Fries. Five Guys treats its fries like some sort of rare earth mineral, announcing which state and farm today’s fries came from with genuine reverence. Five Guys cooks its fries in peanut oil, brags about that, and even offers boxes and boxes of free peanuts scattered around the restaurant to drive home the point. This is bad if you have a peanut allergy, but if you don’t, then Five Guys’ fries deliver a rare nutty/salty taste on top of the fresh potato goodness. In-N-Out’s fries didn’t have any special feature or taste. They were fresh and fine, but not anything to goose the senses. So the fries edge clearly goes to Five Guys.
Overall Taste. Let me note for the record that both In-N-Out and Five Guys offer exceptionally great burgers and both deserve their cult status. Having tasted both, I understand the fierce loyalty that both inspire. In-N-Out is a fine homestyle burger that can be augmented with sauces and veggies and stacked a zillion ways to make it your burger. Five Guys can bring the heat or whatever taste suits you. In-N-Out is the cleaner burger and its wrap makes it the obvious choice if you’re eating on the go. But Five Guys brings a burger that is juicy to the extreme, so much so that you need half a dozen napkins at hand just to keep yourself clean as you bite through it. I prefer the juicier approach, so for me, the east coast approach is the way to go and Five Guys wins on taste. Its burger is simply juicer and tastier than In-N-Out.
That’s two points for each, with a draw in the middle, right? Should that be a tie? Not so fast. Overall taste is the king, so let it be entered into the record that Five Guys still delivers the best burger on the planet.
See Bridget Johnson’s rebuttal here.
Updated: See David Swindle’s response here for Round 3 of Burger Battle
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