I have a deep dark secret that I share with the majority of this nation. I occasionally crave a fast food burger. The combination of fat, salt, and comforting flavors is a combination that just cannot be beat. There are so many choices to purchase a burger and we all have our favorites. Today we are going to ‘Five Guys’. This chain recently opened in Pinole, California a nearby town. It is located by the local high school for maximum foot traffic. It is so close that the ‘Racing Honda’s tires will not even be warm when we arrive. Thank Gosh!
We arrive at the noon hour. It is fairly crowded with locals, high school kids and a bakers dozen of an armed “Swat Team”. I guess we can have peace of mind of an absence of any foul play today. You go to the counter to place your order. Here it gets interesting. The item choices are small (burgers and hot dogs) but the condiment selection is huge. They call the condiments toppers. An interesting feature for the French fries is the chalk board that lists the origin of the spuds. Today we are having “Lavgarelle Stecklien’ from Blackfoot, Idaho.
. Are you ready for this list? Mayo, lettuce, pickles, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, A-1 steak sauce, bar-b-que sauce, hot sauce are the listed condiments. To make things easier I just order a bacon cheeseburger with the works. You pay and receive a number. All the burgers are made to order. Liquidy Split our number is called.
The burger is just what we need to fill our craving. It is juicy, salty, warm and comforting. The hodgepodge of condiments flavors get lost in its massive jumble. I do taste the mushrooms and grilled onions. The bacon is actually fairly decent. The French fries are crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. The perfect amount of salt teases and taunts you to have another fry. Today’s meal is just what the doctored ordered. Five Guys is now another choice to get our burger on.