In a continuing attempt to teach my kids about food portion size, I went to Five Guys Burgers and Fries to purchase a regular one patty cheese burger hamburger and a regular order of fries (not large or spiced). This is the sized meal I would purchase for each of my kids. My plan was to plate this food on the Portion Plate for all to see.
If you haven’t been to Five Guys apparently they are all the rage. It’s a colorful, noisy, place where you have a limited menu (hamburgers and hot dogs, French fries, onion rings, and soda). You order your food, it gets shouted and one of the many workers slaps your patty on the grill.
To give it credit the restaurant is an artful display of an efficient assembly line.
Also part of the restaurant’s decoration is to display the many, many pounds of potatoes in sacks that they use in their cooking. If you squint your eyes and look sideways, you sort of get to see where your food comes from by the state stamps on the potato sacks.
They serve the food in a brown paper bag which by the time you get home is translucent from the fries’ grease. (hmmmm and if that’s not appetizing…).
On the website, they list the caloric count for the regular fries at 620 calories. At least they say that you get zero artificial Trans fats (Keep that one in your back pocket to tell your Dr. after your heart attack from eating all those fries)
In order to boost the health content (a bit of an oxymoron when talking about Five Guys) I ordered a regular cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Barbecue sauce. (I figured that if ketchup was considered a vegetable then barbecue sauce also had a chance in the pageant). The Little Cheeseburger clocked in at 550 calories (that’s without the add on’s).
This is what a regular Five Guys meal looks like on the Adult Portion Plate
What you can’t see clearly from the photo is how high the french fries are piled. We pretty much had to make our own Eiffle tower of fries to get them all on the plate. Maybe that’s how they should market their meals, as the next creative building block lego- wanna-bes. Your kid gets to be creative while becoming fat.
Now I know that I haven’t been concentrating on calories and have tried to keep the focus on portion size only, but when you have a meal this impressive in the calorie department, it’s pretty tough not to notice. This “regular” lunch is going to cost you at least 1170 calories.
Pretty distressing huh? All meals at this restaurant should be served on Portion Plates, at least that way, you would have an idea of how much extra food you are eating (it’s tough to gauge when you are eating like a horse out of a feed sack).
I’ve been to Five Guys a total of 3 times now.
1. Once to try the new restaurant in town.
2. Another time to verify that it was indeed as greasy as I remembered it to be.
3. And this past time to buy the food for this post (which by the way, Marc ate).
I don’t need to go again.
I suppose if you are looking for quantity then it’s the place for you. I mean, my teenage boys think Five Guys is Heaven. It’s one of the few places where when they leave their black hole stomachs no longer ache with the constant hunger forever found in the adolescent years.
If, however, you are even remotely concerned about your heart and/or health, if you have even a slight desire to be around when your grandchildren appear, then there are many other restaurants out there where you could do better.
A lot better.