It has been nearly a year since I first tried Five Guys - one of two burger chains to make it across the pond from the states. Last week I went to try our its rival - Shake Shack, to see how they compare.
Shake Shack is based in Covent Garden, which is a fab location, and being able to snag a table in the of the covered market made it a perfect spot for lunch and people watching. I ordered a double cheeseburger, chips & cheese, and a peanut butter milkshake. James my ever agreeable dining companion (willingness to sit through me rearranging his plates for food photos being the main qualification required in exchange for me buying him dinner!) went for the Shack Stack - one beef burger and one mushroom burger, chips and a homemade lemonade.
At Five Guys the burgers blew me away, but I was less impressed with the chips (not American enough) or the drink selection (too American - I don't like fizzy drinks or beer so my only option was water). Shake Shack turned out to be pretty much the opposite. The burger were ok, nothing amazing, and a little too greasy even for me. The chips were epic though, and the cheesy sauce was delish. I did love the milkshake as well, it was full of flavou, but perhaps slightly too thick and sweet - I could barely get it up the straw! James choice of home made lemonade was probably a better one - much more refreshing after such a heavy and greasy meal.
I was also a little taken a back by the price. Overall our meals came to over £30 which felt like a bit much for a fast food restaurant. We did both size up on the burgers, which in retrospect was a mistake (I didn't finish everything, and still felt a little bit ill for the rest of the day), but the milkshake was £5 on its own, which seemed like a hefty price compared to other similar restaurants.
Ultimately I don't think either of these quite hit the spot for me. I've still not tried any of the likes of Patty and Bun or Meatliquor so I feel like the perfect burger joint is still out there, I just need to keep eating til I find it!