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Five Guys Burgers and Fries, February 10, 2009

When we walked in to Five Guys Burgers and Fries, I was bowled over by red and white. Red and white signs. Red and white counters. Red and white potato sacks. Red and white uniforms (mostly red). It was early, so the crowd hadn't gotten there yet, and I decided to take some pictures. I asked the cashier, "Is it okay if I take some pictures?" He kinda shrugged and said it was okay. Then I told him, "We're with the Lunch with Brian Web site." He wasn't particularly impressed.

an unimpressed cashier

All they have on their menu are different variations of hamburgers and hot dogs plus a grilled cheese or veggies sandwich and two types of fries (Five Guys style and Cajun style). Even with a short menu, it made for big decisions. Brian and I both went in thinking hot dog, but ended up with burgers. I was so caught up in pretending I was somebody, that I ordered wrong (hamburger instead of cheeseburger).

They are proud of their $2.59 fresh cut french fries cooked in peanut oil. They even tell you from where they got the potatoes. Today's potatoes were from Teton, Idaho. We got the Five Guys style fries, and Brian squirted malt vinegar on his. I wasn't going to at first, but then I was seduced by the thought of vinegar fries. They were good.

When we sat down to wait for our fresh hamburgers to be ready, Brian got a cardboard boat full of roasted peanuts. They were a nice, before-meal treat. The Five Guys try to discourage people from taking peanuts out of the restaurant by claiming the act might cause allergies.

A box of peanuts that says due to possible allergic reactions please do not remove peanuts from store

After we ate for a while, a lady in red came by to ask if she could refill our drinks. We said we were fine. Then she asked if she could clear some of the trash away. Again, we said we were fine. Then she got a little pushy (in a funny way), so we let her go ahead and take some trash away. Later, Brian and I speculated that perhaps she really did think we were big time restaurant critics since I was putting notes into my iPod touch the whole time. To the lady in red: Thanks for the enthusiasm!

Brian noted that they play rock and roll music in the restaurant. They were playing The Rolling Stones' "Let's Spend The Night Together" when we got there. When we left, they were playing Eric Clapton's "Layla." At the risk of alienating all of our Eric Clapton fan readers, I give you this paraphrased dialogue:

Brian: Layla is one song I never have to hear again.
Kim: Yeah?
Brian: But it's much better than almost every other Eric Clapton song.
Kim: Even "Tears in Heaven?"
Brian: Most especially "Tears in Heaven." That's a good example of a reverse desert island disc.
Kim: Like the top ten records you hope not to be stuck on a desert island with?
Brian: Yeah.

We really liked Five Guys Burgers and Fries and predict they will one day make our list of Lunch with Brian All Stars. If we can ever settle on the criteria for am LwB All Star restaurant. It's not that we disagree. We just spend more time talking about making the list than actually making the list.


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