Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good cheeseburger and while I generally prefer homemade (because I can make it as rare as I want to), there are several places around town that make a delicious cheeseburger. I happen to think that Hamburger Heaven (which, even with three locations, inexplicably has no website) is the best “fast food” burger in town, followed closely by Milo’s Hamburgers (it would be number one, but they overcook the beef and the lack of toppings is a minus, even though the secret sauce is delicious). And, as I have said before, Golden Rule also makes a tasty cheeseburger.
That being said, one of my favorite burger joints in the DC area has opened a location in Birmingham over at Brookwood Mall. Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries in what has to be a franchising record has expanded to ‘Bama in the two years since I moved back to Birmingham from DC. The quickness of their spread along the East Coast is even more amazing considering their legendary quality control measures, which Jacob noted awhile back. The burgers at 5 Guys are delicious. Thick, juicy and cooked fresh, like Hamburger Heaven’s, but with a range of toppings that put other places to shame. (Please don’t even mention Fuddrucker’s here. Their dry burgers can’t hold a candle to 5 Guys.) I’m not a huge fan of 5 Guys’ fries, but that’s because I don’t dig on fries that much. If you love burgers, you have to try 5 Guys.
Caveat: Consummate Big Lebowski fan that I am, I have yet to discover the joys of an In-N-Out burger, but I would be willing to back 5 Guys in a taste test. If In-N-Out begins an equally ambitious expansion plan, I think we may have an East Coast/West Coast burger war on our hands.