I first ate at and wrote about Five Guys two and half years ago when, after hearing rumors of their legendary burgers for years from my East Coast friends, I finally ventured down to Carson - the closest location to South Pasadena at the time - to give it a try. I definitely liked it but laughed to myself at the suggestion it was remotely close to being as good as In-N-Out. It wasn't nearly as good, and besides that, it wasn't even the same kind of burger; it reminded me more of Fatburger or The Habit, and both of those places had locations close to Pasadena, so I didn't see myself returning to Five Guys in Southern California.
And I never did. But a few people told me that the East Coast locations of Five Guys were better, so, upon moving to Brooklyn Heights, I tried Five Guys. I did not see any difference between it and the Carson location. But, as I wrote, I definitely liked the Carson location, so that's not a knock. Do I like Five Guys as much as Shake Shack? Nope. But Five Guys is a few blocks closer - and it's always clean and well-organized and the employees there are super-friendly - so I've eaten there several times. Here's some of the things I've had.
Now, what I have done on more than one occasion is get an order of Five Guys fries in the afternoon and then reheat them in the oven at dinnertime. The fries crisp up and sweat out their oil in the oven, which you can then blot to make them less greasy. They are much improved this way... but that doesn't really help you when you're at the restaurant and wanting food.
So I don't like Five Guys as much as the other chains I mentioned the other day: In-N-Out, Habit, or Fatburger, and I've now discovered I don't even like it as much as Shake Shack. But I definitely like their burgers and I'm sure I will continue getting one every month or two, especially now that the weather is getting colder; I imagine proximity will play more and more of a roll in where I dine.