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Better Than In-N-Out? East Coast Burgers Come to LA

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Photo of a Five Guys Burger by mrmatt via Flickr

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Nancy Luna of the OC Register's fantastic food blog, Fast Food Maven (it's more than just fast food), took a field trip out of Orange County to the East Coast last year and while there, visited Five Guys Burgers to taste test the talked-about nosh that many compare to In-N-Out. However, her findings led her to say that they are actually more comparable to The Counter.

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For the uninitiated, Five Guys opened in 1986 in Virginia and has since expanded the concept along the East Coast from Florida to New York. Along the way, the chain has earned rave reviews from fans who’ve compared its food and decor to Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger. Among the accolades: Five Guys’ is “rated” as a great bargain burger in the infamous Zagat Survey. The Washington Post has also referred to Five Guys as “the Willy Wonkas of burgercraft.” New York Magazine also named Five Guys one of the best “cheap eats” in and around the Big Apple.

She says the meat is just as tasty, but Five Guys is more customizable with choices of around a dozen toppings and sauces "from fried onions to A-1 sauce" (hence The Counter reference). But to the French fries, she gives the East Coast eatery a high-five: "the fries (fresh from Idaho and fried in peanut oil) are much more superior than INO’s potato chip-tasting French fries."

Phil Ratner, the former president of Marie Callender's, has the rights to open 30 locations in Southern California. At the moment, there is only plans for a second location in Cerritos set to open later this year.

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Photo by Five Guys Fries by jslander via Flickr