major cards accepted
Web site: None