Ranking the Bay’s Burgers – from local spots to national chains

In-N-Out, Five Guys and The King’s Coffee Shop: How do they compare?


Five Guys Cheeseburger. Photo by Jordan Phal.

You’re probably wondering what the heck is The King’s Coffee Shop? All that we can tell you is that it’s a pretty good burger place, but how well does it stack up against well-known burger places such as Five Guys and In-N-Out? Right out the gate, we’re here to tell you that it holds it’s own against these well-known burger places.

We’ve ranked our favorite burger spots in order from the least to the best.


555 Willie Stargell Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

First off let’s talk about a well-known burger place throughout Oakland and California: In-N-Out. In-N-Out’s burger is a pretty good burger, but in our opinion, it’s the least quality out of all three establishments. The spread is great, and unlike anything else, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s overwhelming and dominates the burger. You taste more sauce than the burger.

What In-N-Out lacks in a burger, they make it up for in fries. You can’t go to In-N-Out and not get the Animal Fries, which consist of hand-cut potato fries prepared in 100% vegetable oil topped with American cheese, grilled onions, and their secret spread sauce. All of the flavors blend well together and take fries to the next level.

In-N-Out comes in at 3rd place for us. The burger and the fries are great and the price is even better, costing you around $8 for a Double-Double Burger combo which includes the burger, fries and a medium drink. But it just doesn’t stack well against the other places in terms of flavor. We know we’ll be getting a lot of hate for this one, but honestly, people overhype this place.


3000 38th Ave, Oakland, CA 94619

Next is King’s Coffee Shop, which is a surprisingly good burger place and not a lot of people have heard of it. First off, their burgers are surprisingly flavorful and delicious. The combination of bacon, cheese, meat, on a bun and whatever toppings you choose to add on it – all work well together.

The fries, on the other hand, are subpar. They’re really nothing special. You can easily make them at home yourself. There’s nothing wrong with frozen fries at all, don’t get us wrong, but they just don’t stand out. Overall, The King’s Coffee Shop is a pretty good place. If you’re looking for a decently priced burger, at about $7, you can get both the burger and fries, but don’t expect much when it comes to their fries.


Alameda South Shore Center, 2254 S Shore Center, Alameda, CA 94501

Last but certainly not least is Five Guys, the best burger place in our opinion. It may hurt your wallet and will cause you to feel sad about it, but you’ll be completely satisfied. We’re going to just come out and say it, Five Guys has the best burgers hands down. The combination of hand-formed patties, bacon, Kraft American cheese and the 15 different toppings they have to offer, ranging from your basic ketchup and mayonnaise to the classic A.1. Original Steak Sauce –  it is just unbeatable by comparison.   

Five Guys has good fries as well. Their fries are hand cut potatoes, with the skin still on, fried in a 100% peanut oil and are great. They’re plain and simple but sometimes plain and simple is better. If you want fries that have a little bit of kick to them, pick the cajun style fries.

In our opinion, Five Guys is the best burger joint, followed by King’s Coffee Shop, and finally, In-N-Out. That’s just our opinion. You’ll only know the best burger place when you try it for yourself.