Chilebrown at home

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


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.


Zoomie said...

Good to know. We have the Great American Hamburger right here in Point Richmond, but it never hurts to have an alternative when burger hunger hits.

Greg said...

Looking good! There seems to be a swell of new burger joints lately. We got a new one called Smash Burger I've been meaning to try.

Three Dogs BBQ said...

IMHO, I find Five Guys to be overrated. The burgers are average and the fries are below average. But, I know about that fast food burger craving. I like the local burger joints the best...

Chilebrown said...

Zoomie, There are lots of choices. Home made is the best.

Greg, I seem to recall 'Smash Burger' being the punchline of a bad joke. Will be waiting for your report

Three Dogs BBQ, We enjoyed our visit. We only occasionally make the fast food indulgence. I rather fire up the grill at home.

Chris said...

My son is a big fan of 5 Guys but I've never made it there. He says the burgers are great but not as good as mine. Of course, I pay his allowance so I expect that ;)

Lea Ann said...

We have a 5 guys here in Highlands Ranch. Went once and haven't gone back. The food was fine, the restaurant was chaos. Loud, kids screaming, parents yelling..... teenagers .. well, being teenagers. Do you have a Smashburger? It's my choice for eating a burger out,