Budget Eats: Five Guys

I'll keep this short and savoury...

 ...Mainly because I was so excited to eat my food that photography went out of the window- sorry!

 Five Guys first came to the UK last year with the opening of their Covent Garden branch and more have been popping up nationwide ever since.

If you're familiar with Covent Garden at all, you'll know where I'm talking about... It's the one on the corner with the constant queue.

 In my opinion, it's absolutely worth the wait.

 Luckily for me, there's a much smaller and quieter store in Islington which is just a short walk away from where I live.

When my lovely friend Skye came to visit a few weeks ago, she was feeling slightly worse for wear after a heavy night so some greasy goodness was absolutely necessary to sort her out.

The menu is pretty simple.

Hot dogs, burgers or grilled cheese sandwiches with fries.

I can't talk for the sandwiches or hot dogs, but the burgers are winners.

One of the best things about Five Guys is that you can choose whatever toppings you like for your burger/hot dog with no added charge.

With about 15 options, it's hard not to feel spoiled for choice.

I opted for a little cheeseburger with mushrooms, ketchup, lettuce and onions, with a side of little fries.

Now, describing a meal as 'little' is not something that would normally appeal to me, but bear with me on this one.

A 'little' burger is more than enough. The standard-size comes with two patties which is a bit much for me to handle.

As for the chips? You get a cupful and then the staff shovel an extra load into your paper bag.

They're fried in peanut oil, so they're basically healthy... ish.

 If you're a fan of fizzy drinks Five Guys will be right up your street. 

Their drink dispensers have every flavour of every drink under the sun.

Vanilla-cherry diet coke? Check.
Raspberry Fanta? Check.
Strawberry lemonade? Got it. 

As you can imagine, it's hard not to get carried away.

Five Guys is the definition of greasy in a good way. It's fast food done properly.

My meal came in at about £10, which seems a lot for a meal in a paper bag but as far as I'm concerned it's a lot better than the likes of Byron or GBK.

And in the battle of Shake Shack vs Five Guys?

Five Guys wins- hands down.