Five Guys is great because everyone in our little family can eat there. Jer gets his extra large, extra unhealthy double bacon cheeseburger with all the fixings. Krya gets her hot dog or cheeseburger- hold all toppings. I can get either a grilled cheese or veggie sandwich and, best of all, Lydia can have their all beef, kosher hot dogs.
Lydia's meal is a special treat for her. With all of her "not allergies, allergies" we have an extremely difficult time trying to find her food wherever we may want to dine. Usually we bring a full meal for Lydia with us which can be, uh, slightly cumbersome and annoying. Eating meals out on the fly are not in the stars for us anymore, they have to be preplanned and packed for. Usually Lydie watches us eat our unhealthy treats while we're trying to convince her that a snack up of Rice Cheks and an apple are so much more delicious. This child is not stupid and does not easily fall for such shenanigans.
Anyway, so back to Five Guys. I can walk up to the counter, ask them for a "hot dog- no bun. Allergies." and at that exact moment, before they ever type the order in, the order taker shouts over his shoulder "ONE DOG, NO BREAD, ALLERGIES!" at which point every one who may possibly be working on our order stops, cleans the grill, changes gloves and makes Lydia's order completely separate to limit any possible cross contamination. To top it off, Lydia gets her very own order bag.
The icing on the cake for Lydia is their french fries. Nothing but cut potatoes soaked in hot peanut oil are used. There's no corn starch added. No soy lectin. No ingredients we can't pronounce or assign to any particular food group. Lydia had never in her life had a french fry before we found this place.... but now it's safe to say we've created a monster. Almost makes me want to go out and buy one of those french fry cutter things so we can enjoy them at home too.
I guess what I'm trying to say is this:
Dear Five Guys Burgers and Fries,
You take such wonderful care of my dear, delicate flower of a daughter by not only being aware that even people with severe not allergies, allergies want to eat out on occasion with the rest of the world but also by taking precautions to keep these people safe by not cross contaminating your food. For this, I am your bitch. I heart you, Five Guys.
Slave to the Mommy Trade