With all the great gourmet burger places that are popping up, what's there to say about old stand-by, Five Guys? Before Chuck's, before BurgerFi, there was good ol' Five Guys in the Triangle. For those of us who have spent time on the West coast, Five Guys was the closest thing you could find to In-N-Out burger in the area. The Cary location is located on a quiet corner of Walnut and Maynard but once you get inside, it's not gonna be quiet at all because Five Guys is muy popular!
Inside you'll find an old school diner feel with lots of reds, whites and a tiled floor. A box of peanuts greets you on the way in, not that you need any more calories than what you're about to eat. The menu is simple: burgers in many different custom variations, dogs, a grilled cheese sandwich and fries. That's IT! But even with the limited menu options, it may take a while for you to figure out exactly what you want on your burger. You can go with the standard double-patty burger on the little single-patty. Order at the counter with as many toppings as you want and you're good to go! For the fries, you can feed 2 - 3 people off of one order so beware. Grab a drink at the fountain, load up on some ketchup for your fries and chill out while you're burger is cooked to order. Your number gets called out and you go grab your bright red tray with all your eats.
The Five Guys burger is your classic greasy burger joint. Made of all good quality meats, toppings and condiments, be prepared for a bit of a mess. Unwrap the foil and you'll find a hefty handful in front of you. Gooey cheese melting on the sides, leaf of iceberg lettuce, slightly squashed sesame seed bun, a bit of grease on the outside. While a Five Guys burger won't win any prizes for its good looks, it delivers a solid mouthful of meat, cheese, veggies and bun which can be really satisfying. The fries are freshly cut, thick with plenty of substance and potatoey meat. Paired with the caloric burger, you are definitely killing any diets you may be on. Five Guys puts out an honest, old-fashioned greasy burger and some days that is perfect. But I think the place is not at the same level as other options that are now available in the Triangle. So rock on Five Guys but you're no longer top of the burger hill. And that's ok because you still put out some quality eats.
712 Southeast Maynard Road
Cary, NC 27511
3.5 stars out of 5