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In-N-Out Burger

in-n-out menuI’ve been in countless conversations as a west coaster extolls the virtues of In-N-Out Burger; I then salivate awaiting the day I’ll taste unparalleled burger excellence. Today was that day.

I will say this; it’s the best chain fast food burger you can get in America. Now, you must remember, it is still just a burger.

Imagine the $150 burger at Daniel; will the taste stand up to the anticipation? At some point in the continuum, no experience can possibly meet the high expectations. I was past that point, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t recognize this fantasticness.

What really got me was the grease.

The grease dripping from the burger wasn’t the solid grease you get from a burger at every other fast-food chain, it was probably 75% water/25% grease. Since the patties were created with fresh, never frozen beef, you get this product. That wasn’t the only mark of quality I hung on to.

double double animal styleThe tomatoes were more crisp than the lettuce of most chains, and the lettuce crunched like a potato chip. As the pickles protruded from the sides of the sandwich, I began to ponder what I would have received if I’d ordered extra pickles. The cheese was deli style; thick, substantive. Sauteéd onions and sauce that came with the not-so-super-secret “Animal Style” order were a very pleasant addition. I couldn’t see ordering this burger any other way.

I ordered the fries well-done; my mistake. They came out like potato sticks. Not terrible, but just stick to the regular fries.

The Neapolitan Shake – I received it before my meal was ready and drank it in seconds. Without question, the shake was the highlight of the meal. More dense than the McDonald’s and BK shakes, thinner than a Frosty; vanilla, chocolate and strawberry never combined to create such simple elegance.

All in all, a wonderful place. For the money, it is tough to beat. Does it beat Ben’s Chili Bowl? A Fenway Sausage? No.

But for a chain . . . Probably the best bang for the buck out there.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Dave Przybysz December 2, 2009, 8:25 am

    Here you're dealing with fresh produce and meat. It makes a difference. Unfortunately this means we';; never have IAOB further east than Vegas.
    I see you are familiar with the secret menu.

  • jyoh December 2, 2009, 10:18 am

    agreed, but still doesn't beat shake shack!!

  • Carolyn Jung December 7, 2009, 10:53 am

    You can't beat the burger there. Even four-star chefs have a weakness for In-N-Out. It's nice to see a fast-food joint do it right.

  • thejake December 7, 2009, 6:38 pm

    the, off the menu, grilled cheese with grilled onions is pretty tasty…that is if you'd be giong there to not get a hamburger.

  • JamesBoo December 14, 2009, 6:57 am

    In a blind (and free) taste test, an In-n-Out burger can't surmount Ben's, Shake Shack or any other stars of the burger pantheon. As a life-sustaining force and shining example for fast food done right, though, it's immensely more valuable :]

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