Saturday, December 11, 2010

GLUTEN FREE @ FIVE GUYS BURGER

About a month ago, Five Guys Burgers and Fries finally opened up here in Calgary. A successful chain in the US, sort of trying to rival In-N-Out Burger for cult status.
Lots of chatter on the Interweb, even their Prez is a fan.

I went of course on opening day, by myself, to check it out. Located in Deerfood Meadows, not too far from Ikea. The Burger was great, a regular comes with two beef patties, with loads of free toppings to choose from. 100% Peanut oil for their fries, so if you are allergic to peanuts, don't go.  I did not like the fries as much then, however yesterday's order of fries was outstanding.

I had a chance to speak with the assistant manager about their gluten free options and he assured me that their fries are fresh cut and gluten free. How about the bun?
They are not allowed to take your bun into the cooking area (it's an American, over protective, litigation worried sissy corporation after all), however they do offer the "No Bun"
option which is better than a blank stare at other fast food places we go to.....

So yesterday finally, we all went together with a bunch of Victoria's gluten free Hamburger Buns and gave it a try. Lauren and myself had their regular Burgers "all the way" which includes all the toppings, while Victoria and Isabella had theirs on GF Buns with regular Mayo, ketchup and mushrooms.

What can I say? GF PATISSERIE'S Hamburger Buns held up very well , nothing fell apart or slid out (they are large patties) and both Celiacs in the family enjoyed their meal.
I only ordered one large order of fries for the four of us and let me tell you, it was plenty. On the way there, Lauren kept reading  the caloric table of their offerings and that order of fries came in at, ah never mind, it's OK. Just go, bring your own GF Bun, eat and enjoy!

If you are not a fan of crappy Kraft cheese, do not order a cheeseburger. The slice of yellow processed chemicals ruined the Burger during my first visit. Since they won't toast your bread, maybe pre toast it at home to get the full experience.
Other than that, I highly recommend this place for a great GF Burger experience











3 comments:

Simply...Gluten-free said...

5 guys opened up where we live to recently and I love them! I just do lettuce wraps since I dont own a gf bakery :) I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! xo, carol

A Canadian Foodie said...

H. Peter!!!!
WOW WOW double and triple WOW.
Have I every missed reading you. Would you consider getting Feedburner so I could subscribe by mail?
I got caught up with my little local life this fall and have not visited your site since September. What is the matter with me?
It is Christmas Eve, and I have a list (you are on it) of invisible people I wanted to wish a happy holiday to... my family is just stirring, so I don't have long.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!!!
I wish you warmth and love and happiness...
BIG HUG..
and I will TRY to do better...
Really
Valerie

gfe--gluten free easily said...

I do like Five Guys, but rarely go since it's a half hour away and hubby always wants something more than a burger it seems when we do get by there. Son and I love it though. We usually go bunless. ;-)

Shirley