The Peanuts Are Free, But I Can't Eat The Hype.
Three of us had dinner here last Sunday.
I'm not impressed, but I'll cover the good news first: The cajun fries were spiced just right. Restaurant was clean, and that's always good.
I appreciate the free peanuts. Not sure why the peanuts were dispensed out of a box atop the trash receptacle near the front door. When we first walked in, I was intrigued by the sight of a middle-aged gal, in an upper-end suburb like HR, digging through the trash.
But then the peanut gig was explained to me and it turned out that she was just waiting for her order!
The peanut box placement and the sacks of raw potatoes near the counter (hey, look at us, we make things FRESH!) are weird. Is this what passes for authenticity these days?
I wouldn't have minded the use of food as interior decorations, or the crush these cats have for late 70's rock, except then I began to study the menu. Four to five bucks for a burger seems steep, but the toppings are free. All of us ordered the Little burgers and a cup of fries ("feeds 3-4"?)
The spiced right fries were too oily, and that always makes otherwise fresh fries seem not so fresh. Many of the fries were small slivers of potato, so it seemed like someone had just emptied what was left in the frier into our cup. Perhaps they were eager to get out on the floor and rip into another bag
The bun on my burger wasn't baked completely, so it had the color and texture of white sandwich bread. Wouldn't have put too much stock into that either, if the whole sandwich hadn't been mushed together. It looked as if the preparer/ grill guy had mistaken the wrapped burger as a stress relief accessory.
Again, it wouldn't have been a big deal if the burger had been tasty, juicy, fresh. It wasn't. Two or three other burger places/fast food joints serve better and less expensive sandwiches, and they do it consistently (Good Times, Freddy's, Wendy's...)
Was glad we had a chance to try Five Guys, but there's not much point in a return trip anytime soon.