"Worth the pilgrimage for burgers," proclaims a review posted on the wall of Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
But wouldn't you rather have one in your own backyard?
With the national burger chain's recent installation in Fairmount, what was once a rare treat, requiring a trip to Ithaca or Vestal, can now be enjoyed on a regular basis. Five Guys is perhaps most famous for its fries, made from potatoes imported daily from Idaho.
And just as you'll find at Doug's Fish Fry, these potatoes are peeled and chopped on site.
Buyers beware: Order a hamburger if you want a double hamburger. For a single, order the not-so-little "little hamburger," which comes in at around 1/3 pounds.
No matter what burger you order, though, it'll be served juicy and well done. According to fiveguys.com, this is done to a) ensure a consistent product and b) meet or exceed health code standards for ground beef.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
Location: 3439 W. Genesee St., Camillus
Groceries for a greener planet
After five years of success in the health foods business running the Mustard Seed in Oswego, Brent Lewis and his son, Owen, have opened up Green Planet Grocery on W. Genesee Street. The store takes the spot once occupied by Video King.
Owen, the store's manager, says they chose Camillus because they felt the health foods market was underserved in the West Syracuse area.
"A lot of people have an interest in leading a healthier lifestyle, and their choices are limited," he said.
Green Planet offers a full shopping experience to customers. In addition to healthy foods, produce and a full line of supplements, the store sells health and beauty supplies, and even natural pet food. The store's caf (c), now serving freshly brewed organic coffee, will soon offer lunch items and smoothies.