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    Cheeseburger and fries for sure. Or pizza. I love 5 guys and In-N-Out. The former is far over priced. I need 2 burgers to do it right. So at 5 guys that's almost $20 before fries and a drink. Homemade is by far the best, but you have to know how to do it. My culinary skills are pretty polished having worked in restaurants. I can make a burger at home that beats 5 Guys easy. No ego here, just fact. Chef Bobby Flay from the Food Network has a chain called Bobby's Burgers, yet none exist out here in Cali. I'm sure his burgers are definitley a 5 Guys destroyer and they may even be better than mine.

    I really enjoy making homemade pizzas too, on a pizza stone in my oven.

    If I lived in Chicago, my cheat days would be spent at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria or Giordano's Pizzeria. Google them and see what a real deep dish is about. Real deep dish is not thick crust. It's a butter laden crust slightly like a pie dough. It's thin, and the toppings are layered in like a pie. They deliver out to Cali via fed ex. I want to try that some time.

    If you guys are french fry purists like me, here is something you have to try at least once. A homemade french fry recipe that will kill anything you've had in a restaurant or fast food place.

    Perfect Thin and Crispy French Fries


    • 2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 large), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch fries (keep potatoes stored in a bowl of water)
    • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
    • Kosher salt
    • 2 quarts peanut oil


    1. Place potatoes and vinegar in saucepan and add 2 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes. Potatoes should be fully tender, but not falling apart. Drain and spread on paper towel-lined rimmed baking sheet. Allow to dry for five minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, heat oil in 5-quart Dutch oven or large wok over high heat to 400F. Add 1/3 of fries to oil (oil temperature should drop to around 360F). Cook for 50 seconds, agitating occasionally with wire mesh spider, then remove to second paper-towel lined rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining potatoes (working in two more batches), allowing oil to return to 400F after each addition. Allow potatoes to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Continue with step 3, or for best results, freeze potatoes at least over night, or up to 2 months.
    3. Return oil to 400F over high heat. Fry half of potatoes until crisp and light golden brown, about 3 1/2 minutes, adjusting heat to maintain at around 360F. Drain in a bowl lined with paper towels and season immediately with kosher salt. Cooked fries can be kept hot and crisp on a wire rack set on a sheet tray in a 200F oven while second batch is cooked. Serve immediately.

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  2. Quote Originally Posted by 1976pianoman View Post
    Cheeseburger and fries for sure. Or pizza. I love 5 guys and In-N-Out. The former is far over priced. I need 2 burgers to do it right. So at 5 guys that's almost $20 before fries and a drink. Homemade is by far the best, but you have to know how to do it. My culinary skills are pretty polished having worked in restaurants. I can make a burger at home that beats 5 Guys easy. No ego here, just fact. Chef Bobby Flay from the Food Network has a chain called Bobby's Burgers, yet none exist out here in Cali. I'm sure his burgers are definitley a 5 Guys destroyer and they may even be better than mine.

    I really enjoy making homemade pizzas too, on a pizza stone in my oven.

    If I lived in Chicago, my cheat days would be spent at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria or Giordano's Pizzeria. Google them and see what a real deep dish is about. Real deep dish is not thick crust. It's a butter laden crust slightly like a pie dough. It's thin, and the toppings are layered in like a pie. They deliver out to Cali via fed ex. I want to try that some time.

    If you guys are french fry purists like me, here is something you have to try at least once. A homemade french fry recipe that will kill anything you've had in a restaurant or fast food place.

    Perfect Thin and Crispy French Fries


    • 2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 large), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch fries (keep potatoes stored in a bowl of water)
    • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
    • Kosher salt
    • 2 quarts peanut oil


    1. Place potatoes and vinegar in saucepan and add 2 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes. Potatoes should be fully tender, but not falling apart. Drain and spread on paper towel-lined rimmed baking sheet. Allow to dry for five minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, heat oil in 5-quart Dutch oven or large wok over high heat to 400F. Add 1/3 of fries to oil (oil temperature should drop to around 360F). Cook for 50 seconds, agitating occasionally with wire mesh spider, then remove to second paper-towel lined rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining potatoes (working in two more batches), allowing oil to return to 400F after each addition. Allow potatoes to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Continue with step 3, or for best results, freeze potatoes at least over night, or up to 2 months.
    3. Return oil to 400F over high heat. Fry half of potatoes until crisp and light golden brown, about 3 1/2 minutes, adjusting heat to maintain at around 360F. Drain in a bowl lined with paper towels and season immediately with kosher salt. Cooked fries can be kept hot and crisp on a wire rack set on a sheet tray in a 200F oven while second batch is cooked. Serve immediately.

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    This post made me chuckle. You can make burgers at home better than 5 guys??? Good God I would hope so. There is nothing special about 5 Guys burgers. They may be better than McDs or BK's, but they can't come close to any burger that ANYBODY could make at home. And $20 for 2 burgers...seriously? That's about double what I've paid for them in Chicago, Dallas and NH. You are getting hosed at your local 5 Guys joint.
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  3. I think 5 guys does make a good burger. Far better than any of my friends could make. Out here they cost 8 and change. IMO, it does take some culinary wisdom to make a good one at home.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by 1976pianoman View Post
    Cheeseburger and fries for sure. Or pizza. I love 5 guys and In-N-Out. The former is far over priced. I need 2 burgers to do it right. So at 5 guys that's almost $20 before fries and a drink. Homemade is by far the best, but you have to know how to do it. My culinary skills are pretty polished having worked in restaurants. I can make a burger at home that beats 5 Guys easy. No ego here, just fact. Chef Bobby Flay from the Food Network has a chain called Bobby's Burgers, yet none exist out here in Cali. I'm sure his burgers are definitley a 5 Guys destroyer and they may even be better than mine.

    I really enjoy making homemade pizzas too, on a pizza stone in my oven.

    If I lived in Chicago, my cheat days would be spent at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria or Giordano's Pizzeria. Google them and see what a real deep dish is about. Real deep dish is not thick crust. It's a butter laden crust slightly like a pie dough. It's thin, and the toppings are layered in like a pie. They deliver out to Cali via fed ex. I want to try that some time.

    If you guys are french fry purists like me, here is something you have to try at least once. A homemade french fry recipe that will kill anything you've had in a restaurant or fast food place.

    Perfect Thin and Crispy French Fries

    [*]2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 large), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch fries (keep potatoes stored in a bowl of water)[*]2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar[*]Kosher salt[*]2 quarts peanut oil


    [*]Place potatoes and vinegar in saucepan and add 2 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes. Potatoes should be fully tender, but not falling apart. Drain and spread on paper towel-lined rimmed baking sheet. Allow to dry for five minutes.[*]Meanwhile, heat oil in 5-quart Dutch oven or large wok over high heat to 400F. Add 1/3 of fries to oil (oil temperature should drop to around 360F). Cook for 50 seconds, agitating occasionally with wire mesh spider, then remove to second paper-towel lined rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining potatoes (working in two more batches), allowing oil to return to 400F after each addition. Allow potatoes to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Continue with step 3, or for best results, freeze potatoes at least over night, or up to 2 months.[*]Return oil to 400F over high heat. Fry half of potatoes until crisp and light golden brown, about 3 1/2 minutes, adjusting heat to maintain at around 360F. Drain in a bowl lined with paper towels and season immediately with kosher salt. Cooked fries can be kept hot and crisp on a wire rack set on a sheet tray in a 200F oven while second batch is cooked. Serve immediately.
    I'm in the suburbs right outside of ohare airport and you're right lou malnatis is a once a week thing when I'm not dieting! They also have a dessert cookie pizza that is topped w vanilla ice cream, whip cream, and chocolate sauce... It's one of my favorite desserts anywhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by EatLiftGrow View Post
    I'm in the suburbs right outside of ohare airport and you're right lou malnatis is a once a week thing when I'm not dieting! They also have a dessert cookie pizza that is topped w vanilla ice cream, whip cream, and chocolate sauce... It's one of my favorite desserts anywhere
    I'm very curious to know from a local like you about the competition to Lou's. Have you tried any of the other deep dish places out there? I've heard from some people that there are places better than Lou's, which is hard to believe. Why there are no authentic deep dish places here in LA is beyond me. I made deep dish once at home and it was better than sex. It's a lot of work to make it though. I often wish I was in Chicago!
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by 1976pianoman View Post
    I'm very curious to know from a local like you about the competition to Lou's. Have you tried any of the other deep dish places out there? I've heard from some people that there are places better than Lou's, which is hard to believe. Why there are no authentic deep dish places here in LA is beyond me. I made deep dish once at home and it was better than sex. It's a lot of work to make it though. I often wish I was in Chicago!
    There is a lot of good pizza for sure but I am really a Lou's fan and there is only one other place I'd rather go and because it's different not better... It's called Chicago pizza and oven grinders and the way they make their pizza is awesome! Some other good places are:

    Giordano's
    Connies
    Ginos East
    Nancys
    Pizzaria uno

  7. I guess I really haven't been to that many... Maybe someone that knows of other good places can chime in. Oh and here is a pic of the Chicago pizza and oven grinders pizza....



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    Quote Originally Posted by 1976pianoman View Post
    I think 5 guys does make a good burger. Far better than any of my friends could make. Out here they cost 8 and change. IMO, it does take some culinary wisdom to make a good one at home.
    Five Guys is 80/20 Meat that is rolled Fresh daily and we get 3 shipments a week of fresh meat, not like McDonalds or Burger king (Horse Meat) that is frozen and imported and full of preservatives, we are as fresh as it gets and prepped every single day. The reason the burger price is up there is because they do offer all of their toppings free of charge (which is factored into the cost of a burger) and we also offer extra cheese and bacon free of charge (yes i am a manager there as a part time job and have been for 3 years). Your paying more for quality for a fast food joint than you get at other fast food burger places. Not to mention it is cooked to order. I do think the prices are up there, but given the inflation of the US dollar over the last few years its not that bad. Dont get me wrong you can go to the store and buy 3-4lbs 80/20 meat for what 12-15$ and your own buns/cheese etc, and save yoruself some money, but its personal preference. I myself hate eating out and i dont even eat at five guys (ate there once even though i have been there for 3 years and get a free meal every shift)
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by EatLiftGrow View Post
    I guess I really haven't been to that many... Maybe someone that knows of other good places can chime in. Oh and here is a pic of the Chicago pizza and oven grinders pizza....



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    I looked up that Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder place. It looks like quite a place! Never seen anything like that. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Solution View Post
    Five Guys is 80/20 Meat that is rolled Fresh daily and we get 3 shipments a week of fresh meat, not like McDonalds or Burger king (Horse Meat) that is frozen and imported and full of preservatives, we are as fresh as it gets and prepped every single day. The reason the burger price is up there is because they do offer all of their toppings free of charge (which is factored into the cost of a burger) and we also offer extra cheese and bacon free of charge (yes i am a manager there as a part time job and have been for 3 years). Your paying more for quality for a fast food joint than you get at other fast food burger places. Not to mention it is cooked to order. I do think the prices are up there, but given the inflation of the US dollar over the last few years its not that bad. Dont get me wrong you can go to the store and buy 3-4lbs 80/20 meat for what 12-15$ and your own buns/cheese etc, and save yoruself some money, but its personal preference. I myself hate eating out and i dont even eat at five guys (ate there once even though i have been there for 3 years and get a free meal every shift)
    I need a day job. Considering applying at the location down the street from me in Northridge, CA. Do you enjoy working there? I have a lot of respect for the place. I've read the story on the walls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1976pianoman View Post
    I need a day job. Considering applying at the location down the street from me in Northridge, CA. Do you enjoy working there? I have a lot of respect for the place. I've read the story on the walls.
    Its not a bad job, but the secret shopper bonus program provides incentives for good extra money.. Its totally up to you and if you enjoy the food industry. I am mostly a substitute teacher looking for a real teaching job.
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  12. A whole bag of blue corn chips with either hummus or guacamole!!! <3<3<3<3

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    A whole bag of blue corn chips with either hummus or guacamole!!! <3<3<3<3
    Red hot blues are my favorite chip. I haven't seen them in any supermarket for some time though. Prolly a good thing cus I too will kill a whole bag with guac or spicy bean dip or both.

  14. Quote Originally Posted by mikeg313 View Post
    Red hot blues are my favorite chip. I haven't seen them in any supermarket for some time though. Prolly a good thing cus I too will kill a whole bag with guac or spicy bean dip or both.
    Ah, man... Bean dip.... NOMNOMNOM!!!
    GOTTA GO EAT! :P
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    Chicken + Scallion // Bacon and Quail Egg Skewers:

    DAMMIT, MAN. Those look amazing.

  22. Ok I'm down here just outside of Savanah in Hardeeville SC and was lookin for some good food. Well there isn't **** but a few fast food joints and a Waffle House outside my hotel so I drive down the way and take a chance on this little Mexican joint with a lil dude out front with two smokers smelling like heaven. I ordered a half chicken for lunch with iffy expectations and OMFG if it isn't the best damn chicken ever. We spent the day in Savannah (beautiful ****in city) and only snacked because we wanted to come back and get this chicken. Sure enough 9 at night dude is still out there grillin like a boss. I ordered a whole chicken just now and we smashed that **** in minutes. I don't have a pic cus I ate it too fast but if you pass through this way you gotta go to this place and see if they're grillin out front

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  23. Never eating dry roasted wasabi flavored edamame again. I thought they were the regular edamame, so I reached in the bag, grabbed a handful and started chomping away... Within 2 seconds my whole mouth was on fire and I made a mad dash to the kitchen faucet to hose down my tongue. Never again.

  24. Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post
    Never eating dry roasted wasabi flavored edamame again. I thought they were the regular edamame, so I reached in the bag, grabbed a handful and started chomping away... Within 2 seconds my whole mouth was on fire and I made a mad dash to the kitchen faucet to hose down my tongue. Never again.
    Have you tried the soy and wasabi almonds?

  25. Quote Originally Posted by mikeg313 View Post
    Ok I'm down here just outside of Savanah in Hardeeville SC and was lookin for some good food. Well there isn't **** but a few fast food joints and a Waffle House outside my hotel so I drive down the way and take a chance on this little Mexican joint with a lil dude out front with two smokers smelling like heaven. I ordered a half chicken for lunch with iffy expectations and OMFG if it isn't the best damn chicken ever. We spent the day in Savannah (beautiful ****in city) and only snacked because we wanted to come back and get this chicken. Sure enough 9 at night dude is still out there grillin like a boss. I ordered a whole chicken just now and we smashed that **** in minutes. I don't have a pic cus I ate it too fast but if you pass through this way you gotta go to this place and see if they're grillin out front

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    Where? I live in pooler. The airport of savannah.

    Ohhh hardeville is a good town! Go to wilminton island! And go to the "crab shack" near tybee island. Thats if you like sea food. If you wanna celebrate like a irishman and drink come over to savannah lol
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