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First Friday Lunch Review: Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Omaha July 12, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

The Five Guys Burgers & Fries located at 132nd & Dodge was the spot of the first Silicon Prairie News & BrightMix First Friday Lunch. Photo by Danny Schreiber.

Even though it took place on the second Friday of this month, last Friday's lunch was the start of a new tradition at the Silicon Prairie News office in Omaha: First Friday Lunch.

Joining up with the BrightMix team (Kevin Zink, Tony Noecker, and summer intern Rick Knudtson), the Omaha Silicon Prairie News team (Dusty Davidson, Jeff Slobotski, summer intern Andrea Ciurej and myself), grabbed a classic American lunch at Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

Not pictured: Everybody from Silicon Prairie News & BrightMix. Photo by Danny Schreiber.

And now for the purpose of this post, our reviews (out of four stars):

Tony: 3 – The burgers are fantastic, but the fries need work.

Kevin: 4 – I accidentally tried to drink my fries and I was pleasantly surprised.

Jeff: 3 – Speechless, but the grease leaves something to be desired.

Dusty: 4 – The second patty put it over the top.

Andrea: 4 – Five star American lunch for Five Guys. Peanuts are a bonus.

Rick: 4 – Burger was great but what put it over the top was the Vault.

Danny (me): 4 – The grilled cheese was a beef killer.

Overall: 3.7/4

Tune in to this blog, Little Office on the Prairie, each month for more First Friday Lunch reviews. And if you have a Five Guys' review or your own or a suggestion for our next outing, please leave it in a comment below.

Cleaning up after a delicious lunch (in reference to Kevin's review, notice the fries are served in cups).

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Hmmm, I feel in what I understand the spirit of SPN to be you should be reviewing locally owned restaurants. Five Guys is old news, Burger Star on 72nd and Pacific is where its at! There's 300+ Five Guys and only one Burger Star.

Jul 12, 2010 at 11:08 AM
Danny Schreiber AUTHOR

Great point Jimmy! I put the blame on myself: I was and still am riding a Five Guys Burgers & Fries high. Unlimited toppings + free peanuts = delicious.

We'll look local for upcoming First Fridays. There a many great places to try.

Also, it looks like the owners of Burger Star own quite the variety of restaurants: Had never heard of them before, good to know about them now.

Jul 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Yeah, they have some pretty good placed, mostly chains though. From what I understand Burger Star is their version of the burger chain that they're trying to start here in Omaha and then franchise out nationally.

Jul 12, 2010 at 11:49 AM
Kevin Zink

Oh dear, Burger Star? For shame, Jimmy. For shame...

Jul 12, 2010 at 12:15 PM
John Christopher

I hope no one ate this meal ...

Their fries r gross!

Jul 12, 2010 at 05:54 PM
Brandon Day

I love Five Guys. Used to be a treat to eat there when I was in the DC area, when that was the only place they were located.

They have an interesting business model. They do very little, if any, advertising. They rely on word of mouth, and put advertising money back into employee incentive plans. If interested, here is an Inc. article on Five Guys:

Jul 12, 2010 at 09:57 PM
Ivan Buckoff

After reading all the reviews, I was ready to try 5 Guys. I LOVE great burgers and all the reviews I read raved about the place. I was fairly disappointed on many levels. I tried the new location in Pleasant Hill, CA. The staff wasn't as energetic as any of the IN n Out's I've tried. They weren't bad, they just didn't seem very happy. The Burger was very good and they have a number of toppings to add. The Cajun fries I'd heard raved about tasted like french fries dusted in spices and I wouldn't recommend them. I didn't see an option for milk shakes which I love with burgers. The price was about 1/3 more for the equivelant meal from In N Out, on a par with Bill's Place in San Francisco which is hands down better than either chain.

All and all, I'll give them one more try and chalk this up to growing pains. After that, if they don't measure up, I'll stick to In N Out for fast burgers.

Sep 28, 2010 at 01:00 PM


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