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5 Guys Burgers 48 E. Washington Street

Yep we were definitely out of our bailiwick this time. Pat was so insistant I figured they had to have something to offer. What I found was an overpriced Steak and Shake without the ambiance. Pat’s single was over 7 bucks and my double burger was more than $8. They do give you a bunch of fries for $3.69 but they were tepid and had an old oil taste to them. Their primary hook is they offer sauteed mushroom and onions as free toppings but that wouldn’t be enough to entice me back.


So in summation I don’t see anything worth going back for. I probably should try another location to satisfy my curiosity but I don’t know that I am that curious.

14 responses

  1. Joe

    You aren’t missing anything. Most over rated burger joint in the universe. I’d love to say that one of the other chains is better, but in reality, nothing beats a burger cooked by your local mom and pop. We have Hinkle’s here in Bloomington and Martinsville has Beefcake burgers (they have pickle fries!), two of my faves.

    September 28, 2020 at 9:51 am

    • Beefcake burgers what a great name for a hamburger joint.

      September 28, 2020 at 10:18 am

  2. I gotta agree with y’all. Our friends all rave about it/. We’ve been twice, two separate locations, and left disappointed both time. Premium prices for not even mediocre food. I’ll pass..

    September 28, 2020 at 10:38 am

    • I don’t get it either. Just no judging what people go for.

      September 28, 2020 at 11:29 am

  3. Ricky Sue

    Binsin, Freddy’s is better, has a larger selection of toppings and shoestring fries that are much better than Steak N Shake!!

    September 28, 2020 at 10:56 am

    • Haven’t been there either. I kinda want to go to Culvers for a butter burger. How do they compare to Freddys?

      September 28, 2020 at 4:51 pm

  4. Agree completely. We went earlier this year, and my burger was so tiny and overpriced, with no combo or sides. My son and I were already at $25 just on the stupid burger, so I wound up drinking water, to spare us another $3. It didn’t taste any different than a regular burger. Oh, for the years when I could go get a half pound burger at Fuddrucker’s, upcharge for onion rings, drink included, and it came out to $9.99 every time. But that ended about 10 yrs ago.

    September 28, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    • I understand completely. For the life of me I do not see the fascination in this joint. I certainly don’t get Pat’s obsession.

      September 28, 2020 at 2:25 pm

  5. When I do go to 5 guys, which is rare, I get the burger without the bun. I do like the new garlic burger at steak and shake. I have to try Freddy’s to see with it is like. Thanks for the post and everyone’s comments.

    October 5, 2020 at 10:05 am

    • You are more than welcome Geri.

      October 5, 2020 at 3:48 pm

  6. OH MAN! I love 5 Guys! Ours is Castleton, and it’s always the bomb! I sometimes get the hot dog, split, fried, lotsa pickle and sometimes I get the mini cheeseburger, also with lotsa pickle. Either way, their fries are MY FAVORITE! Seriously, my favorite fries! I also love their vanilla shake.

    October 25, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    • Well I would suggest you avoid the one downtown. Evidently that one is the weak link. Pat likes them and he thought this version was lacking. Me too.

      October 25, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      • Pity!

        October 25, 2020 at 10:22 pm

      • Yes it was

        October 26, 2020 at 12:37 pm

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