In-N-Out (Poway) and Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Naval Base San Diego)
May 26, 2011 § 10 Comments
We’re still not sure why but they still have people standing outside taking orders during off-peak hours, every single time we’ve been there. We get the same thing each time, double double with everything, fries and milk shakes. Vanilla for me, chocolate for the Mister. Not paleo diet but it’s for when those times he takes a little break.
We stopped by the In-N-Out on Mira Mesa before going to the one in Poway and I swear that the Poway double doubles tasted different. At least the first dd that at the Poway location. It was the sauce I think. The Mister thought it was a little different too but he couldn’t put his finger on what either. I think I’ll have to do a side by side comparison of the two locations in the future.
One of the burgers seemed to have a lot more cheese than the other one only because of how all the cheese is oozing out on one end. A snippet shot of regular fries in the picture below. Boy these fries really suck once they are cold. What we do now is eat the fries while driving home. (One for Mister, one for me. One for Mister and one, two for me…). The fries are okay but I can take it or leave quite frankly.
We like In-N-Out double doubles. I like the taste of the hamburger with its Thousand Island Dressing-sque sauce. The Mister wants to try a 4×2 but not sure if he can eat it all. We barely get through a whole dd by ourselves. But I’d like to see him try. Maybe if he got it sans buns.
In-N-Out (Poway and multi locations throughout San Diego)
12890 Gregg Court
Poway, CA 92064
Sunday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m
This past weekend, we were down at 32nd Street Navy Exchange and after a bit of shopping, I was starting to get really hungry. So the Mister suggested checking out the food court for some lunch. And what did we see when we walked in? Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Awesome! Since this was a food court, there didn’t seem to be the free peanuts that some other locations have.
Five Guys is often compared to In-N-Out. The Mister has had Five Guys on numerous occassions, back East and on the Coronado Naval Base. I’ve asked him how the two compared and he just shrugs and says, their hamburgers! So this was a good opportunity to compare the two since we just had In-N-Out a week before.
We both decided on the Bacon Cheeseburger. I wanted mine “All The Way” (insert tease and blue balls joke here). All the way gives you Mayo, Lettuce, Pickles, Tomatoes, Grilled Onions, Grilled Mushrooms, Ketchup, and Mustard. The Mister got the same thing. Here’s what mine looked like when I opened the foil wrapper. At first glance, I thought, “The cheese isn’t melted and the bun looks a little soggy.”
Here’s a better shot from the other side and after I restacked the bun. See the grilled onions? Yum!
So how was it compared to the double double? The patties seem a little smaller than the dds and they were smaller than the buns. I hate when the patties are smaller than the buns since I always seem to be left with nothing but bun and tomato sliver as the last two bites. I love the various topping selections to fit my mood. I like the In-N-Out buns better. But we both felt the overall flavor of Five Guys was more our taste. I love that the patties had a bit of char to them around the edges. If I could get grilled onions and mushrooms on a double double, then I would have a really hard time choosing then. But as is, if both were in front of me, I would have to go wtih Five Guys.
I just realized I forgot to take a picture of the cajun fries we got. We got a large to share but in hindsight, we should have ordered the regular since we didn’t finish it all. I liked Five Guys fries better, taste and texture. Loved the cajun seasoning but then I haven’t met a cajun fry that I didn’t like. Sodas had free refill (rock on). For those who can’t get onto military bases, don’t fret. There are locations in Liberty Station, Hillcrest and Pacific Beach.
As we were waiting for our burgers, I noticed something I’ve never seen before, an IHOP Express! There were some folks sitting at the table next to us chowing down on pancakes. I like the concept. As far as I can tell, this is the only IHOP Express in San Diego so far. Gotta keep our military men and women fed for all the hard work they do!