Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Light Dinner in Texas

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 1304 Pipeline Road, Hurst, TX 76053 fiveguys.com

This chain began in New York and has consistently earned rave reviews from the Zagat.com crew. Trust me -- they're plastered all over the resto's walls! Yew cain't hardly miss'em. Not the best marketing idea I've ever seen -- Texans despise the "effete East Coast."

Five Guys' gimmick is what you want on your burger. There are two lists of ingredients available -- one printed in black and the other printed in red. Black: mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mustard. If you order "with everything" you will get all of the above. The red print is: relish, onions, raw jalapeno pepper rings,green peppers, A-1 sauce, bbq sauce or hot sauce. Choice of French fries or Cajun style, a powdered dusting of not-so-hot spices. $2.79 for a regular serving, $4.79 for the large.

The menu is disingenuous in this respect: a "hamburger" is a double patty; a "little hamburger" is a single patty. Yes, rather a difference.

I ordered a little bacon hamburger with onions, jalapeno slices and bbq sauce and it was excellent. Thick, juicy meat patty. $4.79 Note for the future: raw jalapeno rings are not nearly as hot as pickled. The Cajun fries were a disappointment, but we took them home anyhow, I had an idea about how to use them with breakfast.

Richie and Red ordered the doubles,and a soft drink for Barbara, who wasn't hungry for a tab that came to $23.87. I'd go for a hamburger anytime, but hold the fries.

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