Toronto: Five Guys
Five Guys is essentially a fast-food Burger Joint, but it’s so much better than the Golden Arches. Considering it was voted the Best $5 Burger a Man can Eat, it appears others agree with me. Even President Obama has sunk his teeth into one! The menu offers burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and fries. After picking your burger you can choose from a number of free extras – lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, jalapeños, green peppers etc. Yes, you do want the Cajun flavored chips and don’t forget to grab some of the bulk-serving peanuts they’re renowned for. They’re free, so if you’re allergic to peanuts, it sucks to be you! As the burger prices are a little more expensive than other places, I suggest grabbing a large handful as justification. After spending a university exchange in Canada, I do know a good burger when I taste one! Trust me and my friends (back-fat Betty, side-bag Sally and Tina the talking tummy): Five Guys is worth the calories. They proudly boast the menu is trans-fat free and only cooked using peanut oil, however this didn’t stop the Five Guys’ bacon cheeseburger from getting placed on the 2010 list of the most unhealthy meals in America. Add fries and coke and you’ve exceeded your daily calorie intake (around 2,500) in just one meal. Ooops, diet starts tomorrow.
There are a bunch of them in the city, with one conveniently located at 329 Yonge Street near the Toronto Bus Station – a local hangout for travelers, hobos and the homeless.