Posted by: Orlick | August 27, 2008

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries – Levittown, NY

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries
3497 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, NY 11756
(516) 796-1237
Category: Burgers

EXCELLENT BURGERS!

This place is all about their peanuts. They are free while you wait and they love to mention that their fries are cooked in peanut oil. This appears to be what they think separates them from the rest. —- It’s not, its the burgers, the environment and their generosity.

They opened up late last year and are already legitimately competing for the best burger on LI. They don’t have signs up with empty proclamations (cheeseburger cheeseburger); the signs are all attributed to papers and magazines mostly along the east coast.

All-American watch out! Luckily the fries are not as good as yours, but the burgers — you are beat! The burgers are hand made and they feel like it. A regular burger is a double pattie. They don’t advertise it at all. I have so much respect for this. It’s not a big deal. It is what it is – Their burgers have two patties… no explanations, no excuses. Also, a la Cheeburger Cheeburger (not to be confused with cheeseburger cheeseburger), you can get as many toppings as you like from a list of around 15. I got mayo, ketch and fried onions and I liked it.

Prices are moderate. Portions are healthy. I ordered a large fry and the owner scoffed at me, “Thats too much for one person, you know.” I showed him my company and he consigned. (Even with my brother and niece, we weren’t close to finishing the fries)

They give you your order in an unmarked paper sack. Why does food taste better coming from a paper bag sack? And how did they know this?

It seems like this is a very smart business with zero pretension. Everything has a system, and all the systems work. Decades of perfecting the burger business has culminated in Five Guys. I am happy to live in the year 2008.

Shout out to Mr. Pibb who makes a special appearance at the beverage counter.

Links:
Five Guys Official Site

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