Friday, February 26, 2010
Five Guys In Columbia
At one point, Five Guys was a cult joint growing in northern Virginia. Now, it's a solid chain, and it settled into Howard County over the past year with locations at the Columbia Mall and off Dobbin Road.
There is something authentic about a Five Guys. You can watch them fry up potato slices, and you can peek into the back where piles of meat wait to be shaped into burgers.
Real food makes a good burger -- although one that you can't red or pink inside. On our last errand trip to the mall, we split a burger as a snack. Good beef flavor that comes close to my own grill. A bun far better than most burger joints. Really good pickles and mushrooms. This isn't my favorite burger at Victoria Gastro Pub, but that one costs triple and frankly doesn't have fries that match Five Guys' offerings when they're hot from the oil.
The truth about these little chains is that they can vary. The Fatburger in Elkridge hasn't inspired me to return. I'm hoping that Sonic lives up to expectations if it comes to Ellicott City. So far, Five Guys met the standards that lured me to Laurel before the Columbia locations opened. I'm hoping that continues.
Five Guys at Columbia Mall
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
NEAR: This is in the Columbia Mall food court. It is on the ground floor at the end of food court closest to the stores.
Five Guys at Dobbin Center
6435 Dobbin Center Way
Columbia, MD 20145
NEAR: Five Guys is in the shopping area with a Blockbuster off Dobbin Road. This is the backside of the large shopping center that faces Rte 175, but you get there by going south on Dobbin Road from Rte 175 and then turning left at the second light.