landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
OT: 5 Guys Founder a Michigan Guy
They were pretty good but expensive, the one across the street from my job shut down
I knew I loved that place! Never get a large fry unless you're REALLY hungry.
Have never had a 5 guys burger. No reason in particular. I had an In and Out burger in Vegas and it sucked. Would have rather had a Whopper. Maybe I will grab a 5 guys to see if it is worth the fuss.
That's ridiculous. 5 Guys is good not amazing, but it blows my mind how many people rip on In n Out. Notice that it's almost never Californians, just someone who "had it once and it sucked." It's a little different, and sometimes stuff like that takes some time warm up to. But in terms of fast food burger chains, there is nothing that this country has to offer that it better than In N Out. That is FACT.
It has become a cool hipster thing to rag on In n Out.
I prefer In n Out, but Habit is pretty damn good.
I like the Habit too, but I like their chicken sandwiches so much that I rarely get a burger when I go there. Their BBQ chicken sandwich is legit. But their burgers are pretty good.
Kinda like the Langer's example from the other thread - they could have great corned beef, but their pastrami is so good that I'm going to order that almost every time.
I like their burgers and fries, but the name is a misnomer. It's more like, In N wait for half an hour N Out. They opened another one a couple miles from the one nearest my house and I thought that would reduce the traffic a little, but it didn't help at all. I usually end up parking and going inside because the drive through line has dozens of cars in it. My local Carl's Jr. is being renovated (complete tear-down) and I'm starting to go through withdrawal pains.
Is your local Carl's Jr. on Artesia Blvd in Redondo? Because that's my local (6 blocks away), and it ripped down to the studs a couple of weeks ago.
dude. In and Out was nasty. I don't know if it was good the day after I left but it was nothing more than a B- when I had it. I will take a Halo burger be like I'm good.
Halo Burger for me too, please.
No dude, THAT's ridiculous. A and W beats all of those any day of the week.
Most everyone wants their local burger place to be the best, either that it could be that In N Out didn't live up to the hype. I do agree with you though, I don't know of any other place that sells as good of a burger at the same price range.
For more than 30 years. N Out is okay but I don't think that it lives up to the reputation, though it is pretty good for a fast food burger.
In N Out is the best burger, I'm rather meh on 5 Guys. I am also on the west coast. You probably went to the In N Out on Tropicana since you were "in Vegas". That place is crazy packed nonstop.
Wendy's double burger over In N Out all day everyday.
that there is something good that comes out of the Columbus area?
it wasn't that one. It was like closer to Henderson (close to a schlotzkys deli). It was crazy packed too though.
I thought this was pretty common knowledge. The alumni magazine did an article about him a couple years ago.
EDIT: As a rule of thumb, if there is a well-known company that was founded and owned by a Michigan alumnus, it will likely not be news to most of us years afterward.
Who spend way to much time on this blog. Good tip though sport.
No, I don't think it has much of anything to do with this blog, but most of us keep up on what businesses are run by fellow alumni. That post wasn't mean to be insulting, but just like recruiting news - if it's not new, chances are most of us knew about it. But I'm not saying the thread shouldn't exist.
Oh, I thought someone found five guys to play OL.
Washed down a 5 Guys Double Burger (all the way) with a cigar and a few beers on Saturday. It felt good, REAL GOOD.
Then a Bagger Dave's opened up and I haven't been back since.
Not a big fan of Bagger Dave's
It was pretty good when I went, but nothing out of the ordinary. I'd like to go back and try something else, but I don't even remember what I got at this point.
One of my favorite burger places is Stella's in Grand Rapids. If you ever get a chance to stop by, their burgers are stuffed, huge, and awesome. The fries are pretty killer, too.
Did anybody else notice that the photo used for the "Michigan" frat house is actually a photo of a Cal bears frat house?
Youth is wasted on the young...
Casey's Tavern > Five Guys > Smashburger > Elevation > BurgerFi > Blimpy Burger > Great Plains > In n' out > Wendy's > McDonald's > Burger King
Whattaburger kicks all their asses.
I'll never give my money to Smashburger. My ex runs marketing for them. Fuck them.
Sounds like you literally have.
I had Smashburger once and was not impressed. The idea of flattening a burger that thin only to leave a dry flat burger doesn't make much sense to me, but maybe I didn't go on the right day.
Awesome burger, but if you get to Oklahoma City, check out Braums (several locations). Better even than Whattaburger.
But my favorite burger joint of all time has to be "Rehab Burger Therapy" in Scottsdale, AZ. The Hangover Burger (1/2 lb burger, fried egg, hatch green chiles, bacon, colby jack) is one of the most amazing things I've ever eaten in my life.
... I know the CMO of Smashburger. Not sure if that's to whom you were referring, but he's a good guy in my book. Then again, I wasn't smashing my burger with his.
Well it's a chick. I guess she doesn't "run it" but she helps run it. Lol
They're franchised so were talking about different people lol
I had my first Whattaburger last week and I must say, it was good. A much better value than 5 Guys.
But it's not fast food.
Because ground beef is basically all surface area, cooking it rare is very risky.
But enjoying life is all about risk...
I live IN THE CITY and there are MANY 5 Guys in the city. I'm on the Northside and there is one in Lakeview, Rogers Park, and Evanston just to name a few. While it's not a "pub burger" it is a decent buger on the fly.
There are three that I've been to within 2 miles of Wrigley alone.
5 guys is really solid and pretty pricey. I think my combo was $14 last time.
In N out blows its direct competition of BK, MCD and Wendy's etc. out of the water.
A newer chain around is epic burger and it is similar to 5 guys, but 5 guys destroys them.
Butcher and the Burger on the North side. It is a different category of course, but will be one of the best you've had.
Highly recommend trying Edzo's. There is one in Evanston and hear they opened one in Lincoln park somewhere.
All Chicago peeps should try and have Kumas burger. It's a long wait, but worth it on an off hour during the week.
Purists seem to think Au Cheval has the best burger in town, but I just don't get it. Just down the road is grange hall which I think has better burgers.
And if you are on your way to Ann Arbor (or coming back to Chicago), I recommend a stop at Redamak's in new buffalo.
Will give those other spots a try too,
And dont even get me started on Hot Doug's for dogs/sausage. Sucks he's closing October 4th. The wait has been unbearable since he announced.
Top burgers in Chicago -- these places have great, simple burgers:
1) Owen & Engine
2) Au Cheval
Kumas doesn't do it for me. The burger is too gimmicky with all kinds of crap on it to disguise what is a very mediocre actual burger.
Someone also mentioned Burger & Butcher - I have had that once and it was really good.
Hot chocolate also has a good burger.
Do many fast food burger joints allow you to pick how your burger is prepared? Because 5 Guys is not a gourmet burger restaurant. Similar to an In N Out, it's Wendy's/McDonalds competitor, just better. It's not a sit down, pretzel bun, $17 burger. Don't get me wrong, I like those two. But they have a different time and place. It's like comparing Jimmy John's during the Zingerman's/Maize & Blue Deli debate. They can both be good, but serve a different purpose.
Five guys does cook it to order -- at least at the ones on Fullerton and on Clybourn
Here's a reprint of the story about Jerry Murrell that appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Alumnus:
More than just a Michigan alum, he is an Alpena native. With regards to his campus experience, he said:
"I only applied to one school," he says. For a kid who had never been out of Michigan, university life-and the shocking array of on-campus brainpower-delivered a life-changing, soul-motivating lesson. "With all these scholars around me, I thought I was out of my league. It woke me up to the competition I was going to face in life and made me humble," Murrell says.
There is also some interesting tidbits about the founding of the business and his background in the article.
And a high school classmate of my MIL (within a year or so, anyway).
I just started cutting carbs this summer, yet reminders are everywhere.
Those are good burgers, Walter.
Burgers are ultimate low carb food -- without the bun and ketchup, of course.
My kids used to ask me to take them to Five Guys after hockey practice. Not impressed. I'd much rather walk into any Irish bar, chances are the burger will be bigger, better, and not much more expensive.
Negbang me, but I proved the obvious tonight. Had a bacon cheeseburger with fries at my local Irish pub for $11 tonight, cheaper than Five Guys and light years better. Why anyone who lives anywhere near civilization walks into a chain to get a burger is incomprehensible.
Well perhaps if you named the place we wouldn't neg bang you
Because they don't have time to go sit in a pub? Lots of my life decisions take time into account as much or more than money.
Nothing hits the spot better than a Five Guys bacon cheeseburger.
I grew up on 5 guys at the beach in MD, being from the east coast. I had no idea about the Michigan connection though! I love their fries, I could just get an order of fries for lunch, they give you a while brown bag full.
Best Burger in AA. Ground rules 1. It has to be a place which predominately serves burgers or could be classified as a tavern or pub 2. No major national chains 3. High quality beef gets extra credit 4. Burgers should be judged only after consuming alcohol.
1. Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger. Any list that does not start with Blimpy Burger should be automatically disqualified. The year hiatus has been difficult but hope is on the horizon.
2. Frita Batidos. A little Cuban flavor off of Main St. Well worth the wait.
3. Knight's Steakhouse. An AA classic, may break rule 1 a little but needs to be here. Order an Old Fashioned or Manhattan to wash it down.
4. Jolly Pumpkin. Great beer and fantastic burger. Highly recommended.
5. BurgerFi. New kid in town, prime location on University, tasty burgers and the onion rings are gigantic. Added bonus they serve beer and service is quick (technically a chain but who cares).
Bonus: Elevation Burger on Washtenaw, a small national chain serving organic grass fed beef and fries cooked in olive oil. No pink slime here.
I thought the burger at Jolly Pumpkin was terrible
What's up with the red and white then.
You'll see it in the color scheme of many fast food restaurants. So I guess "all the red" because he's smart, he did go to Michigan after all. :)
of Ohio state fans are "super sized"?
Five Guys is ok, love their theme. Burgatory a new small chain in Pittsburgh is amazing. Bison, wagyu, chicken, grass fed beef all the fixans. Check it out.
I go to a Five Guys near my mom's house in Northern Virginia whenever I'm out there, but I haven't been to one anywhere else. It's pretty good after a night of swilling beer.
Smashburger - disgusting. It was like eating (and I ate about three bites) a block of salt. Completely unacceptable, and I like salty food.
About the first time I had ever eaten at five guys, at my expense. I was a cabinet installer about 6 years ago, and had to go to Indiana for the job. We were there for a week at a mall complex, and we ate at five guys for the entire week. When we got back about a week later, the three co workers that went with me and 15 other employees were on break. Being from Dayton Ohio, at that time we did not have a five guys around. I was starving at about 9 a.m. And I looked over to one of the workers that went with me and said out loud," you know what sounds good right now? Five guys!" at that time the entire break room got silent. This is when I realized that everyone has heard me. That was a very difficult one to backtrack out of.
If you have had the benefit of living in Austin, TX you don't care about any of these arguments. It's Mighty Fine and Hopdoddy's all the way. They are not true fast food joints, more like medium food for Mighty Fine, and give it a while for Hopdoddy's. But after having a burger at those two joints I have not had a fast food burger since.
Now I'm kicking it in St. Paul, MN and I guess the Nook is my new place. Still doesn't top the two in Austin though.
Idk, it looks like you half-started your own mini argument between Mighty Fine and Hopdoddy's right there.
No argument. Each serves its purpose. If you need to go more quickly you go to Mighty Fine. If you have an hour to wait in line before eating (or you can show up at 3:30 on a random week day), you go to Hopdoddy's.
A really good article about Five Guys in Forbes magazine a few years ago, starting with Jerry Murrell at UM, the evolution of the company, the franchise years and now buying back some of the underperforming franchises.
...for the Cup 'O Pizza.
I'm guessing most of us posting in this thread are fat.