The much-heralded Five Guys Burgers has opened up on State St. in downtown Ann Arbor. Silvia and I ventured down there Friday night. If the number of people crowding into that small storefront is any indication, Five Guys should be a big hit.
I’m sure you don’t care how popular the place is, though. What you want to know is are the burgers any good?
They are, actually. For five bucks, you get a double patty burger, with your choice of any number of toppings. These include lettuce, tomato, raw onions, grilled onions, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, and a couple of other things I forget. Cheese is an extra 50 cents.
The fries are also pretty good. You can really tell that they’re freshly cut. They have a great potato flavor, but I wish they’d been a little crisper. If you like, you can get them Cajun-style. I think what that means is that they sprinkle some Cajun seasoning on them.
That’s about it for the menu, if you don’t count the sodas. They did have a big box of peanuts out in the middle of the dining room. As far as I can tell it was an eat all you like kind of thing.
The decor leaves something to be desired. They’ve crammed quite a few tables into a very small space, and it felt like everyone was on top of each other, but what do you want for five bucks.
So, what’s the verdict? Well, I’d go back again, but Silvia’s on the fence. I think she liked the food OK, but was put off by the crowdedness of the place. I liked the food, especially the peanuts. We’ll see if it gets less crowded once the novelty wears off.