Five Guys: Fantastic Fries

Where: Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Raleigh Brennan Station, 8107 Creedmoor Road location, Raleigh, NC, 27613 (Five Guys is a franchise and can be found in multiple locations. Check their website to find a Five Guys near you.)

GF Menu: No.

What I ate: Bun-less Cheeseburger + Five Guys Fries

How to order it: When you place your order at the counter, ask for your burger “without the bun.”

The Five Guys website contains an FAQ page that answers some questions about allergies. They acknowledge that their buns contain gluten.

They also mention peanut allergies, since they use peanut oil in the kitchen and serve peanuts in bulk containers in the restaurants. Due to the risk of peanut allergies, they post signage on the doors with this warning.

Since the Five Guys website does not mention specifically which items are Gluten-Free, you may want to exercise caution when selecting toppings for your burger. Some common condiments contain distilled vinegar, which can be made from many things, including wheat.

What it looks like:

You can’t see it in this photo, but there was a thin and juicy, well-done burger patty under the cheese, crisp lettuce, and fresh tomato slices. Even bun-less, my burger was served in the traditional foil wrap, so don’t forget to pick up utensils.

The fries – oh, the fries! If you have ever been to the NC State Fair and eaten Al’s French Fries (which currently has a Facebook Group with 11,000 fans and growing), the Five Guys fries taste similar to those. They are square-cut, with the skins still on, fried in 100% refined peanut oil, and tossed lightly with salt.

They also offer “Cajun Fries”, which are sprinkled with a seasoning that the server compared to Bojangle’s Seasoned Fries. I do not know whether the seasoning at Five Guys is Gluten-Free, so if you are feeling adventurous, GF Reader, you may want to ask the server about it.

Green Note: The Five Guys website explains that their menu is trans-fat free and that there are no freezers in any Five Guys restaurant location. This means that the food has never been frozen; only kept in coolers. They use only fresh-ground beef.

On the day I visited, there was a sign over the counter saying, “Today’s potatoes come from (Farm Name, City).” Knowing where our food comes from, or “food mapping”, is a terrific green practice.

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Published in: on May 24, 2010 at 11:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

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