Five Guys Burgers & Fries | Lincoln Park | Burgers | Restaurant
Clybourn corridor outpost of the wildly overrated burger chain. Good fries, though.

Our Review

This is one of several local outposts of the Virginia-based burger chain, an absurdly popular concept defined by fresh-cut fries, free toppings, free peanuts while you wait, and fresh, hand-formed patties cooked well-done. It’s that last little hedge against a potential Jack in the Box-type catastrophe that bugs me most about Five Guys. Sure, it sounds safe, but you’d think a company that boasts about using no fillers and no preservatives in its beef would want to show it off a little more. Its "never frozen American beef" burgers, presumably the same hormone-saturated flesh banned by the EU, aren’t really any better than the chum patties they’re pushing at McDonald’s or Burger King. They’re overcooked and underseasoned, undeserving of the rapturous accolades from across the country that cover the walls. In fact, I feel sorry for the Floridians, Delawareans, and South Carolinians who don’t seem to have access to better burgers--or if they do, the sense to appreciate them--and consistently vote these things the tops. The fries, though, thick, long, and crispy, are something special.

Mike Sula

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