Review: Bacon Cheese Dog from Five Guys
I love funky borderline inedible food. Pickled eggs, questionable seafood, super stinky cheeses etc… but quick serve hot dogs don’t really do it for me. Whether it’s from a gas station or chain fast food restaurant, hot dogs tend to be forgotten about, over cooked, unwanted meat filled tubes of mediocrity. The buns are stale. The toppings come from a warehouse storing food for Armageddon, and at best you get a cheap snack that doesn’t make your stomach hurt. Everyone and their grandmother know’s that Five Guys Burgers and Fries (some reviews here and here) is fantastic, but most people completely ignore the fact that they also serve hot dogs. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to see how they stack up. Are they as good as the rest of the menu or do they sink to the depths of gas station semi-food?
Note: I like hot dogs. I just feel they might be the most neglected quick serve food you can get… everywhere on the planet. I also am not from New York City, so please take this review in that context. Just like the burgers, there are thousands of ways to customize your dog. I decided to go with the Bacon Cheese Dog. While I could have played chef and driven down the wacky road with the toppings (steak sauce, lettuce etc..), I went with what seemed best for a review; grilled onions and bell peppers, jalepenos and mustard all on a fully split, extra-large hot dog bun.
This was fantastic. The dog is split down the middle and then grilled. It’s 100% beef, but that matters little to me considering my love for foods that can barely sustain life. What’s important is that it was delicious. Even with all the toppings, it was very apparent that I was eating a high quality, well cooked dog. What knocked it out of the park was the bun and afore-mentioned toppings.
The bun was super soft, but still stood up well to the toppings. Top notch bacon, tangy mustard, sweet grilled veggies, crunchy fresh jalepenos and melted American cheese all played very well together and really took this dog to the next level without over powering it. It was also pretty big. About the size of my hand. After eating it I realized what I had been missing all these years, and to tell the truth if Five Guys stopped serving burgers I think business would be just as good. The price was about five dollars. I would know the exact total, but there was a screaming baby in the store, so I had my friend order while I waited in my car and listened to talk radio. Yes, I am a dick.
Pros: >: Just as good as the burgers but surprisingly, it's a hot dog. FRESH jalepenos, maybe the most underrated sandwich topping. Friends who do as I say.
Cons: Screaming children. (I understand kids are loud, but have some consideration for other people. People go to Five Guys for free peanuts, not the non-existent ball pit or moon bounce). Nutritional value.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $4.6 (Ryan checking in here... found the price :))
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10
Five Guys Bacon Cheese Dog
Calories - 695
Total Fat - 48 grams
Saturated Fat - 22 grams
Cholesterol - 96 milligrams
Sodium - 1700 milligrams
Carbs - 40.5 grams
Sugars - 8.5 grams
Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 26 grams