People are really passionate about food. Talk bad about someone’s favorite place to eat and you quickly find yourself being stared down by the evil eye. One of the biggest food rivalry is two fast food burger chains, Five Guys and In-N-Out. Both parties have their loyal cult followings. Five Guys has predominantly been an East Coast and Mid-West thing, but has in recent years expanded into the West Coast, into In-N-Out territory. On the other hand, In-N-Out has predominantly stayed in the West Coast, until the first In-N-Out opens in Texas later this year.
When you walk into a Five Guys or In-N-Out, you’ll notice the similar red and white checkerboard design and simple menu. But that is where the similarity ends. Five Guys is a burger (or hot dog) that allows you to put ingredients that is unheard at In-N-Out such as A1 Steak Sauce, jalapenos, and grilled mushrooms.
When Five Guys arrived to Henderson (and soon Las Vegas), its like a showdown in the old West. In-N-Out has a lot of showdowns, but no other places can compete against the price, taste, and quality of In-N-Out.
- Bacon Cheeseburger w/ Grilled Onions – Bacon is one of those things where you can put it on anything and it’ll taste good. Well, this is only true if the bacon is cooked properly. The bacon was cooked too crispy for me, that you can’t really enjoy all the bacon goodness. The cheese wasn’t properly melted, so you don’t get the awesome cheesy goodness either. The onions weren’t grilled long enough to truly bring out the grilled onion flavors. The burger bun came straight out of the bag onto my plate, not even heated. With all of these critical flaws, its no wonder the burger tasted just average. But when you’re paying close to $8 for a burger, you expect better than average.
- Cajun Fries – These portions of the fries are huge, even for a regular. Consider splitting with someone. Despite getting a lot of fries, they were lukewarm and really soft. Not hot and crispy fries like I expected. I wasn’t a big fan of the cajun seasoning, but thats personal preference.
As brave as Five Guys is to come onto In-N-Out’s land, they fail to deliver in price and taste. The free peanuts are a nice touch, but it can’t make your burger taste better than In-N-Out or put a couple of bucks back into your pocket because of the more expensive Five Guys burger. Five Guys needs to get back up, fix the issues with their burger, and try again. Until then, stick to In-N-Out.