Ok we don't have one up here by me, or in the state, so I will never know, can someone explain to me what is sooooo special about the In-N-Out burger?
Bible verses on the drinking cups and wrappers, not freezing the meat patties, and using thousand island dressing on the burgers as the special sauce. Oh and smothering their french fries in fried onions, cheese, and the aforementioned dressing.
In and Out is both "whole food" and "junk food" at their highest levels.
Their fries are cut from potatoes on site, and fried (in vegetable oil) once, then served. Most fast food fries are "twice fried" and frozen inbetween.. that is they are cut, fried, frozen, then shipped, and refried on site.
The In and Out menu is notoriously sparse. There are very few "options" stated on their menu. While they will create variations for you, you are of course limited to the materials available. There's no bacon, no swiss cheese.. This isn't Burger King. Your choices are meat, cheese, bread, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and fried onions. There is no chicken, no fish, no salads, no onion-rings.. just burgers, fries, drinks... that's it.
As such, In and Out is considered something of a "Guys" burger place.. and was mentioned in The Big Lebowski.
It's not a bad place to eat, if you're in the mood for what they offer. But personally I find their fries oily and disgusting, and I like a little more variety in my fast food.
All the ingredients are very fresh and as natural as you are likely to encounter in a fast food place and their staff is exceedingly friendly and polite. Even some food critics consider In 'N Out Burger to be quality eats. The only thing I do not like is that they are "cash only" (no debit or credit cards accepted as far as I know).
Beyond that extensive selection, they also offer a "secret menu" with such amazing alternatives as the 3x3 (3 meats, 3 cheese), the 4x4 (you can probably guess what that implies) and a couple of weird and inventive alternatives including "protein style" (aka.. no bun).. and "animal style" where the burger is fried in mustard, then served with all the normal trimmings, plus extra sauce and fried onions.
Freshness aside, I think In-N-Out is extremely overrated. Their burgers are pretty tasty, I'll admit, but certainly not the best I've tried. But personally, I think their fries are plain gross. They are undercooked (mushy and even slimey) every single time I've gotten them, from multiple locations.
I'll take Carl's Jr. (Hardee's for those in the east coast) over In-N-Out any day. I'll get my food in a fraction of the time there too :p
Originally Posted by PodSix
....and "animal style" where the burger is fried in mustard, then served with all the normal trimmings, plus extra sauce and fried onions.
Interesting. I never knew the animal style burger was fried in mustard. I only noticed the sauce and fried onions.