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Many of my Canadian friends find it difficult to understand why someone would want to move away from California.  There were good reasons to stay and, in our case, better reasons to leave, but there are definitely things about California that I miss.  Foremost among these are dear friends, the meyer lemon and fuyu persimmon trees in my yard, and the beautiful winter weather (summers I wasn't too crazy about -- blasted hot).  And I miss my favorite fast meal there, at In 'n Out Burger. 

 

In 'n Out Burger

(a simple menu and with excellent prices!)

 

Located in the Southwestern USA is a family run chain of 50s style hamburger joints that have a very limited menu.  Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries, milkshakes and beverages.  That's about it.  There are no freezers, just refrigerators -- everything is fresh and cooked to order.  The family builds new restaurants when there's enough money in profits, so expansion is relatively slow, although they've opened restaurant #300 recently.  Fortunately they've resisted the many buy-out offers they must receive, so there are some things you still can count on to be consistently good.  In 'n Out restaurants are really, really popular and very busy during lunch and dinner hours. You can drive thru, take out, or dine in.

 

Readying the potatoes, In 'n Out Burger (getting fresh potatoes ready to slice)

 

Working the grill, In 'n Out Burger

(Working the grill)

 

The staff at In 'n Out is young, energetic, paid a little better than the kids at McDonalds (and it shows in the quality of the employee).  Their uniform, a red apron on white slacks and top, and cap or hat, is snappy.  You'll get an inexpensive meal that's delicious!  Vegetarians have limited options but can enjoy the fries made from fresh cut Idaho potatoes (you can watch the potatoes being cut) and a milkshake. Vegan options  -- well, sorry, this is not a place that caters to you.

 

In 'n Out Burger

 

I know people who, when traveling through LAX, try to arrange a four hour layover so that they can walk over to the In 'n Out Burger nearby on Sepulveda, enjoy a great burger meal, then return in time to make their connecting flight.  No kidding.  The burgers are that good.

 

Delicious double cheeseburger and french fries, In 'n Out Burger

 

So when in California or Nevada or Arizona (or a few other states), check the location of the nearest In 'n Out.  A better cheaper meal is hard to find.  Those of you who've visited an In 'n Out know what I mean -- those who haven't will when you have your first bite.

 

Delicious double cheeseburger and french fries, In 'n Out Burger

 

In 'n Out corporate promotion

(a bite of paradise....)

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I looked on a comparison site for Burgers.

It seems that most people who have a passion for In-N-Out are from California.

One 5* Review guy wrote " I go to bed at night I dreaming of In-N-Out burgers"

Wonderful passion for a Football Team maybe. But a burger ? Very sad.

 

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PHeymont.   Everyone is entitled to their opinion about food, although in this case yours is a minority view.   The title was a bit of an inside joke.  In-n-Out uses this in its promotional material....as in this brief video clip.

 

Twitter: @DrFumblefinger

"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

#&^%@!  Now I want In N Out!  I'm fortunate to have one less than a mile from me.  I actually don't eat there that often, but when I get that craving, its all over! 

 

I like Five Guys as well.  What I like about them is that you do seem to get more for your buck as a "small" fry is practically half a bag and the small burgers are huge.

 

Heading off to eat a salad.  How boring.

"Do you know where you are?"  "No idea.  More fun that way!" - 10th Doctor

My California friends always spoke o

f it with reverence, not as fast or junk food, and thatbset my expectations. And note that the headline of this blog sets the same view. But now it sounds as if it is being offered as best of a generally bad lot, NOT what a hamburger is "all about!"

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

On my recent trip to the US I found 5 Guys fast and good. An attractive young lady on roller skates brings your order out to your car. I'm sure she works in Hooters too !

 

In Wendys I had to get more napkins to catch all the grease running down my arm.

Awful place.

 

In Cracker Barrel - which has always been great - the meatloaf went back with cardboard and sellotape in it. The Waitress noticed my English accent -apologized - and said "Well, you're only passing through" The Manager came out too "We don't normally put those things in the meatloaf" A budding Sherlock Holmes maybe ? That's off my list now as a "Safe House" to eat in.

 

But after 2 weeks of fast food - my stomach was glugging like an "Irish Poitín Whiskey Still" - begging for real home cooking !

 

 

DrFumblefinger, I'm not sure we agree on which is which in your analogy...but I certainly wouldn't compare In-n-Out with a roadside fruitstand on the Big Island!

 

Well, as they say, "À chacun son goût!"

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

That analogy, PHeymont, is like equating the quality of pineapple or papaya picked and consumed in the tropics with the stuff you buy at your corner grocery store in Brooklyn. If it's a thicker patty you're looking for, I suggest the meatloaf sandwich at a local deli. 

Twitter: @DrFumblefinger

"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

I'm gonna get killed, here, I know it, but I would rank In-n-Out in a class with Wendy's. Thin patties, no juiciness, nothing to write home about.

After years of hearing about them from West  Coast friends, the reality was so disappointing...

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

Thanks for making me miss one of my favorite eateries in CA, lol Wish they would bring them out here to CO. Maybe someday. In the meantime, we usually hit them as soon as we land in LA, lol.

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