Five Guys Burgers and Fries

2099 Merrick Rd. Merrick, NY 516-208-8601


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Type: Burgers, Chain restaurants Special features: Lunch Price range: $ (Inexpensive) Description:

Spreading across Long Island with lightning frequency, this burger chain seems to be opening new stores on a monthly basis, if not quicker. This location--as do all the locations--offer simple seating but see much more in the way of takeout business. Order a burger or hot dog and the cashier will yell back to the rest of the kitchen how many patties and/ or frankfurters will be necessary for every sale--both of which can be sided by fries. Sandwich toppings are always free, with soda rounding out the menu as the main beverage choice.

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Daily. Credit cards: Accepted

 Chain with burgers, fries, hot dogs and more.

A burger (actually a double) comes with any number and combination of free toppings: mayo, relish, onions, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, jalape├▒os, green peppers, A-1 sauce, barbecue sauce, hot sauce. Cheese and bacon cost extra. Though cooked well done, burgers are juicy, crusty and flavorful. Recommended combo: bacon and barbecue sauce.

Other locations in Long Beach, Huntington Station, Levittown, Amityville and Hauppaugue. Additional Long Island locations are on the way.

Hot dogs: The first-rate Hebrew National hot dog is split before being grilled, making for extra bronzed and crusted surfaces; underneath, it's all spicy juiciness. Sybarites can get a bacon cheese dog. $2.89 to $4.09


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