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Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Woodbridge)

Posted by Simon Yau / Reviewed on March 16, 2011 / review policy

Five Guys Burgers TorontoFive Guys Burgers and Fries has finally arrived in the GTA. I have to drive to Woodbridge for this meal, but the chain (sometimes referred to as an East Coast version of In-and-Out) also has a location in Mississauga, is opening in Scarborough soon and will be expanding to Brampton and the downtown Toronto core before all is said and done.

In other words, Five Guys is coming soon to a neighbourhood near you. So what should you expect?

Five Guys BurgersThe vibe as we walk into Five Guys is gritty and urban. Unlike the warm family restaurant atmosphere many fast food chains promote, Five Guys is a giant sterile room with blaring 80's rock, plain tiled floors, white walls and gaudy plastic signs. Like the difference between a bar and a brewery, Five Guys is more of a burger factory than it is a restaurant. This is not a bad thing.

Equally austere is the menu. There are no salads or chicken strips. You can have burgers, hotdogs and fries. For vegetarians, they offer a kids menu grilled cheese sandwich, or, no joke, burger toppings in a bun. This "veggie sandwich" will cost you $2.99.

I order a cheeseburger and my companion a hamburger. All regular burgers are double patty behemoths, with "little" versions available as a one patty alternative.

A wide variety of toppings -- mayo, relish, onions, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, steak sauce, bar-b-q sauce and hot sauce -- are all free and can be loaded on to your hearts content.

For some reason, Five Guys also offers complimentary peanuts in giant tubs. I don't know what peanuts have to do with burgers, but they're tasty and remind me of baseball games. They also help kill the eight minutes or so it takes for our orders to be ready.

Five Guys TorontoMy cheeseburger ($7.49) is a sopping, greasy monstrosity. It's delicious. The sesame seed bun, slightly toasted and seemingly purposely deformed, is delightfully forgettable. It serves only as a means to hold the burger and at this, it only partially succeeds; it soon falls apart amid an indulgent mix of melted American cheese, grease and beef drippings. The toppings are fresh too, not a limp brown lettuce leaf or droopy yellow tomato slice in the bunch.

The patty itself is typical flat-top style, slightly crumbly and cooked to well-done (Five Guys only serves well-done burgers). The beef is moist and well textured, but lacks significant flavour and seasoning.

The meat used is definitely fresh (Five Guys flaunts the fact their restaurants have no freezers) but the quality just isn't up to snuff compared to a place like The Burger's Priest. This is to be expected from a chain however, and it's still miles ahead of most other franchise fast food options.

Five Guys BurgersThe hamburger ($6.49) is equally daunting and satisfying. Roughly the size of a softball, my companion has a hard time fitting the burger in her mouth. Petite eaters, you have been warned.

Five Guys FriesThe fries ($3.49, regular size) are crispy and slightly overcooked, which I happen to like. The chunks of fresh cut potato are huge and come in a ridiculous portion skin-on. The Cajun fries are dusted with a smoky chili powder that is tasty, but my preference is for the plain variety.

Five Guys is not a gourmet burger. There is no foie gras to be found on the premises and you will be in and out in less than thirty minutes. That said, although it might not compete with some boutique burgers in Toronto, for those seeking a no frills quickie Five Guys is an excellent choice. When compared to other fast food options, it actually becomes a bit of a no brainer.

In other words - it's definitely been worth the wait.

Five Guys Burgers Fries Toronto

Discussion

56 Comments

ira / March 17, 2011 at 09:06 am
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I first experienced 5 Guys in Dulles Airport in DC. The only food place that had a lineup..so we decided to try it..I am soo dang happy that its opened in Toronto...its soo good...
Brandon / March 17, 2011 at 09:29 am
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Finally! Can't wait for it to open downtown.
Erin / March 17, 2011 at 09:30 am
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I've been to most of their other locations across Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Kingston), and I can safely say that I'm addicted. They're not gourmet, but damn they're the best fast food burger that I've had.

I'm so excited to have one here. I just wish it was closer to the subway!
M-PC / March 17, 2011 at 10:18 am
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Tried Five Guys in Chicago. It's awesome. The burgers, the fries, even the peanuts while you wait! YAY!
matt / March 17, 2011 at 10:19 am
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before anyone brings it up: its a chain restaurant, don't ask for medium rare, don't hope for medium rare, don't bitch at the lack of medium rare. want medium rare, cook it at home {trust me, you don't want that from a chain, its a trip to the hospital waiting to happen}. welldone chain burgers are the house wine or cola of burgers. they can be quite good,especially for the price, just don't expect a life changing experiance. that being said, those burgers look damnhellass tasty
Patrick / March 17, 2011 at 10:20 am
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Five Guys is always a must stop for me when I'm in the Mid-Atlantic. I'm glad that they have started expanding near Toronto.
AL / March 17, 2011 at 11:14 am
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I've tried both Burger's Priest and Five Guys and it's hard to compare. Both are my top 2 burgers. In terms of taste and quality of the beef patty itself, BP gets the slight edge. But the overall burger (with toppings like grilled mushrooms and onions at no extra charge) along with their overabundance of fries, Five Guys gets my vote. In Obama, I Trust!
AmyK / March 17, 2011 at 11:17 am
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I kind of like the look of that soft little bun. I'd rather it dissolve into the burger salad (all the stuff that ends up dropping off from the huge burger) than having to force myself to eat it after the rest of the good stuff is gone.

Nom.
geg / March 17, 2011 at 11:41 am
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wonder how hero burger feels about this!
Andrew / March 17, 2011 at 11:53 am
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get a side of cigarette butts half price when you order two or more double cheese burgers. man i love this place!!
real chedda / March 17, 2011 at 11:59 am
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That cheese looks gross.
Chedda Bob / March 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm
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I don't know if I like 5 guys touching my meat.
Amanda / March 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm
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Their "veggie sandwich" sounds ridiculous. Even KFC can make a decent vegetarian sandwich, for crying out loud.
lister / March 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm
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Anyone know yet where in the downtown core the location will be?
lister replying to a comment from Amanda / March 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm
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I think the point is that if you're vegetarian you shouldn't be going to that chain.
morga replying to a comment from geg / March 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm
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Hero burger serves the worst gross hockey puck burgers in town. The people who eat there will eat anywhere, I'm Hero aren't concerned that their customers all of a sudden know what flavor and texture is.
Dawn Mills replying to a comment from lister / March 17, 2011 at 01:02 pm
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If it is anything like most locations on this website, east of Yonge, south of Bloor...
Jerome / March 17, 2011 at 01:34 pm
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I've been to the Mississauga location. Both my friend and I were quite disappointed. The burgers had little flavour. The cheese is absolutely awful....that processed Kraft single-type crap. For eight bucks, it should be real cheese. The fries were solid, but were overly-salted for our tastes.

Atmosphere was fun, made us forget that we were in a sterile strip mall in the middle of nowhere.

For that price point, both South St. Burger & Lick's are much, much better.
Kevin / March 17, 2011 at 01:54 pm
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Personally,

I prefer Gourmet Burger Company; they have about 4 locations now in Toronto; much better burger.

South St. is my 'large chain' fav....

Burger's Priest is also quite good, my top 'indy'

Of all the fast food chains, its BK that is undoubted worst overall (what terrible fries) ....but McDs is only has fries, its burgers are less than forgettable and Wendy's is only slightly better.

A proper array of burger chain's in this town would be South St., GBC and 'old school' Lick's
mister_E / March 17, 2011 at 02:07 pm
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Two weeks ago my buddy took me there. He was paying, so I was all in. I was really shocked at the price. Two banquet burgers, 1 small fries and one drink cost over $25. Other places are equally expensive, but as noted in other comments, they use real cheese. All in all the experience seemed like it was fancy McDonald's, but I guess it gives the suburbanites somewhere to go.
yt / March 17, 2011 at 02:22 pm
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so the plan is to sell us over-priced and over-cooked burgers in a market flooded with lots of superior, cheaper, local options? Oh dear.
Nate / March 17, 2011 at 02:40 pm
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I used to go to the original with my dad in DC years ago. It was cheaper and tasted better then the franchises. That said, it's still delicious.
charlie / March 17, 2011 at 02:51 pm
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lived in DC for a couple of years.

five guys is overrated and definitely overpriced.

every sunday i kneel down in my pew and ask the Lord when he will motivate the evangelical owners of in n out when he (or she) will expand their operation eastwards and northwards. so far, the Lord is making an atheist out of me.
hehugo / March 17, 2011 at 02:51 pm
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I'm not a vegetarian (am for Fridays in Lent however) but if I were a full-fledged one, I would be happy that this place isn't serving an unappetizing looking puck of non-meat product and slapping the label of veggie burger on it. And as the reviewer said that the toppings are fresh and not limp, ordering one of their veggie sandwiches wouldn't be that bad, certainly better than any of those tasteless pucks.

Glad to see Five Guys here in Canada, I work close to the Woodbridge location and definitely will be stopping by soon. By the looks of it, it's the way a burger should be. Burgers were meant to be of this sort, yes with processed American cheese! that is what In N Out and Shake Shack use, slightly crumbly, cooked on a flattop, and thin. But it is disappointing that they can only cook it well done.
mikeb replying to a comment from charlie / March 17, 2011 at 02:58 pm
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Praise the Lord and pass the double double animal style with a side of extra-well done fries.
nippleholic / March 17, 2011 at 04:46 pm
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In N' Out > Five Guys
mrs leny / March 17, 2011 at 06:47 pm
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I'm vegetarian and the veggie options sounds pretty good with the addition of green peppers, grilled onions and mushrooms for $2.99. At first I thought it would be just lettuce, tomato and pickles and condiments.

And why would a vegetarian eat there? Well, in my case, mr leny is a carnivore and I'll be accompanying him. Glad to know there will be something I can eat other than french fries.
handfed / March 18, 2011 at 02:52 pm
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The vibe was "gritty and urban." -- isn't that just another way of saying "there are black people in there" ?
Bubba / March 20, 2011 at 10:11 am
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looks like the reincarnation of Fatso's, minus the milk shakes
va_in_ca / March 20, 2011 at 04:24 pm
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5 Guys started in my home town of Arlington, Virginia.

The answer to the peanut thing, has to do with an Old Southern tradition. Sadly, Arlington, VA is no longer part of what true Southerners in the States consider the South anymore.
Erica replying to a comment from mrs leny / March 21, 2011 at 08:24 am
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Hehe you're silly. Enjoy your tomato bun.
Francois / March 21, 2011 at 01:31 pm
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Tried it in Pittsburgh some time ago. Extremely ordinary. Why does everyone squeal in delight when even the most boring American businesses cross the border? Sounds like a self-esteem problem to me.
gelmibson / March 21, 2011 at 05:39 pm
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Yeahhy, more hormone laden unethical beef products to saturate the fast food market. Why do you think most of these pop up franchises will only cook their beef to a crumbly charred consistency? Law suits and ease of mass order execution. Its kind of sad when you see poeple getting giddy over this stuff.
Oh and btw, i'm not a tree hugger or a vegetarian, I eat meat.
My beef (nopardonpun) is the rate that these burger bars and beef outlets are popping up. You see a burger bar or fast food burger joint literally every few blocks. It is the same as coffee bars, these are just beef bars serving pre measured orders of red meat to satisfy carnal unhealthy addictions people do not even realise they have.
Eat it now and again, np. Red meat is not meant for continual consumption in our diets, its grossly unhealthy and bad indicator of western society. Chill out on the beef people, especially this low grade s@#t. Smarten up.
gelmibson / March 21, 2011 at 05:50 pm
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And before it starts, yes I spelled people wrong. Sorry people.
Also, going to debate the southern tradition thing va in ca.
I think you get unshelled peanuts to keep you busy while you wait when they get slammed and to fill you up so when you leave your like "damn i'm full" They would rather serve you 4 oz patties and free peanuts then 6 oz's of beef per serving.
Would love to hear of this beef and peanut tradition from Virginia (please enlighten) but I am gonna go with economics.
Lauren / March 24, 2011 at 06:18 pm
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I was so disappointed with Five Guys. After all the hype, I had to try it out. When I checked out their website, their FAQ section left me a little worried about their ethics. While I don't have allergies, I found it worrisome that they would bypass the hundreds of thousands of families that deal with peanut allergies. They not only use peanut oil to cook the fries, but they also have a barrel of peanuts to eat in the restaurant. I find this so unnecessary and I worry about the cleanliness of the peanuts as well. Of course, I didn't have any, but we all know that people walking in from the street probably don't have clean hands. I ordered a regular fry and bacon cheeseburger. The total: nearly $15! I'm all for paying for quality, but they definitely didn't deliver that. The fries were ok and the burger was good, but not worth the price. I don't live in the city so I don't know many of the restaurants mentioned, but South Street Burger and Licks are both far superior. I would compare the burger to Hutch's, which is very good, but at less than half the price, I wouldn't return to Five Guys. The floors at the Mississauga location were very slippery and had obviously been mopped with the same mop they use behind the counter. I wouldn't return to waste my money again.
bugerface / March 31, 2011 at 02:16 pm
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south st is terrible. anyone claiming them as their favourite has zero credibility.

agree that bugers priest has a slight edge on flavour and texture but the toppings at five guys push them to the top.

nothing better than five guys in my mouth
pk / April 6, 2011 at 01:10 am
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overpriced for what you get, just go to licks for a step up
Eat lotsa Burgers / April 29, 2011 at 11:10 am
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Five guys is alright. I would much rather go to Burger Brats at Adelaide and Duncan. It is just a way better burger.
The Flaming Pants / May 2, 2011 at 11:00 am
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decent enough burger, way overpriced.

won't bother going again.
Mike / May 7, 2011 at 01:52 pm
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I had a Five Guys when I lived in Florida and loved it! (too bad they didn't bring the hotdogs to Canada, those are awesome too!)

Then we had a Five Guys when we lived in Calgary, and were sad that the only Five Guys we knew of in Ontario was Kingston.

Upon discovery, we have now enthusiastically tried both the Vaughan and Mississauga locations. We felt that they were jipping us on patty size at the Vaughan location, but the Mississauga one was definitely better (the patty actually filled the bun). And boy is it a tasty burger!

We live right downtown (along the queen streetcar line to boot), so when reading all the comparisons to "Burger Priest," we decided to hop on the streetcar today and check it out, as it's a lot easier to get to than Mississauga!

I was disappointed to say the least! It may be $0.50 cheaper for a basic cheeseburger, but they don't have the topping choices either, such as no mushrooms, and the patty did not taste seasoned at all (which was someones criticism of Five Guys). We are actually on our way to McDonalds now for their 1/3lb Angus Mushroom & Swiss burger because we're still starving after the grocery-store mini-bun and mini-patty burger from Burger Priest.

I think Burger Priest is going to lose some business when the Five Guys downtown location opens, as long as they stick with the Mississauga-size patties.

I think there is an element of local-brand loyalty when people talk about Burger Priest. There is nothing WRONG with them, but I don't think I would go there if there was a Five Guys in the TTC zone. They're certainly not cheap, nor are the burgers any bigger (I think smaller) than Five Guys.

And for the folks that were complaining about the lack of "real cheese" on the Five Guys burgers - perhaps you are not the target audience, because I would not trade the yummy goopy melty cheese at Five Guys for "real cheese."

I'm definitely looking forward to a Downtown location for Five Guys!

Now if only we could get Red Robin to leave their comfort zone on the West Coast...
k. smyth / May 24, 2011 at 08:05 pm
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insanely overpriced tin foil tasting hamburgers. Maybe they should cut down on the amount of employees and make their menu cheaper. I thought I was at a construction site when I walked in, 15 people standing around watching 2 guys work. What a joke! Nothin beats the Burger's Priest hands down!!!!!
steve / May 24, 2011 at 08:59 pm
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Totally agree with K.Smyth. I ordered a burger fries and pop, my wife ordered a burger and we ordered a grill cheese for my daughter. I got my burger, my daughter got a grill cheese with my wife's burger toppings, and my wife didn't get her burger. just the burger fries pop and grill cheese cost me 20 bucks. I have two other kids and if they came with us we would be looking at a 50-60 dollar bill. I don't think so, not for a burger that tastes like a glorified Wendy's burger. I would rather take spend the extra cash on some real food not an overly hyped American turd on a bun.
poomflocker / May 24, 2011 at 09:23 pm
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I agree with steve and ken, I thought it tasted like a really fresh beacon double cheese burger from Burger King back in the day. I thought it was way overpriced for not being organic or GMO free. If I decide to go back it wont be for a while till then I wouldnt recommend Fraud Guys,oops... I mean Five Guys!
Swamps / May 30, 2011 at 10:21 am
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The person who wrote this article was wondering what the connection to free peanusts is. I know they fry their fries in peanut oil - that has to be it. The fries are very good. A regular is 3.49 (+tax). Sounds expensive - but they pile in about a double order worth of "bag fries".
Burger was very good,but very expensive. In the USA the same burger avereages 4.99 at 5guys - here it is 6.50- why do we get "hosed" in Canada???
Jack S. replying to a comment from gelmibson / June 2, 2011 at 02:42 pm
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Virginia (where 5 Guys is originally from) grows a ton of peanuts. They're well-known...at least down there.

Sorry. No conspiracy theory this time.
Foodie Gal / January 8, 2012 at 02:24 pm
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I'm eating a burger from 5 guys as I read this article and the following comments. I can summarize my opinion and 3 words: no big deal!

The burger is good and seems to be fresh. I particularly like the fries, they do taste good and the quantity is overwhelming. Nothing special about the toppings. Apart from grilled onions and grilled mushrooms you can get them at almost any burger joint.

However I do not think I will be going to 5 guys again because it is way overpriced for the quality and the actual content.

I keep waiting for ottawa chain The Works to come to toronto.
Peter E / June 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm
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Wayyy over rated!! Tasteless burger, everything else was soggy.
Unfortunately The Works is even worse, tasteless and dry.
Both FAIL!
Chiq / June 4, 2012 at 08:14 pm
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Went just to try it out. Ordered 2 cheeseburgers, a large fry and a small fry a regular fountain drink and a bottled water. I couldn't believe our bill came up to $36!! The buns were soggy immediately and obviously too small for the burger. The burger itself was bland. The fries were not that great either. Too thick and heavy. I don't mind paying $36 for a burger meal but I expected much better than this. Disappointing but yet I'm not surprised. I would rather take the drive to go to Magoos.
John H / September 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm
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Cannot wait for their store at dundas square. The burger is great and prices are good and the peanuts while you wait is awesome. They have already put up their sign at 329 yonge, dundas square but does anybody knows when are they opening? They have a pretty big sign with many lights and is difficult to miss. I love Five Guys burgers
Toasty / October 28, 2012 at 04:28 pm
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The peanut thing is a major issue. There are a lot of people with allergies to peanuts and for them to use peanut oil and to just have peanuts out there can cause problems. On top of that from the other reviews it sounds like a sub-par place to go.

They need to have signs up to tell people before they walk in that they use peanut oil and have peanuts out in the open.
Overrated / December 19, 2012 at 08:19 pm
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The Dundas and Yonge location is like Lick's, only louder and more expensive.
Larry / December 22, 2012 at 08:28 am
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My wife & I tried 5 guys for the first time (leaside Locn) and were very disappointed. The fries were among the best we have ever had but could not say this about the burgers. At first I thought they forgot to put the meat in mine as the patty was so small overcooked and tasteless. The angus burger at McDonalds is 10 times better. My wife suffered for the rest of the afternoon with Indigestion, whatever they put in the meat did not agree with her. she has never experienced this with other burger places, And to top it off we paid almost double what we would have at other places. All in All a bad experience...
Ahmed Asfour / February 13, 2013 at 05:10 am
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i need Your E-mail to communication
John / March 11, 2013 at 07:42 pm
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We been going to Five guys when it first came to Toronto, for the last 6 months me and my friends are noticing all the stores are dipping the fryers 2 times when they cook it, which make it taste really like shit, I guess that is the way it is when the business got really good and no one cares anymore at the stores, we even told them and called in to head office to complain and they still all doing the same thing, so just look forward for the burgers which is still ok but expect to have shitty fries.



Bryan / April 18, 2013 at 05:07 pm
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You're correct, that cheese is the most fowl yellowish plastic goo I have ever experienced. Ruined the entire place for me.
Adam / September 19, 2014 at 05:22 pm
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This place is for SUCKERS
$9 for a sloppy Joe they call a burger - what a scam for their bland sloppy

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