It’s time for another Food Fight, pitting two restaurants head-to-head with a single dish to see which one makes it better. This time, it’s a battle of the burgers between Five Guys Burgers & Fries and In-N-Out, a fight that appeared in my column in Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald.
In honor of National Hamburger Month, this food fight pitted the new kid in town — Five Guys Burgers & Fries — against local favorite, In-N-Out.
Five Guys is an East Coast expat with a simple concept: order a burger with any toppings you want.
They boast more than 250,000 possible burger combinations on their menu, but I ordered a simple cheeseburger (double by default) with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and mayo ($5.99).
My burger was nicely seasoned and the toppings fresh and flavorful, though the bun was a little limp.
The fries ($2.89) — cooked in peanut oil — were crispy and golden. But I was disappointed that the greasy oil overpowered the taste of potatoes.
Five Guys Burgers & Fries is at 1742 North Main St. in Salinas. 444-0170. www.fiveguys.com.
At In-N-Out, I ordered the classic Double Double — two beef patties with cheese, lettuce and tomato — with grilled onions ($3.30).
My burger was a tad salty, but the cheese was perfectly gooey and melted. The bun was certainly up to the challenge of carrying all that meat and cheese.
The fries ($1.50) were crispy, but not greasy. They had a clean taste, like potatoes, not oil.
In-N-Out Burger is at 151 Kern St. in Salinas. 800-786-1000. www.in-n-out.com.
Sometimes you can’t beat the classics — In-N-Out’s Double Double won out for me.
Who do you think makes the better burger, Five Guys or In-N-Out? Email or tweet me!