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eating at. We wanted something Mexican since SD lies so close to the border. (Going into TJ wasn't very convenient at that moment.) "P" looked up Lucha Libre Taco Shop. Unfortunately, when we got there, it looked like there was going to be a really long wait. Business was booming, which wasn't surprising given that it was Friday night. I decided to drive up to Hillcrest and see if we could find another restaurant. After cruising around a while, we ended up at Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
What I ate: 1) Little Hamburger "with everything" (around 4 USD) - a single patty hamburger with mayo, relish, onions, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, and mustard. 2) Regular fountain drink (around 3 USD). I shared a plain Large French Fries with "P" (around 6 USD).
The burger was just okay. Like my previous experience at Five Guys, I was unimpressed with the presentation: it was haphazard and frumpy. Compare the Five Guys burger with any In-N-Out burger. I defy anyone who would argue that Five Guys' is better looking. As for taste, the burger was nothing spectacular. The toppings did nothing to bring the burger together and the bun - a crucial component - seemed rather dull.
The French fries were whatever as well. Even though Five Guys advertises it, it's no big deal that they're cooked in peanut oil. Most of the fries were limp and soggy - an unforgivable sin.
Barq's I've ever had. "P" got a Coke and he said it didn't taste like Coke. This might have been due to the syrups being dispensed from the same nozzle.
Parking: There is a parking lot right in front.
The Bill: For the two of us, the bill came to around 21 USD.
My Rating: out of four stars (satisfactory to good). Open daily, 11 AM to 10 PM. Credit cards accepted. www.fiveguys.com/home.aspx
Last Word: After dinner, we stopped at McDonald's for soft serve ice cream cones. You know you want one.
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