On Saturday evening, Casey and I were watching "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives" on the Food Network. The episode was all about burgers, so I instantly got hungry for the world-famous In-N-Out Burger. But since I wasn’t hanging out in the O.C. over the weekend, I had to improvise. I came up with a Five Guys/Friendly’s combo.

Five Guys has great burgers and fries, but they are missing a very important piece to the puzzle. The all mighty chocolate shake goes a long way in the world of burgers and fries. It separates mediocre burger joints from greatness. Luckily I had a better than mediocre idea.

We went over to Five Guys and placed our order for some bacon cheese burgers with all kinds of goodies on top and some Cajun fries. When they called our number, I quickly snatched the grease-soaked bags off the counter and made a break for my car.

The key to the Five Guys/Friendly's combo is timing. You need to be able get the burgers and fries, with the shake, back home before the fries get soggy and the burger gets cold. I don’t condone speeding or driving like a maniac, but I suggest it to pull this off. The safety of others is not important. The time it takes you to get home and have a bite of the burger is.

After leaving Five Guys, we flew down 22 and got off at the Lehigh Valley Mall exit to pick up our shakes at Friendly’s. With the shakes secure, we quickly made our way back to Casey’s with some "Dukes of Hazard" driving. I busted through the door and dumped the bags of food on the table. I couldn’t even sit down, I unwrapped my burger and took a giant bite out of it, immediately washing it down with a big gulp of chocolate shake. It was like I was in Southern California with an In-N-Out combo (minus the beach and other things). 

Think you'll give the Five Guys/Friendly's combo a try some time?