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Five Guys opens in Mountain View

Uploaded: Feb 12, 2014
East Coast chain Five Guys Burgers and Fries quietly transformed the 2098 El Camino Real space previously occupied by Country Gourmet into a red-and-white-tiled, burger-slinging spot earlier this month.

At Five Guys, customers can build their own burgers from a long list of toppings, from the usual suspects to jalapeño peppers, A.1. Steaksauce and grilled mushrooms. (According to the restaurant's website, there are more than 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys.) A standard burger goes for $5.89; cheeseburger, $6.59; bacon burger, $6,89 and bacon cheeseburger, $7.59.

Five Guys only uses fresh ground beef; nothing is ever frozen and only peanut oil is used. The menu also includes hot dogs (kosher, cheese, bacon or bacon cheese, all around $4 or $5), a veggie sandwich ($3.09), grilled cheese ($3.79) and BLT ($4.99). Fries can be ordered "Cajun style" (topped with Cajun seasoning) or "Five Guys" style (just salt). Go for the regular size ($3.59) or "little" ($2.49).

For some reason, Five Guys also likes to have complimentary roasted in-shell peanuts on hand at all their restaurants, so grab a handful while you're waiting for your burger.

The Mountain View outpost joins more than 1,000 Five Guys across the country, and a handful in the Bay Area (Sunnyvale, Redwood City, Belmont, San Jose, Burlingame). The now-enormous Five Guys empire first started as a family-run burger joint, opened by the Murrell family in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia. (Five Murrell brothers are the restaurant's namesake.) After a few years and a lot of success, the Murrells expanded to the Washington, DC area; then Virginia and Maryland and eventually, throughout the U.S. from Alabama to the Golden State.



Five Guys Mountain View
2098 El Camino Real, Mountain View
650-962-1882
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
www.fiveguys.com

Comments

Posted by Dory P., a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:10 am

I would eat here, but I don't care for their gender politics.


Posted by Chick-fil-haay!!!, a resident of Jackson Park,
on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

It will always be the Red Barn to me.
I do wish Five Guys fries were more like The Counter.


Posted by Double Standard, a resident of Adobe-Meadows,
on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I thought Mountain View was against fast food restaurants and drive thrus on El Camino. At least that is what they said when Sizzlers was to be replaced by one.

Where was the protest about traffic and parking and engines idling?

Double Standards, definitely.


Posted by Uh...OK, a resident of Gemello,
on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Yes, obviously a double standard. I mean its inconceivable that when you say "I thought Mountain View was against fast food restaurants and drive thrus on El Camino." that it could be that you though wrong.. Impossible that your initial premise was incorrect, right?
Also, what side of the building is the drive through on for this restaurant?


Posted by Grande, a resident of Cuesta Park,
on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Can't wait to try it.

I think these days I pick a place based on their sides. You can get great burgers at more than a few places, but great fries and to a larger extent, great onion rings are tougher to locate.

One day some place will open that will do it all...and I'll die of a cardiac 2 years later with a smile on my face :)


Posted by GSB, a resident of Rex Manor,
on Feb 13, 2014 at 8:59 am

It's not a drive thru, people. Get your facts straight before complaining.


Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Jackson Park,
on Feb 13, 2014 at 10:01 am

@GSB:

LOL, if people did that, these forums would be a ghost town.

;-)


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