Five Guys Burgers have come to Portland, Maine! Located at the Fore Street Parking Garage (which makes it easy to park, if you don't mind paying), the restaurant has the same quality burgers and fries as you'll find in their other stores across the country. I can testify to that, having been to their locations in Manchester, NH, Gloucester, MA, Fairfax, VA, and a few more between the east and west coasts.
You place your order at the counter, and then help yourself to some shell peanuts to munch on while your waiting for your meal. You can choose from hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, and grilled cheese sandwiches. There's a plethora of toppings to pick from, too. You might want grilled onions (my favorite), pickles, mustard, ketchup, mayo, tomatoes, and/or lettuce.
You can select your drink of choice and free refills from the soda fountain. I don't believe they offer coffee, however.
I chose the cheese burger which consists of two good-sized beef patties and lots of gooey melted cheese with mustard, ketchup, and grilled onions.
Hubby preferred to get tomatoes, lettuce, mayo and grilled onions on his cheeseburger. If you don't have enough appetite for a double burger, ask for a small hamburger or cheeseburger and you'll get a single. But their standard burger comes as a double...and it's the best!
Then there's the fresh cut fries. I asked for a regular size order for hubby and I to share, but I think they may have made an error and given me a large; we did our best! All their food is fresh. Nothing is frozen, which may be why everything tastes so good!
There were all kinds of testimonials on the walls from newspapers around the country. This one was nearest to me, so I snapped a photo. There were more recent ones posted however. You may recall that President Obama has eaten at the Five Guys in Washington, D.C. with his family.
We visited after the lunch rush was over, but the dining area is kept immaculate. There are employees cleaning the tables and sweeping the floor constantly to keep it that way.
The chain has received lots of awards and recognition for the quality and tastiness of their fare. I'm not at all surprised! It's my understanding they plan to add four or five more restaurants here in Maine. I hope none will be closer than this.....the challenge to my limited willpower will be too great!
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