Five Guys has finally found it's way to Evansville, bringing burgers and mountains of fries to anyone willing to visit their east side location. I had the privilege, nay, the honor, to pick up a meal for my daughter and I the other night. Was not disappointed, from start to finish, a very pleasant and professional experience.
First, I was surprised that their pricing was extremely reasonable. I swore Five Guys in Indianapolis was more expensive, but pricing was right on spot. The small burgers were plenty big, more than enough for my 3 year old offspring. Also, one regular bag of fries allowed us to gorge ourselves and then have enough left over for my wife to gorge on when she got off work.
The location seems a bit off to me, Five Guys is located in the same strip mall as Fox and the Hound and Gander Mountain. Having a college type atmosphere I assumed it would be better located on the west side of Evansville. Weird location or not, for a Tuesday night the place was absolutely packed. All but just a few of the tables were full, no less than 8 people were standing waiting on a to-go order, and the line waiting to order stretched from the registers to the entrance doors.
Five Guys really shined, thanks to professionalism and their employees abilities to absolutely blow through the customers. At any given time there were 8-10 employees standing behind the counter, flipping burgers, taking orders, calling out orders, or just cleaning up. The entire time I was there I never saw one employee standing around with nothing to do, everyone hustled. Because of the hustle I managed to make my way from the front doors, place my order, get my order and walk out with a smile on my face in less than 25 mins.
Once home the burgers and fries tasted just as I had remembered. Delicious. I find that Five Guys burgers are the closest thing to my own back yard grilled burgers. No dried out meat, plenty thick, and they haven't had the taste smushed out of them. The toppings go a long way to blowing other burgers out of the joint. What good is a tasty burger if they have brown lettuce and thin pickles? Five Guys piles the veggies high and careful of asking to have it ran through the garden, it's like having a side salad with burger patties in the middle.
There is something to be said about a fast food restaurant that doesn't even have a freezer on location. Furthermore, the line to the cash register is lined with bags of potatoes, waiting to be cut up and deep fried into the perfect french fry. Everything is fresh! Fresh food, cooked right, and employees that look you in the eye and smile when you approach. I'm sold and will be returning again, probably more frequently than my waste line would appreciate.