Last weekend Sweets, Red Shirt, and I piled into The Association™ Wagon and ventured to the alien world of Renton in search of Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Our journey was made all the more perilous when we discovered that there is no mapping website known ro man that will give you remotely accurrate directions to the listed address. It seems to only exist in the parallel universe of “The Landing”, which appears to be some sort of mall complex.
After some diabolical black magic from Sweets, we found the restaurant. Decorated with sacks of french fries and painted red and white, the gimmick is that they also serve complimentary peanuts in the shell. This makes more sense when you see that thet cook their french fries in peanut oil. The fries are definitely the highlight of the experience.
The menu is somewhat limited, consisting of 8 variations of hamburger, 3 types of hot dog, and a “Veggie or Grilled Cheese” sandwich. There are 15 condiments available to customize your sandwich, 7 of those available upon request. Not being a mushroom fan, I was a little disappointed that I had to scrape off the shrooms, but to be fair that was my fault for not realizing mushrooms came standard.
I ordered a Bacon Cheeseburger, Kosher Style Hot Dog, Fries, and a Coke. Another quirk of the menu is that the regular burgers are actually two patties, with the “Little” burgers being the single patty burgers. It was a lot of food. A largwe fries is enormous. There’s no need for one person to order anything other than a regular size.
The burger was quite good, tasting like a homemade burger. The hot dog was a normal-sized weiner split down the middle and placed in a fresh bun. The fries were awesome, even if I couldn’t finish them.
If you’re near a Five Guys loction, I’d recommend giving them a try. They’re good, upper-level fast food burgers with bonus hot dogs. Is it worth driving from Seattle to Renton? Not really. Red Mill is still the king in the Seattle area. But if you’re driving along and spot one out of the corner of your eye, you shouldn’t think twice about pulling off and grabbing a bite to eat.