Restaurant Name: Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Location: 135 S. Chanucey Avenue, West Lafayette, IN (map it)
Review: There has been a lot of hype around the addition of Five Guys to Chauncey Mall. Everyone I know that had been to one somewhere raved about it so I was pretty stoked when my husband suggested we go there for lunch the other day. It was during the winter break at Purdue, so we were lucky that it wasn’t too crazy over near campus.
We got good parking and it didn’t appear too crazy, but once we got inside, the place was PACKED. By the time we ordered, there was only one table left in the restaurant. I could not believe it was so incredibly full this soon after opening. Wow.
As for the menu, it is as it states in the name, almost exclusively burgers and fries. They have a burger menu, a little burger menu, and fries. Coke products for drinks. You order at the register up front, then wait for your order at the other end of the counter. It’s self serve for drinks, etc.
When you order, you tell them everything you want on your burger – they have a big sign that all toppings are free. Heh. I figured I’d go simple, just a cheeseburger and fries. The cashier was very helpful in alerting us to the fact that the regular order of fries will feed 2-3 people. I wish she had been as helpful when ordering burgers, because mine was HUGE.
So onto the food. There are burgers and little burgers. The difference, apparently, is that the burgers have two meat patties and the little burgers only have one. As you can see from the picture above, the burger, was quite large. Way bigger than I needed, so I know for future reference, get the little burger.
All burgers are cooked well done, you don’t get to choose. One of the things my husband liked most about the burger was that the bun wasn’t huge. We’ve eaten at burger places where you have some meat, toppings, and then 17 pounds of bread surrounding it. This had the appropriate amount of bun.
And it was good. Really good. I said as much after my first couple of bites to my husband, then paused and said, “Does it remind you a little of Wendy’s hamburgers?” He agreed that it did. I’m not saying it’s the same as a Wendy’s burger. I’m just saying that there was something about the flavor that was similar. This was definitely a better burger, but there was something about it familiar too.
The fries were also very good, and the portion was way more than any one person should need.
This is going to be a neat addition to West Lafayette, and if the day I went is any judge, they shouldn’t have any problem staying in business! It’s definitely fast food, nothing fancy or elaborate, but if you are in the mood for a good burger, this is the spot. It definitely beats out AJ Burgers and Beef and Scotty’s Brewhouse as well, as far as burgers go.
Kid friendly: yes.