It’s been a week since Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened in Grand Forks, and if my visit there yesterday is any indication, I would guess that a couple thousand people go through there in a day.Â It’s bedlam.Â This town really, really likes new places.
When you walk in the door and you’re the 16th and 17th person in line like TV’s David Schwab and I were yesterday, you contemplate leaving.Â Sometimes television folk like us don’t like “waiting.”Â Somehow, at 11:30 in the morning, the entire place was full.Â But the line moved rather quickly.Â It also helped that they had peanuts to eat while waiting.Â I really hope that it was ok that I threw the shells on the floor.
I ordered a regular cheeseburger, which is two meat patties.Â A regular hamburger is also two patties.Â If you don’t want two patties, you needed to order the “small.”Â I also got the fries.
With approximately 18 people working there, it didn’t take too long to get our food.Â Now, it was pretty good.Â I’m more of a plain cheeseburger kind of guy, but if you wanted to, you could get them with pickles, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, steak sauce, and jalapenos.Â I was pleased with my cheeseburger.Â The fries are interesting.Â They are the big, limp kind.Â And you get enough to feed a family of four.Â It’s insane how many fries you get.Â And while they aren’t my favorite kind of fries, I realize I might be in the minority on that.Â Because most people I’ve talked to go on and on and on about the fries at FGBAF.
All in all, the place is bright and lively.Â And the chaos is mostly controlled.Â The food was very fresh tasting and they obviously have a nice business plan.Â I’m not quite sure how they make the claim about being “so affordable.”Â For a regular cheeseburger, fries, and a drink, your price tag is pretty close to $10.Â That’s too much for a combo meal.Â Especially at a fast-food place.Â But where fast-food burger joints are concerned, FGBAF is above average in quality.Â I shall return, undeterred, but I won’t go there every day.