Having a superlative regional burger chain (e.g., In-N-Out) confers certain advantages -- a cheap-great standby meal, the right to trash other regions, etc. While NYC still doesn't have one, we do have Virginia's Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries, opening today.
Since 1986, FG's been the southeastern seaboard's belle-of-the-bulge, serving half-pound, hand-formed burgers, hot dogs (kosher and not), fries, and soda -- the base of a food pyramid constructed by a greedy cardiologist. Meats come with any combo of ten free condiments/toppings (from mayo and relish to fried onions and sauteed mushrooms), drink refills are gratis, and there are buckets of peanuts for patrons waiting in line/passersby hip to the buckets-of-peanuts tip. All ingredients are fresh: the meat's never frozen, and the fries are cut from potatoes stacked in sacks on the dining area floor, promoting all-naturalness, and...sack races.
Though technically open to the public, FG is holding a friends and family event today at 11am -- full of proud kin and patty/bun enthusiasts, who'll give you the trashing of your life for biting off their burger chain.