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Five Guys Burgers, Lincoln Park

by Krista

Five guys potatoes
Five Guys
2368 N Clark St

Date of Last Visit: Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Victim: Me

The Damage: $10

The Background: Something bad has happened in Chicago. And it scares me. I was up in Lincoln Park buying a mattress (which are freaking expensive these days, by the way) and decided to walk down Clark Street and check out the old ‘hood. (My first Chicago apartment was on Deming. The second on Wrightwood. Both in Lincoln Park.)

Only problem is that all the old places in the ‘hood are OUT OF BUSINESS. Except for Frances’, the brunch/lunch place I used to work at on weekends to make bus money. (The same place that told me I was the best hostess/front-of-house they’d ever had. And in the same breath, they told me that because of that, they couldn’t promote me to waitress. My only consolation is that I was the only staff member to negotiate a turkey club on dark rye with a side of fries in addition to regular pay. And the true true regulars did on occasion slip me a couple of extra bucks to make it to the top of the waiting list.)

Anyhow, I walked down to Fullerton to grab a burger. From Five Guys. Everyone raves about Five Guys.

Five guys burger
Now let me be clear…after placing my order, all I’ve done is walk from the counter to my table. And still…the burger looks a little smushed, doesn’t it? I did debate taking a photo of the meat but when I lined up the shot, it was just a bit gross.

So I bite in. This is the small burger by the way. And it’s juicy. Good juicy. But the bun…it’s so soft and gushy. Just a bit of toasting would have made it so much better. But you know I’m biased.

Five guys bag
And then there are the fries. Yes, this is them. I’m scheduling my quadruple bypass now.

Five guys fries
This is a SMALL fries. I think that has to be at least two whole potatoes in there. BIG potatoes. Really. They are very good fries. They’re fresh cut. Most American places these days do frozen. And in my opinion, there’s nothing better than fresh fries. But then again, I’m spoiled. When I was a kid, we always made our own fries. My brother and I would help crinkle cut the potatoes. None of this frozen-in-the-bag shi*t.

The only thing that could have made these fries better was cooking them for about a minute more to make them nice and crispy. (My childhood spent in food service…don’t take the fries out of the fryter until they float to the top.)

Five guys potatoes sacks
Here. Visual proof. This is the entrance way. Five Guys takes their fries very seriously. Those are all the sacks of potatoes there. (And peanuts. Five guys also takes peanuts seriously.)

The Verdict: Decent. But not like dying to go back. But I admire what they’re doing…everything fresh (not frozen) on premises. The potato thing. The peanut thing. It’s cool.

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TippyL September 21, 2010 - 2:30 pm

I’d try them again if I were you. My husband & I tried the one near Loyola University after biking to the air show and I’d never been to a Five Guys before. I wasn’t expecting much but I thought it was delicious. Especially the fries; but you’re right. One small order is plenty for 2 ppl. I also had the small burger but my husband had the regular (which is actually a double) bacon cheeseburger (yes, heart attack city) and his actually looked better.

I’d go back but only if one was nearby.

Nordic Nibbler September 21, 2010 - 4:42 pm

Yes, that burger definitely looks squashed! My recent experience there was fantastic though. I went for the regular burger though, so maybe the additional patty provides some extra structural support 🙂

I know what you mean about the fries; I had to convince Mrs. Nibbler that we only needed one small portion between us – we still couldn’t finish them.

Ah, you have me craving burgers now!

Tom September 27, 2010 - 3:58 pm

I am a fresh chip guy but did not know about this place so I’ll give it a try. Small fries for me though by the look of your experience!

Gino Williams December 11, 2010 - 12:08 pm

Used to love going to Five Guys. Then again, that was five years ago before I started taking meat out of my diet. Even the one in DC waffled between crisp fries and limp fries. As to the burgers, when they got to the point of being so juicy that they squirted when you bit into them, my visits diminished. Have not tried the Chicago store on Fullerton, partly because they took over Wolf Camera spot where I did all my photography shopping and it was personal. Perhaps your next visit will be better.

Krista December 12, 2010 - 9:48 am

Funny…I too lamented the demise of Wolf Camera when I visited Five Guys! That was a friendly place.

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