We were out with S and F, for a morning hike in Lynn Canyon Park, and F was getting seriously hungry. Serious hunger? Five Guys it is.
Located in the Park Royal center in North Vancouver, nobody is going to accuse this place of being particularly easy to get to, but believe me, it’s worth the trip.
We get here – this place is newly opened and it is sparkling clean. The decor is very similar to In-N-Out burger – with clean white/red tiles, white walls, and very spartan furnishings – htis is a burger joint, and there’s no mistaking it. It’s not high-end, it’s not fancy – it’s just clean. These guys are in a low-margin business, and they obviously spend some serious cash on their ingredients – I’m not going to blame them if they go a bit spartan on the furnishings.
The service is friendly, and there is no wait for ordering. I go with the ‘little cheeseburger’ (little means you just want one patty) – I get everything + jalapenos and D gets everything + jalepenos and green peppers. There is a huge choice of toppings for the burgers – and they’ll make it any way you want. We go with a small fries – which is still enough to serve two people. I get a coke, D gets a glass of water, and less than 10 minutes later, we’re sitting down munching into our delicious burgers and fries.
I literally have nothing bad to say about this place. Here’s what’s great:
1. The Burger – while they tend to fall apart a bit (any burger with a lot of toppings tends to), these are delicious. Great tasting real beef, fresh, perfect toppings – my mouth is actually watering as I write this just thinking about how good it was.
2. The Fries – hand-cut real Idaho potatoes – perfectly cooked, lots of flavour, fresh peanut oil – pretty much a perfect fry to go with a burger. Not greasy, perfect amount of salt, and big tubs of ketchup. And many, many fries – more than enough for two of us.
3. The pop – I had a Coke, and the fountain drinks at too many places go too light on the syrup and too heavy on the water to save money. Not at Five Guys – this was a Coke out of a fountain that tasted like a Coke out of a can. I realize that I’m rhapsodizing over a cup of pop here, but I just think that this is one restaurant that pays attention to every little detail – it might be no-frills, but they’ve put a lot of work and thought into everything.
What more could I want? Two burgers, a fries, a coke – for $18. Sounds expensive, but worth every penny. You truly get what you pay for at burger joints. Sure, go to the ubiquitous chain restaurants and pay less, but you are going to be eating some kind of Frankenfood. Go to Five Guys instead, get real food, delicious food, fast food – I’d go here any time.
The verdict: One of the best burgers, and probably the best fries in town from a burger place. I just need one closer to home!
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
501, 2002 Park Royal
Capilano Indian Reserve 5, BC
Tel: (604) 925-3483