Monday, March 15, 2010

5 Guys. by violet

You all know that I love a good cheeseburger. When my mom moved to Washington D.C. she told me all about the awesome place called 5 Guys. Apparently it’s so good, the President went there. Then I found out that one had moved into the Seattle area. So this Saturday after a nice little run J. and I headed up north to give it a try.

Unassuming store front

The restaurant is in a pretty weird spot – across the street from Northgate Mall in a condo development. The place has a red and white motif that many burger places seem to have (Johnny Rockets, In ‘n’ Out), apparently in the 50s that’s all that was available.

Red and white all over

Stacks of potatoes, and cases of peanut oil were stored in the dining room. They gave the place an informal and comfortable vibe - like you had been invited into the back room.

Sacks of potatoes

The way the process works – you order your burger and then add anything you want from a list of toppings (at no extra charge). The menu is pretty straight forward – a burger, cheeseburger or bacon-cheeseburger comes with two patties and the little versions come with one.

I went with mayo, grilled onion and grilled mushrooms on a little cheeseburger.

My burger - look at that amazing cheese

J. went with grilled onions, lettuce, pickles, ketchup, mustard, jalapenos, tomatoes on cheeseburger.

J.'s burger

And fries of course. Just so you know, the regular fry is more than enough for two people. I tried to order a large on the nice lady behind the counter informed us that was enough for four people.

First bite

The verdict? Amazingly delicious. The cheese was melty and while the meat wasn’t Kobe it was delicious and well seasoned. The bun held up to the vast array of toppings that I threw at it.

And the fries were yummers. Cooked in peanut oil they were crispy on the outside and soft in the center.

Yes, please

5 Guys is quickly climbing my list of burger places in Seattle, especially for under $20 for the two of us.


  1. can't wait to eat yummy greasy food after all this quease passes on....too bad i don't live in seattle!

  2. Don't tell 5 Guys but In 'n' Out is still my fav and that's just down the street from you! Feel better.