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Yeah Five Guys is a decent burger place. Don’t get the “it’s expensive” thing because it’s no more expensive than any other similar level chain food place e.g. Nando’s etc. 
 

I think it’s just seen like that as people compare it to McDonalds and it isn’t McDonald’s. 

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I have to wonder if the whole "proper burger" restaurant fad has had its day. It's so easy to make a really good quality burger at home, it's not exactly difficult and the components are pretty cheap.

 

Even buying quarter pounder burgers from my local butcher (which really are amazing quality), they're £1.10 each. Add in a brioche bun (fancy) and you've got the equivalent of a £8 basic Five Guys burger for less than £2, but it's actually better. You can get really good quality burgers from supermarkets now for even less.

 

The fries at home were always difficult, but the Five Guys website says to stick your oven on at 180 degrees in preparation for your deliveroo (because you need to warm them up, wow!!) The thing is that there's loads of different fries at home options now, even Iceland/The Food Warehouse do TGI Fridays loaded fries for about £2.50.

 

This summer's BBQ season is going to kill the high end burger places IMHO, people aren't going to regularly pay £15 for a burger and fries when they've been doing it at home for a lot less and at better quality.

 

 

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Five Guys is absolutely fine although I do wish they would season their patties a bit more. I wouldn't go there if I was in a city that had Honest, Burger & Beyond etc. available for a similar price, but for a widely available chain I think it's pretty good. Bacon cheeseburger with grilled onions, pickles, jalapenos, hot sauce and mayo is my go-to.

 

@gone fishin' Bit confused by your last point - surely decent burgers and brioche buns have been available to home cooks for years, but high end burger restaurants have still thrived.

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2 hours ago, The Fox said:

 

 

@gone fishin' Bit confused by your last point - surely decent burgers and brioche buns have been available to home cooks for years, but high end burger restaurants have still thrived.

 

Have high end burger restaurants thrived? Byron's went into CVA last year, Ed's Easy Diner went bust, 5 Guys has struggled in the States (but I think the UK operation is a different company).

 

Anyway, there definitely feels like there's a push for higher quality burgers at home, maybe because people are spending more time at home this summer (so more BBQs), but even the variety and ease of buying high quality condiments seems to have improved. Is there anything a Five Guys offers that you can't do at home now?

 

Hey, maybe people want the sterile, almost freshly bleached toilet atmosphere 5 Guys seems to exude....

 

But if you want a decent burger, save your Five Guys money towards a Cobb BBQ. In less than 10 trips to Five Guys, you could have one of these.

 

https://www.lakeland.co.uk/50243/Cobb-Premier-Charcoal-Barbecue-Grill-and-Carry-Bag

 

They're amazing.

1 hour ago, Dapple said:

It's a really odd point, that completely ignores some really important reasons for choosing to eat out.

 

You could make that argument about any type of food (that you can make a 'better', cheaper version at home), yet people still want to eat out.

 

My point was that making a burger at home, that's just as good quality, is a) easy and b) cheaper. The same can't be said of a lot of other chains or cuisines. Hey, I love cooking, but there's still plenty of things that I wouldn't even attempt at home. 

 

Sure, you don't get a dining out experience at home, but I wouldn't say Five Guys is that great an experience. Certainly not worth the premium the price added to it.  Like the OP said, is it worth £17 for a burger and fries? Probably not and I reckon a lot more people are going to think that after this summer of making burgers at home.

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I think it's more likely that people haven't  been making burgers at home and realise they don't really miss the 'premium' experience of Five Guys et al, so are just eating fewer burgers.

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My review of Five Guys is in the "have you ever shat yourself" thread. :s

 

I get the appeal of them being fast, but they just make me sad we don't have In-N-Out over here.

 

Ranking them as better than Byron and GBK (places to go when you want the flavourless cavity wall insulation taste of an early 2000s pub burger) is not exactly a glowing review.

 

Good street food guys (Tongue N Cheek, Burger Bear, Lucky Chip etc.) are a league above 'prestige' chains (Honest Burger, Meat Liquor, Patty & Bun) who are still quite a long way above fast turnaround chains (Five Guys, Shakeshack), then BK/McD/Wimpy, then Byron/GBK if you are trapped in a provincial retail park miles from civilisation.

 

Thinking about it, I'd probably go for Wimpy over Five Guys.

 

(I have literally eaten one burger in the last year and it was from Burger King.)

 

(I think there is a big social aspect to 'proper' burgers. I have never thought to Deliveroo them. I want to be inconvenienced by a big soggy stack of goop while on a day out somewhere or a party.)

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I've never really thought In-N-Out were all that special. I mean, there's a bit of a novelty factor due to scarcity and the fact they make out 'Animal style' to be a mahical experience, but I can't honestly say it's massively different from Five Guys/Shake Shack.

 

Not had any of them for a couple of years though, perhaps I need to do a proper taste test. To the airport I go! 

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On 27/07/2021 at 12:32, gone fishin' said:

 

Have high end burger restaurants thrived? Byron's went into CVA last year, Ed's Easy Diner went bust, 5 Guys has struggled in the States (but I think the UK operation is a different company).

 

I think a lot of the actual high end burger places - so not mediocre chains like Byron and Ed's - have been doing fine, and Five Guys is everywhere now.

 

A lot of them also offered home delivery kits through the pandemic. I am friends with the Honest co-owner and I understand they sold extremely well, to the point where the may become a permanent offering. I tried to get a Burger and Beyond x Smokestak one at one point but they had all sold out in a couple of minutes.

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On 27/07/2021 at 12:32, gone fishin' said:

 

Have high end burger restaurants thrived? Byron's went into CVA last year, Ed's Easy Diner went bust, 5 Guys has struggled in the States (but I think the UK operation is a different company).

 

Byron's got fucked because of the Home Office thing and rightly so, Ed's is still in business but closed a lot of locations, Five Guys is ALWAYS busy round here.

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Late to the GBK discussion, but on the few occasions I've had one, they've been dry as dirt and tough as leather. They might be cheaper than 5 Guys, but they're inedible by comparison. No better than McDonalds in quality, just presented more nicely. Chip portions were tiny (though I'm fully on board with the idea that 5 Guys portions of fries are insane) and the whole experience was disappointing.

 

Also, no-one buys burgers from a chain because they think home cooked ones are too difficult.

You buy them because you're not at home, you're hungry, they're nice and it's more convenient than going home, getting the ingredients and cooking it yourself. Yes, you pay a massive premium for that, but it's the same in any chain restaurant.

Nando's? You can cook tastier chicken easily and far more cheaply at home. Pizza Hut/Pizza Express/Other Pizza Restaurant? Takes a little bit of prep to make the dough but it's still simple, and once it's done your results will shit all over a chain's pizza. Total cost for the dough will be pennies, and even if you go mad on the toppings you'll be paying a tenth the price of a chain pizza.

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