I really enjoy eating out with my family, but I don’t like spending a lot of money. I especially don’t like getting sick. The worst is getting sick after spending a lot of money! That is why we regularly visit fast-casual restaurants. You can get a good meal, fast and just because it’s fast food, doesn’t mean it’s made with unhealthy ingredients or bad for you. If I get sick, at least I didn’t spend a fortune to do so.
Upon the recommendation of a friend, I decided to give Five Guys a try. Five Guys is a burger joint known for having one of the best burgers around. Not only did I want to understand for myself what the hype was all about, I also heard that the entire menu was gluten free (except for the buns, which I confirmed online). I always clarify when someone tells me a burger joint is gluten free . I ask, “Does that mean I can eat the fries?” You see, gluten free people cannot typically eat the fries because most restaurants cook their fries in a shared frier that they also use for breaded items like chicken nuggets and corn dogs. The verdict is that Five Guys has a dedicated fryer for fries – whew!
I visited the Five Guys in Greenwood Village, CO. The order taker at the front was extremely knowledgeable about how my food would be prepared and assured me they would prepare my burger separately, and that the fries were completely safe for me to eat. I wish I wrote his name down because he was fantastic and completely reassuring to me.
The menu is simple, and easy to follow. They make burgers, hot dogs and fries. It’s not rocket science. They do what they do well. That’s it.
I ordered a regular hamburger, lettuce-wrapped, with pickles, grilled mushrooms and ketchup. When you order, you can choose as many toppings as you want for the same price. Choose from tomatoes, onions, relish, jalapeno peppers, and a variety of condiments to complete your burger. The regular bunless burger is 440 calories. (If you’re watching calories, order the bunless Little Hamburger, it comes with only one patty and is 220 calories.)
This is really a delicious burger. It’s cooked to perfection, juicy and tasty. The only issue is when you get it bunless, you make a huge mess. I had juice dripping down my arms as I tried to eat the burger without looking like a slob! (My husband’s experience wasn’t so messy because the bun soaked up the juices.) Let’s just say I went through plenty of napkins. Depite the mess, it was completely and utterly delicious! I now understand the hype.
I also ordered a large fry, which I shared with my family. I have no idea how many I consumed, but let’s just say the large sized fry was huge – and was more than enough for my entire family to have plenty of fries to go around. The server told me the fries are handcut each morning using fresh potatoes. There’s a sign in the front of the store that announces where today’s pototaoes are from too. (Wish I took a picture of that – next time!)
I’ve since eating there, I’ve learned some interesting things about Five Guys worth sharing. All burgers are made from 100% ground beef. There are no fillers – which means there is no added gluten to worry about. There are also no freezers on the premise at Five Guys. Everything is delivered and prepared fresh daily. Further, all items are cooked in 100% peanut oil, nothing else.
Whatever Five Guys is doing, they sure are making a tasty burger worth the whole-hearted recommendation of Good For You Gluten Free.
P.S. Do not come here if you are allergic to peanuts. There are peanuts everywhere! You can grab a plate full of peanuts to snack on while you wait for your food order… and of course, all items are cooked in peanut oil.