You know what this town needs? More hamburgers. I can’t get enough of them. I can’t say that I have an absolute favorite. I can find myself craving a square cheeseburger from Wendy’s one day, a Double Double Animal Style from In & Out another, a Carolynn Spence burger from Bar Marmont on a Thursday night, and now add one more to that list, a Five Guys Burger.
I’ve heard it compared to In & Out. Although I feel like it’s better compared to Fatburger. It’s fresh, never frozen patties, are hand formed and thicker than In & Out. They feature many more topping options than the famous So Cal burger chain too. And, slightly more expensive too at four bucks and change for a double burger.
Choose from your standard, lettuce, mayo, pickles, relish, etc. Then dress it up with fried onions, sauteed mushrooms, peppers, A-1 sauce, and BBQ or hot sauce at no extra charge.
The burger comes with two patties, but you can order the little hamburger, and get it with one patty. It’s server on a sesame seed bun and they are slightly smaller in diameter than other fast food chain burgers. Which make for a nice little compact eating experience. I’d rather have a thicker patty over a flattened out, wide bun burger anytime. The pic isn’t that pretty, but the flavor of the ground beef patty was very good, lightly seasoned and really juicy.
The fries come deep fried in peanut oil and you can order them up regular or cajun style. They are semi-thick cut, with the potato skin still lining the ends of the fries. They are crispy and hot, and stay crispy as they cool down. Unlike In & Out fries which are pretty much limp and lack any real potato flavor after being out for a few minutes.
I’ll be hankering for another Five Guys Burger soon. It’s only location, for now, is at the Southbay Pavilion in Carson. Phil Ratner, former president of Mission Viejo-based Marie Callender’s, has the rights to open 30 stores in So Cal. A Cerritos location is set to open later this year. I can only hope they plan to open one up closer to home. K-Town could use a good burger joint.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
20700 Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746