In the eternal struggle for burger dominance, there can only be one victor. There are plenty of independent chains vying for the top spot, but there are 2 that sit at the very pinnacle. The first of these is Five Guys, a made to order extravaganza of meat and brioche buns. If you’re the kind of person that has just been wishing that America would hurry up and send its best junk food this way, then you’re in luck. It’s a greasy, fatty, glorious mess. The traditional diner feel is in full flow here, from the interior of the stores to the minimalistic packaging, you could be at any roadside diner in the states. They even call their chips “fries”, it’s as authentic as they come!
However, there’s some quality behind all that bluster. You’d struggle to find dishes as well put together anywhere else. They might be serving up junk, but it’s expertly constructed. Burgers that are meaty and smoky at the same time, with a pleasing lack of water used to pad them out. Moist salad and sweet tomatoes are rounded off with a slick of your preferred sauce, and the fries are delightfully crisp to the touch. They break apart to reveal a slither of silky potato underneath, just as all good chips should.
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