Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This past weekend I had the pleasure of finally visiting the Five Guys Burgers and Fries location in Manchester, NH. I've been hearing about this chain for a while now and every time someone asks me if I've ever been to one and I say no, I get the same response. A wide eyed, unbelieving stare followed by some sort of yelling about how much I'd like it and I'm dumb for not trying one sooner. 
So we did.
The inside of the place was clean and minimal. Nothing fancy. Bags of potatoes ran along the main walkway, just to let you know that they do, indeed hand cut their fries right here.  The menu? TINY. You know why? Five Guys aren't messing around filling their menu up with BS. It's right to the point. Hamburgers. Cheeseburgers. Bacon Cheeseburgers. Fries. BOOM. That's pretty much it. Well there may have been some hot dogs on there too, but come on. Who the hell is going to order one of those? 
So I stepped up to the plate and found that with my Bacon Cheeseburger, I got to choose as many items from their condiment list as I wanted. I decided on BBQ sauce, Mayo and grilled onions. I figured those, coupled with the cheese and bacon should make for a solid Burg. Along with this I threw in a large order of fries, which from all the stories I had been told, is supposed to be legendary. 
This is what I was met with. Burger looks like a mess right? It was. But you know what else it was? DELICIOUS. There isn't enough room on the internet for me to say how much I liked it. If I wasn't so damned full by the time I finished it along with the 30 pounds of fries, I would have marched right up and got a second one. The bacon was crispy, the BBQ sauce sweet and tangy, lots of cheese and the actual patties were just wonderful and cooked to perfection. 
See that big ass cup full of fries? I ate the entire thing and then was able to fill the cup back up from all the fries in the bag that it all came in. They were crispy and fresh, and reminded me of the fries you get when you go to the fair. Hand cut and tasty. Not like fast food at all. 
So all in all, a great first experience here. I can't wait to go back. I just wish there was one closer to where I live!
Review by RICH


  1. I think the only downside of Five Guys is the fries. I found them to be pretty blah. The fact that they are homemade is a plus, but for having such excellent burgers, they need to step it up on the fry front. -Mike

  2. I love this place! wish there were more around or at least closer to the Seacoast.. I kinda enjoyed the french fries, simply prepared, no gimmicks and I like how they come in a brown paper bag!

  3. They will let you order fries with no salt added which I love. They are good enough they do not need the oversalting that most places subject their fries to.

  4. I know the owners of Five Guys. Used to eat there for free on a regular basis...first time I have ever really LOVED a burger. Tried to talk one of the guys into selling shakes in their stores and they said it was too much extra work. I say get rid of hot dogs and do shakes and that makes 5 guys epic.