Does the world really need another burger joint? Probably not — but this one breathes some new life into the genre. The first Five Guys was opened in 1986 in suburban Washington, D.C. by Janie and Jerry Murrell (the “five guys” in question are their sons) with a very simple concept: handmade burgers served with a long list of (gratis) toppings, and fresh-cut, never-frozen French fries. A little star power helped: President Obama is a huge fan, and has been known to show up to get a sack of burgers for his staff.
Don't miss: The thin, mouthwateringly greasy Five Guys burgers are habit-forming, but the grilled cheese is far too good to be left to vegetarians (at least partly because the chain owns its own bakeries, and the buns are all homemade).