Shake Shack and Five Guys are both popular burger chains in the northeastern United States. Each serving burgers, fries and milkshakes, the two are set-up for a rivalry. So, how do they compare?
Menu: Burgers, fries and milkshakes.
Price: $10-15 for a meal.
Setting: Relaxed and family-friendly. Someone can definitely show up in pajamas or a suit and feel comfortable. TV's on the walls show the latest game or news report. With no music, it is often quieter, allowing for easy conversations to take place.
The important part (the food): Despite their small size, Shake Shack’s burgers pack a flavor punch. Their Chicken Shack burgers also offer a unique burger option with a delicious array of toppings. However, the burgers cannot live up to the creamy texture and smooth flavor of Shake Shack's shakes and custards. They offer an array of flavors, but nothing can beat the classic deliciousness of a vanilla shake.
Menu: Burgers, fries, milkshakes and peanuts
Cost: $10-15 a meal.
Setting: Although clean, Five Guys is not the place for a nice, family dinner. However, it is generally quiet, and the food is made quickly and efficiently, making take-out a great alternative to the hard seats and hospital-style tile and lights.
The Food: Regardless of the stark setting, no one can argue with the warm, delicious flavor of a Five Guys burger. This flavor is only compounded by the topping selection, ranging from grilled onions to simple ketchup. The buns are also the perfect size: large enough to hold the burger but not so big that it overwhelms the taste of the burger itself. However, the shakes do not live up to the high standards set by Shake Shack, and instead lack creaminess and overwhelm in sweetness.
Five Guys is famous for the free, whole peanuts it offers patrons standing in line.
The verdict: Shake Shack offers a better setting, but when it comes down to just the burger, Five Guys triumphs over the competition.
Rivalry Winner: Five Guys