My friend and podcast co-host Mike and I have embarked on a Burger Tour of the Twin Cities in a quest to find the best burger in the area. Expect reviews and rankings during our journey. Our latest visit is detailed below.
Five Guys is a fast food joint and has no qualms about looking the part. Red-checkered decorations line the bright white walls, the lighting is fluorescent, the burgers are ordered at a counter and the wooden seating is designed to get you in and out in minimal time. Despite the fact that they offer free peanuts, you won’t want to hang out at Five Guys any longer than possible.
Luckily, a millisecond after you bite into your burger, you couldn’t possibly care less about the ambiance.
The standard Five Guys offering is of the double-patty variety. It’s salty and boasts perfect consistency, and is completed with a simple bun and your choice of probably a dozen free toppings. Crispy, skin-on, Cajun-flavored fries complete the feast. Mike and I attacked our meals in silence, and didn’t speak up until we were finished. It was that good.
While racking our brains for criticisms, we were able to conjure up just two minor quibbles: the double-patty fare results in a messy-as-hell burger. (Both patties fell out of Mike’s burger at one point near the end; I averted my eyes as he embarrassingly tried to reconstruct the sandwich before giving up and shoving the entire handful into his mouth.) The final complaint is with the cheese, which is very low-quality in nature.
Overall, the sterile environment and messy experience means very little. Five Guys is easily our favorite current burger and we expect it will hover near the top of the list throughout the tour. Get there soon.
Venue: D // Burger: A
1. Five Guys
2. Buster’s on 28th