Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Just after moving to Baltimore I told my Hon I had a craving for a great burger. He told me to leave everything to him. He was taking me to Five Guys Burgers & Fries in Canton and he assured me I’d have the best burger blast I’ve ever had. I wasn’t sure I believed him, but I went with it.
When he told me Five Guys was a chain, of sorts, my trust faltered even further, but I kept my mouth shut and my mind open.
Then I opened my mouth. I had to! The burger that was put before me was without question, beautiful! It was big, beefy, sloppy and loaded with my favorite toppings. And it was the best burger I have ever had! It was fresh, perfectly cooked, and D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!
I chose the regular hamburger, which I learned was actually two hamburgers on one bun. Daintier appetites can go for a “Little,” which is one burger. Heartier apps can opt for bacon, cheese or both. For toppings, I went with the basics: onion, pickle, ketchup. Hon got his burger loaded with the big 5 … grilled onions, tomato, mushrooms, relish, lettuce.
All toppings are free and plentiful, and also include mayo, raw onion, mustard, jalapenos, green peppers, A-1 Sauce, BBQ, or hot sauce.
We shared a (ha ha) small order of fries, which were enough to comfortably feed four. Fries were amazing, too, and even though it was such a big order, we managed to eat them all and didn’t finish until we sucked every last bit of salt off our greasy fingers.
Before our burgers were cooked and bagged up, we feasted on a handful of serve yourself peanuts. That was unexpected and fun and it’s a daily amenity at Five Guys. They get bonus points, too, for serving Coke products, instead of Pepsi.
Five Guys is not fancy. You place your order at the counter and they call your number when it’s done. Whether you eat in or take out, your order is served up in a brown paper bag with a fistful of napkins. The music is always obnoxiously loud and the counter guy is usually grumpy, but who cares! These are fantastic burgers and I’d gladly suffer more abuse for a lesser burger. Don’t expect conversation because aside from the loud music, once dinner is served everyone will be too intimately involved with their burgers to be distracted with any conversation beyond, “Mmmm,” “Oh my God,” and “Can you pass the ketchup?”
I’ve been back to the Five Guys in Canton and their various locations many times and it has always been an excellent, extraordinarily filling meal at a budget price. If you’re feeling hungry enough, add a hot dog to your order. They’re super, too!
The Canton location at 3600 Boston Street, Baltimore, is open daily 11 am to 10 pm. 410-522-1580. For other locations, and more info, check in at www.fiveguys.com.