The only time you’d ever catch me eating at McDonald’s is if it’s late at night, everything else is closed, and perhaps I’m traveling and don’t know where else to eat, or there are simply no other options – i.e. almost never. And I’ve never actually consumed anything from Wendy’s, Burger King, and the like. But like with all things, not all fast food burgers are created equal. For example, my fave “fast food” burger (if you can even call it that) is Vera’s Burger Shack, a local chain. They’re not always consistent, but they’re head and shoulders above the competition.
In my books, Five Guys would rank a distant 2nd. They use only fresh ground beef, nothing is ever frozen (they don’t even own freezers), and their menu is trans-fat free and doesn’t contain pink slime. Sadly, everything is fried in peanut oil.
I have been at Five Guys enough times to have experienced a few unfortunate incidents. Like the time when upon coming home, I unwrapped my burger to find lettuce wrapped mushrooms, and nothing else. I had asked for no bun, but somehow managed to also get “no patty”. Not sure how that made sense to the person putting it together. I was slightly annoyed, but for the most part just amused at how that could’ve happened. Worse was the time when I found a hair in my burger. I guess stuff happens. But still, it really eeked me out.
But other than that, the service is great: efficiency with a smile. The prices are great. And most importantly, the burgers are quite tasty and juicy. They don’t taste overly processed like something you might find at McDonald’s.
I’ve only tried the West Van and Bellingham locations, but they will soon be opening downtown Vancouver as well. Their West Van location is currently closed due to Park Royal renovations.