Looking for one of the best burgers in town? Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which is headquartered in Lorton, opened their first location to little fanfare in 1986 -and now, the company, which has more than 1,000 restaurants nationwide, reports that 1,500 locations are in development.
The recipe for their success is not complicated: The chain only sells fresh burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and fries. Want a salad? You'll have to go somewhere else.
"Find something you love to do and just do it. Make sure your heart's in it," said Five Guys CEO Jerry Murrell in a recent interview with USA Today. "You can't be everything to everybody. You got to be what you are. That's all you can do."
Lorton's Chris Henson said he likes the simplicity, and orders a bacon cheeseburger at Five guys a couple times a month.
"It's a pretty good price, and their food is super good and they have a lot of choices for their burgers," he said. "The only burger that compares is maybe Fuddruckers, but I haven't been there in a while."
Five Guys revenue in 2011 was $976 million, up from $720 million in 2010, according to USA Today.
So, what should you know before walking in and making an order? We've compiled some interesting facts about Five Guys.
- Five Guys claims that there are more than 250,000 ways to order a burger
- All food is free of trans fats
- The fries are cooked in peanut oil
- The restaurant only uses fresh ground beef
- There are no freezers at Five Guys restaurants
- The company does not advertise
How many calories are in a Five Guys meal?Your orderCaloriesDouble-pattied hamburger 700 Cheeseburger 840 Bacon cheeseburger 920 Hot Dog 545 Cheese Dog 545 Veggie Sandwich 440 Grilled Cheese Sandwich 470 Regular Fries 620 Large Fries 1,474
The nearest is located at the Shoppes of Lorton Valley.