The REAL Reason Why Five Guys Always Gives You So Many Extra Fries!
Five Guys is one of many quick-service chains that have swept across the country, and the restaurant’s quirks are part of the reason why. The untold truth of Five Guys is that quality ingredients and a few marketing tricks elevated them to a level where they could refuse to serve the Pentagon.
While it might be one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the world, according to Forbes, the decision to franchise while maintaining high-quality food is what fueled their expansion, enabling them to sell more than 300 options for units in 18 months. Of course, the public’s need for crispy, seemingly endless french fries was also helpful.
Five Guys takes french fries quite seriously. They only use potatoes grown in Idaho above the 42nd parallel to ensure they have the right texture and flavor. The company also doesn’t believe in freezers, which means that the fries are never frozen.
“When you go out of the ground, into the bag, into the store, without stopping at the freezer, you have to have the best quality potatoes.”
The quick-service cooks only use peanut oil to fry the potatoes too, which gives them a rich, buttery flavor that melts in the mouth.
Finally, the potatoes are twice-fried, once to pre-cook and a second time to get them perfectly crisp with a soft interior. Once the spuds are fried, they’re shaken exactly 15 times before being served. This carefully honed technique is designed to keep everything in order with the Five Guys science of burgers and fries.
If you’ve ever been to a Five Guys restaurant, then you know that regardless of what size you order, there’s always a topper, which is that extra scoop of fries piled into the bottom of the bag. The idea behind giving customers so many extra fries is that the guests think they’re getting a great deal. The extra fries, however, are factored into the menu pricing, so it really is just an illusion of receiving more than your money’s worth.
Watch the video to learn why Five Guys always gives you so many extra fries!