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Five Guys for My Guys

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October 29, 2016 / Burger / By
Katie Schenk

 

Over the past few years, a few awesome burger places have sprung up in Joburg. And, judging by the offers available on Groupon, more are added to the roster every month. I’m a big fan of Duke’s, but Rocomama’s is the hands down South African winner for me. The burgers are good, and the options are wonderfully impressive.

That’s why I wasn’t psyched to head over to Five Guys while we were in the States. I didn’t actually need it. And, to be honest, I would have loved to have saved my burger indulgence for Burger-Fi.

But, the kids came with a different agenda. They were desperate for Five Guys burgers. All of their friends who’ve visited the States had picked up on the hype, and fell in love with the place.

That’s great, but it meant we needed to squeeze Five Guys in during the final few days of our visit. That’s harder than you may think; when preparing to leave, there’s a rush to complete everything that was on the agenda and fell under the “we’ll get to it” category.

To be honest, I’m not exactly certain what I expected. I guess I thought it would be a bit more like Rocomama’s with table service and some really clever ingredients. Instead, it’s more like a Wendy’s where you can order whatever you want on your burger.

I can adjust to anything. And, c’mon, I’ve always loved a great burger.

 

Despite the simplicity of the menu, it took us a little while to get everything together. My mom clearly has ordering down much better than we do; the boys faffed about as did I.

 

But, eventually we got our order in, and the boys headed to “the machine” (as we know the new-fangled, million-combination soda machines). They love that. Give them the option of mixing soft drinks, and they’re all over it.

 

My mom and the boys took a seat, and I waited for the burgers and fries to join them. It was a little lonely, though great fun to watch the action on the grill.

 

Food in hand (and rather well-organised, I must say), we began to indulge.

 

And, it was good. The boys devoured their burgers, though they do tend to do that a lot as they move into this phase of teenagerhood. My mom and I were more cautious, more judgmental.

 

And the verdict?

The boys will always need Five Guys, but I walked away knowing that the burger scene in Joburg is better. For me, that’s a real win – at least until I move to Europe.

Five Guys

Country: United States

Province/State: Ohio

City: Mentor

Address: 9180 Mentor Avenue

Zip/Post Code: 44060

Location Tips: By the K-Mart in the Mentor Commons Shopping Center

Phone: +1 440-205-1750

Website:http://www.fiveguys.com/...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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