Five Guys Burgers and Fries with Capt. Bonez
||As many of you know, I’m Prissy’s other half. Some of you may not know me, so here is the “Cliff’s Notes” version. I came to Key West just about 21 years ago to study Marine Propulsion Technology at Florida Keys Community College. In those 21 years I worked at marinas, washed dishes, and managed a warehouse and a hotel department. I now work a “regular” job most weekdays and then my dream job on a charter boat on weekends and whenever I’m not stuck at my desk. Now on to the good stuff.
Many of you know that Prissy hates chain restaurants. On our recent trip to the mainland, we were in desperate need of food after shopping in the morning. In chatting with one of the salesmen we were dealing with, we learned that most of the places in that area were chains. No big deal, we will find something “local” and fun. Prissy put her phone to work and found a local place to try.
On our way there, we passed a large sign for Five Guys Burgers and Fries. I’ve heard of them and heard they are very good. I mentioned “sometime I’d like to try it just because I’ve never been”. Once we got to the location we had punched into the GPS, we quickly discovered the place we were looking for was gone. Prissy offered up Five Guys as a plan “B”. The GPS unit indicated it was 6 miles away and we were off. About 15 miles and several wrong turns and u-turns later, we arrived at Five Guys.
As we walked in, the first thing I noticed was that it was clean and well-lit, as most chains are. What stood out, other than the simple white and red decor, were the pallets with stacks of potatoes, boxes of peanuts, and peanut oil. The menu board was very simple: hamburger, cheeseburger (with and without bacon), “little burgers” (they are singles and the regulars are doubles), regular or Cajun fries, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and veggie sandwiches. That’s it, except the toppings…there are 14 different ones, ranging from lettuce to Jalapeno peppers. You can have any or all of the 14 toppings added to your burger for free.
|I had my cheeseburger with lettuce, grilled onions, and mayo. Prissy had her’s with grilled mushrooms, pickles, and Jalapenos. We also ordered a large order of fries to split. These burgers are cooked to order, so we found a table and waited for our number to be called. A few minutes later, our order was called and I picked up our bag of food (no trays here). Wow is all I can say, the burger was loaded with cheese and toppings! Sloppy, gooey goodness, and real HAND CUT fries!!
After eating our burgers and most of the fries, we realized why Five Guys’ food has been recommended by so many friends. It’s quality food at a decent price. With drinks, my wallet was a $20 bill lighter and we left with full bellies and very satisfied.