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Old 02-16-2010, 09:21 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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and better food, less annoying music
I found the Five Guys burgers to be juicy. Whataburger seems to be going downhill (burgers are getting drier with every visit to different locations).
You can also tell them to change the music or whatnot; I've done it before at other restaurants.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:21 AM
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5 Guys does NOT use free-range or organic cattle. Dunno why their burgers are more expensive. They are touting the "no trans fat" label but that's all I can tell from their site that borders on 'better for you'.

From their website:

While our beef is neither organic nor are the cattle free range, our distributor purchases raw materials from the major meat suppliers in the US and they treat the cattle humanely and follow all the procedures set forth by the USDA.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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Sorry, but Five Guys to me wasn't any better than Whataburger. For the money, I'd go to any of the non-chain burger joints, i.e. Lords, Madrids, Bob's, Bobby J's, Bracken Cafe, etc., etc.....Heck, for lunch, even Silo on Austin Hwy wouldn't have cost much more. and better food, less annoying music
Totally agreed, and I think it's great you'd rather support the local, independent guys.

Still, those places you mentioned aren't any less expensive than Five Guys (which was my point). If you get a burger, fries, and a drink, you'll spend around $10 at these places (not sure about Bob's; haven't been there).

If you want a burger, fries, and drink for less than $7 or so...it's the fast food route.

Good call on Bracken, by the way. That place rules. I wish it wasn't so damn far away.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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5 Guys does NOT use free-range or organic cattle. Dunno why their burgers are more expensive. They are touting the "no trans fat" label but that's all I can tell from their site that borders on 'better for you'.

From their website:

While our beef is neither organic nor are the cattle free range, our distributor purchases raw materials from the major meat suppliers in the US and they treat the cattle humanely and follow all the procedures set forth by the USDA.
Right, but I wasn't really speaking about organic/free range beef. The 'big boy' fast food producers all have low standards for the beef (and other stuff) they use...I have a friend who's 'in the business', and it ain't pretty.

Per my other post, their burgers aren't more expensive than independent places using comparable ingredients.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:42 PM
RGJ
 
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5 Guys does NOT use free-range or organic cattle. Dunno why their burgers are more expensive. They are touting the "no trans fat" label but that's all I can tell from their site that borders on 'better for you'.

From their website:

While our beef is neither organic nor are the cattle free range, our distributor purchases raw materials from the major meat suppliers in the US and they treat the cattle humanely and follow all the procedures set forth by the USDA.
"raw materials"....What the hell is "raw materials"?
Sounds like something you'd get at Home Depot
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:06 PM
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Right, but I wasn't really speaking about organic/free range beef. The 'big boy' fast food producers all have low standards for the beef (and other stuff) they use...I have a friend who's 'in the business', and it ain't pretty.
Per my other post, their burgers aren't more expensive than independent places using comparable ingredients.
It just seemed as though you were saying that they could somehow justify their high prices due to a higher quality meat (i.e. free range) and I went off in search of info. I have made it my goal this year to become a more responsible consumer and so was excited to think that maybe they were a responsible restaurant. Nope. Whole Foods will still be getting my whole paycheck.
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:07 PM
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"raw materials"....What the hell is "raw materials"?
Sounds like something you'd get at Home Depot
That might be healthier actually, rather than some of the crap they DO put in our food.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:10 PM
 
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Five Guys can go back to wherever they came from: $10 and change for a burger and fries from a fast-food joint is ridiculous. You're just paying for the name (and frankly, it's a name that isn't that great).

Viva la Whataburger! ... And if you've got more time, Armadillos or any of the already mentioned sit-and-eat, homegrown burger joints in town.



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Old 02-16-2010, 06:21 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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w00t! Bring back Murf's!!!
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:11 PM
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Bring back Joe's on Blanco Rd

"What'll you birds have?"
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