Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Live Blog!

I'm at lunch at the new Bethesda 5G, which just opened last week. It is listed as store number 1023. I guess they switched to 4 digit numbers, and not just straight counting. (Since they have around 510 stores total.)

Here what I ordered on my bacon cheeseburger: bacon. Yep. Extra bacon counts as a free topping. Should be nice.

News update: Finacial Times on Five Guys


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Regional Differences?

I visited 2 5Gs in Idaho over the weekend, and I believe I have encountered my very first case of regional differences between the various franchises:

Fry Sauce!

It was in one of the pump canisters, where normally there are two ketchup. I bow to the Idaho potato expertise; if they think fry sauce in necessary on fries then so do I.

Now, I have only been to 53 stores, in 9 states, so the other 450-odd stores my have other regional differences. anybody aware of any others?

Thursday, November 12, 2009


This week I visited my 49th 5G - a new one at 14th and I in DC - and my 50th, in Ashburn, Va.

They still taste as good. No burn-out yet. And I still start thinking, about halfway through the burger, about when I am going to get the next one.

The new 5G in DC is listed as store number 1001. I am going to see if I can get an explanation as to why certain stores get the out-of-sequence numbers. For instance, Tampa has a store #5000, and Nationals Stadium in DC has store number 5001. All the others appear to be between 2 (#1 was the original and has since closed - more on that in a later post) and whatever # they are up to now, 500 and some.

Also, I remembered that this new store should have been the 118th within 100 miles of my home, according to their webpage store finder, but when I checked this morning it was 115. I guess that means they have lost a few stores recently. I can only find proof of one store closing so far, but I will investigate.

Typing that last sentence made me feel kinda geeky. Maybe I am taking this 5G thing too far?