Where we’re dining: Craving Five Guys

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This week I thought I’d ask everyone to share their favorite places to eat (good suggestion, Ash). As you can expect, there’s plenty of variety in the places where folks from our office go out to eat.

One of the most common responses was Five Guys. Like In-N-Out Burger on the west coast, Five Guys is one of those burger places where you just assume they’ve put some addictive chemical in the burgers that make you crave it. If you haven’t checked it out, there’s a good chance one will pop up in your area sometime soon. While the restaurants began in the DC Area (Arlington, to be exact), there are now more than 400 locations in the US.

Below are more of the places we enjoy eating…you might even recognize some of the areas from Fallout 3.

Pete Hines: Five Guys, Valentino’s, Chick-Fil-A.

Gary Powell, QA Tester: Viet Gourmet (Fredrick), El Charro (Dale City), Panera Bread, Five Guys, Grotto’s Pizza (Bethany Beach, DE) and House Of Dynasty (Alexandria).

Dane Olds, Artist: Dogfishhead Alehouse, Roy’s Place, Cava, and Sushi House (Rockville).

Gary Noonan: Sakura Japanese Steakhouse (Germantown), May’s Restaurant (Frederick), Mealey’s Restaraunt (WAS in New market…. didn’t survive the economy.)

Rob Clark, QA: There’s always the tried and true — Chipotle and Longhorn Steakhouse (the Chocolate Stampede has got to be one of the greatest desserts of all time). Then there’s Oyamel near the Navy Memorial in DC… fantastic gourmet Mexican food, a bit pricey but so worth it!

Matt Grandstaff: Nando’s (now in the US!), Vace Pizza (Cleveland Park), The Diner (Adams Morgan), Café Deluxe (Cleveland Park), Cheesecake Factory (Friendship Heights), Five Guys (anywhere, but airports are best since — they serve a mean breakfast sandwich), Chipotle, Mei Wah (Friendship Heights), Eaglestaff Kitchen, and my Mom’s tailgates at Michigan games (Hi Mom!).

Regi Jacob: Bistro du Coin (Dupont Circle), Thai-Tanic (Logan Circle), Ben’s Chili Bowl (U Street District). I 2nd Matt’s vote for Vace. Best pizza in DC.

Mike Onufrak QA: The Melting Pot (so much fondue and win…), Café Deluxe (Bethesda), Thai X-ing (D.C. — Amazing! Look this one-man restaurant up sometime),Five Guys, and Bull on the Beach (Ocean City, MD) when I can get out there.

Matt Killmon, Video Producer: Some of my favorite places from when I lived in L.A.: Porto’s Bakery and Pinocchio’s (Italian) in Burbank, Taco Azteca (burrito) and King Taco (tacos and sopes) in Glendale, The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada in Los Feliz, and The Cat and the Fiddle in Hollywood (though that’s more a bar). I miss all of them.

Jen Tonon (QA): California Tortilla, Three Brothers, Chipotle, the Diner (DC), Olive Garden, P.F. Changs, Five Guys, and TGIFridays.

Lindsay Westcott: Thai Farm (Rockville), Chipotle, La Paz (Frederick), Panera Bread,  and Longhorn Steakhouse.

Aaron Mitschelen, QA: Ichiban, a Japanese mom & pop in the La Grangeville/Pleasant Valley, NY area is my favorite. Living in Maryland, I don’t get to eat there anymore…

Tracey Thompson: Moby Dicks.

Mark Lampert: Pizzeria Paradiso (Dupont Circle & Georgetown, DC), The Saloon (U St., DC), Mixtec (Adams Morgan, DC), and Bangkok Garden (Bethesda, MD).

Nathan McDyer: Mannequin Pis (Belgium Restaurant in Olney MD), Nava Thai (Best Thai food in DC Area — Wheaton MD), Café Atlantico (Best Salad I’ve ever had here, Chinatown), Vidalia (One of the top three meals in my life was here, Dupont Circle), American Bounty (A CIA restaurant, Hyde Park, NY), and Dogfish Head.

Sean Palomino: Chipotle @ Woodbridge, VA (Steak burrito ftw!), and Las Palmas Café @ Fredericksburg, VA (Excellent Puerto Rican food!).

Ryan Lea, Programmer: I usually prefer to cook but when I do go out to eat I’m at Noodles, Chipotle, Raaz, Pei Wei, or Robeks.

Joel Burgess: Ella’s Pizza, Urban Barbecue, and Pitango Gelato.

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Five Guys, Chick-Fil-A, and Wawa… yeah, I don’t get too fancy. ;)

Reader Comments

  1. Nice list! I’m up in Pennsylvania, so I’ll have to check out some of these joints some time. I just checked Google maps and apparently there is a Five Guys ten miles from my work. I envy people on the west coast that get In-n-out.

  2. Nice vast selection. Will have to do a search for them in the New York area. Usually i just cook my own food trying not to get any lazier then i already am but it’ll be nice to treat myself once in a blue moon to some of these crunchy delights :D

  3. Yeah… Nice places… I guess… Subway came to Poland lately, so this is the place where I like to eat. “Where we’re dining” isn’t realy an international section :P
    Plus, I gotta say, it’s damn hard to get a good burger where I live. :P

  4. I live in the DC area and two mentioned restaurants, were/are our clients. Mealys was before economy took over, and currently Nando’s Peri Peri in DC. Nando’s is the way to go if you like chicken, especially hot chicken (grilled, not fried).

  5. I’m in Orlando, Fl. If you like Five Guys, you need to see if you can find a Backyard Burgers. That my friend, is the most hardy manmeat thou shalt ever consume.

  6. Have any of you Bethesda types been to Ray’s HellBurger in Arlington? I think that may be the best burger I’ve ever had in my life, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot sometime.

  7. I’ll plug another one for you guys- hadn’t been to Capitol City Brewery in Shirlington before last night, but since I just moved in a couple of blocks south of it the better half and I decided to try it.

    Damned good burgers. Can’t speak for any of the rest yet, but the burgers had that wonderful fire-cooked taste to the meat and (on my hickory burger) a fantastic beer-based BBQ sauce, along with great bacon. The appetizer was jalapeno queso, which was a little disappointing, but they serve fresh-baked soft pretzels to dip in it, which sounded strange but was very tasty.

    I know its a good ways from Rockville, but if you guys are in the Shirlington area sometime, thats a winner. Sadly, I had to drive, so I wasn’t able to sample their beers, but their red porter sure sounds like a good companion for Sunday night football this weekend!