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by Praneel Lal (subscribe)
'I'm a foodie, fashionista and freelance copywriter. Follow me on twitter and instagram @neelsmcgee email on praneel_lal@hotmail.com'
Published April 8th 2014
Obama's Favourite Burger Joint
It is with great pleasure I share with you my story of Friday-night-fate. Now, for those of you who read my blogs (or just stare salivating at the endless pictures of food I share from my Instagram account) will know I am a massive foodie. I am so much of a foodie that I think if it came to the ultimate battle between food and sex, food would win by a long shot. My palate yearns for not only the wholesome vegan variety at my local yoga studio, but that of the downright debaucherous fast-food of burgers, fries and all things 'comfort'.

So back to my Friday-night-fate, I headed over to Islington, for my room mates birthday celebrations at the The Old Queens Head and after a few cocktails embarked on a mission for an extremely late dinner. A few of us stumbled upon what seemed to be a mirage in the distance, but after four sets of nostrils smelt the exact same smell, we knew we were onto a winner, we had landed smack bang infront of the famous Five Guys Restaurant.

Taking a moment to compose myself, I queued in the line and leaned onto a few large bags of monkey nuts that the restaurant allow you to munch on while you decide what you want to order. The service is fast and the staff all appear to be having a great time which is refreshing.

After waiting for approximately 5 minutes we were served. Having scanned the menu of delicious toppings (all included in the cost of the burger ....the burger costing £8). Now, I have read copious reviews on other websites and people have complained about the cost. What I have to say to those people is this: go to Hungry Jacks or McDonalds. When you come to Five Guys, you are coming for the experience and to see what all the fuss is about. It is a choice that you make. You have ample opportunity to view the menu board, see the price and leave, but I assure you, it is worth the £8.

Cheeseburger with the lot @ Five Guys Islington (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)


For £8 I was able to get two patties, and all the toppings I wanted. I got to choose form green onions, jalapeno peppers, grilled mushrooms, pickles, relish and many more. As I ordered 'the lot' with a side of Cajun fries, I was in awe of the soda machine. Now, conventional machines offer you a selection of 4 maybe 5 flavours max. The soda machine at Five Guys offers over 100 types of soda, something I never thought humanly possibly.

The options included:

Coca-Cola®, Vanilla Coke, Coke with Lime, Raspberry Coke, Cherry Coke, Orange Coke, Cherry Vanilla Coke, Diet Coke®, Diet Vanilla Coke, Diet Coke with Lime, Raspberry Diet Coke, Diet Cherry Coke, Orange Diet Coke, Diet Cherry Vanilla Coke, Coca-Cola Zero™, Cherry Coke Zero, Vanilla Coke Zero, Cherry Vanilla Coke Zero, Coke Zero with Orange, Coke Zero with Lime, Coke Zero with Raspberry, Coke Zero with Lemon, Caffeine-Free Diet Coke®, Caffeine-Free Diet Vanilla Coke, Caffeine-Free Diet Coke with Lime, Caffeine-Free Diet Coke with Orange, Caffeine-Free Diet Raspberry Coke, Caffeine-Free Diet Cherry Coke, Caffeine-Free Diet Cherry Vanilla Coke, Sprite®, Sprite with Cherry, Sprite with Strawberry, Sprite with Grape, Sprite with Peach, Sprite with Raspberry, Sprite with Orange, Sprite with Vanilla, Sprite Zero™, Sprite Zero with Cherry, Sprite Zero with Strawberry, Sprite Zero with Raspberry, Sprite Zero with Grape, Sprite Zero with Peach, Sprite Zero with Orange, Sprite Zero with Vanilla, Fanta® Orange, Fanta Fruit Punch, Fanta Lime, Fanta Grape, Fanta Strawberry, Fanta Peach, Fanta Raspberry, Fanta Cherry, Fanta Zero™ Orange, Fanta Zero Peach, Fanta Zero Lime, Fanta Zero Grape, Fanta Zero Strawberry, Fanta Zero Fruit Punch, Fanta Zero Raspberry, Fanta Zero Cherry, Minute Maid® Lemonade, Minute Maid Cherry Lemonade, Minute Maid Orange Lemonade, Minute Maid Raspberry Lemonade, Minute Maid Strawberry Lemonade, Minute Maid Fruit Punch Lemonade, Minute Maid® Light Lemonade, Minute Maid Light Cherry Lemonade, Minute Maid Light Orange Lemonade,

to name a few. Good luck deciding which one you are in the mood for.

You definitely need an appetite to enter this establishment. Ensure that you come empty bellied, and hungry for all you can chow down. You are looking at roughly £15 for your burger, fries and drink. Now I know that might seem pricey, but it is well worth it. Go forth, experience and conquer.

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Five Guys Restaurant @ Islington (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
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When: 11 AM to 11 PM (Mon-Wed, Sun), 11 AM to 12 Midnight (Thu-Sat)
Phone: 020 72267577
Where: Islington and Covent Garden/ Soho
Cost: Gourmet Burger Prices
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