March 11, 2008
This looks funny following the "Neshek is a vegan" post, but by popular demand, here's a quick, baseball-related review of the two fast food forces that readers said I HAD to try while down in Florida.
I thought Five Guys, a burger chain based out of Arlington, Virginia, was awesome. I had the bacon cheeseburger with just about everything they let you put on that thing (Having both jalapenos and fried onions as an option? Um, yes, please and yes, please). Also, the fries were unbeatable, maybe the best I've ever had and in perfect condition to be topped by a little malt vinegar. I rate my first visit to Five Guys as an "Albert Pujols" because while he's not a Hall of Famer just yet, he's off to a hell of a start. All he has to do is put together another few good seasons and stay on the same track he's on and he's in. Same goes for Five Guys. They need to come to Chicago yesterday. (UPDATE: One opened in Madison last week ... apparently they're getting closer.)
As for Chick-fil-A, I finally ran one down in a West Palm Beach mall food court. And while I received a range of opinions before I went ("it's the best fast food place in the world' to "Whatever you do, set your expectations low"), I found that in came somewhere in between. I tried the grilled chicken sandwich and nuggets and found both a little salty. The dipping sauces (honey mustard and Polynesian) and waffle fries were tremendous, though. I rate my first visit to Chick-fil-A as a "Dale Murphy" because while he did some things right and was always enjoyable to watch, he didn't do quite enough to earn most exalted status. (Also, like Chick-fil-A, which is closed on Sundays, Murphy is also deeply religious.)
And so there you have it. You thought it couldn't be done, but I somehow related the career of Dale Murphy to a fast food chicken sandwich. Please never doubt me again.
(Thanks to the readers who recommended Five Guys. Seriously, that place was great.)