So yeah, this is supposed to be the big new American hamburger chain that's sweeping the UK by storm. I never heard of the place while living in the US. I think it was a California chain. I know they have one in Glasgow too.
Wow. What the fuck is with these prices? Actually, maybe I still have the receipt. No, I don't know what happened to it.
But the cheapest hamburger on the menu ("the hamburger") was £6.95. Then a small fries (the smallest size) was £2.95. Then the Coke was £1.95. I don't know exactly. But those three items cost me between £12 and £13. That's twice as much as I ever pay for lunch anywhere.
Well, maybe it's twice as good.
No. The fries claim to be "cajun" but these were just regular fries. Actually, worse than that. These were burnt and not good. Maybe that's what they mean by "cajun". "Burnt". I expected, you know, "cajun" spices. I've had fries like this before and they were great. These Five Guys fries were not.
The Coke was great but it's just from a machine and I've seen these machines before. They're either fairly new, exclusive to Scotland, or I don't go out much. But there's all kinds of choices for beverages that don't exist in real life. Like you can add "cherry" or "raspberry" or "lemon" or whatever to any drink. So a raspberry Coke, for example. Or a lemon...I don't know...Fanta. They just add the syrup. It's a pretty great idea. But as I've said, I've seen these before. Glasgow's Pizza Hut has these machines, for example.
Then the main burger. You were able to add whatever you want to it. There had a little menu of toppings and sauces. The guy behind the counter emphasised that you can have as many as you want and it's free. Wow, really? Somehow I don't think I'm going to recoup the costs of this hamburger in condiments. I just went with onions, lettuce, and barbeque sauce.
The hamburger was okay. Nothing amazing. It was a normal hamburger. They had two patties. It was a cut above, for example, McDonalds. But at two or three times the price? No way. I mean, this is like medium-grade restaurant prices for fast food. No, it's ridiculous.
Overall, a bad experience. I would not go back. Forget about the price, the food was bad. I felt sick for the rest of the day. Until I got home, anyway. But I was close to vomiting on the street right after lunch.
The place was busy, though. They must be doing something right. There's also big sacks of peanuts when you get in. I think those are free. But you'd have to eat a whole lot of them to get your money back from those expensive menu items.
The small fries were more than adequate for me, by the way. They just come in a tiny cup but they scoop a bunch of extra ones into the bag. Or maybe they just liked me.
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