Conveniently located on the west side at White Oaks Mall in Springfield, Illinois, there’s a new burger joint to get your greasy fix. Today was the grand opening of Five Guys Burger & Fries and not nearly as packed as I’d thought it would be. There was a steady stream of customers but no more than a five minute wait for your food. If you didn’t make it out today you can get your burger fix 7 days a week from 11am to 10pm. The only down-side, there’s no drive-thru which is probably a good thing. It doesn’t hurt to add a little exercise to your day before consuming a 300+ calorie burger.
Ordering Food at Five Guys
Walking inside we were greeted by who I can only guess was the manager. He’s a quirky fella but very friendly, something you can’t get too much of around here. From there it’s a straight shot to the counter where you’ve got a large overhead menu that’s very basic. You’ve got an assortment that includes burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, fries and drinks.
You’ll also notice on their printed menu that all of the burgers and dogs come topped with cheese, bacon or just plain. There’s a list of 15 different toppings you can mix n match on your burger or dog without any added cost.
After you place your order you’re given a receipt with a number and you can scoop up some free shelled peanuts and pick your table until they call out your order. So if you’ve got someone with you that has a severe peanut allergy, this probably isn’t the place for you.
I ordered the “Little Cheeseburger” loaded with tomato, mayo, lettuce, pickles and grilled onions. I’m not sure that Five Guys and I have the same definition of “little” because this thing was a monster. Even on my best day with my biggest appetite there’s no way I could eat this whole burger in one sitting. So my advice to Five Guys …. create a baby brother for this burger! There’s also no “kid’s menu” so you might want to split this one between two small children.
It’s exactly what you’d expect from a burger joint …grilled, juicy and loaded with grease. The only thing that made me not feel horrible about eating it was the fact that I put some greenery on there. But hey, you only live once so enjoy a greasy burger when you can right?
I typically judge a restaurant by the quality of their fries. I’m a potato lovin’ girl so it’s important to me. I was excited to see these are natural cut and hearty, not those skimpy matchstick fries you get at many places. Unfortunately, that’s where my love of the fries ended. They were so overwhelmingly salty that even a half hour after eating my lips were still stinging. Perhaps the cooks were a little nervous and over-zealous since it was opening day. At least I hope so because it really is a shame to see such a good fry ruined by a ridiculous amount of salt.
The Hot Dogs
There’s not a lot I can say about the hot dogs. They’re grilled, big and better tasting that what you grab out of the fridge at the grocery store, but that’s about it.
They keep it simple with one size and three flavors offering vanilla, chocolate and strawberry shakes. These taste great but a bit too runny for my liking. I probably won’t order another without asking them to make it thicker.
I’ll definitely be back but only if I’ve got a big appetite. Five Guys isn’t nearly as good as Smashburger but much better than Steak n Shake without the convenience of a drive-thru. For a family of four ordering 2 shakes, 1 tea, 2 regular fries, 3 burgers and a hot dog you can expect to pay a little less than $40.