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Excellent Burger Joint

  • Mar 22, 2009
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After a week traveling from one city to another then hitting Los Angeles a colleague of mine insisted we had to go get an In-N-Out Burger. Glad we did. While the lines were a bit long and there was little in terms of seating, after eating sandwich after sandwich for lunch every day (or nothing at all) the idea of a greasy burger and fries was most appealing. I assume In-N-Out Burger's are a West Coast thing because I have never seen one anywhere else.

The Service

This is definitely a no frills, limited menu fast food chain. There's not a very big menu and little in terms of seating, but I was taking it out so I didn't care about that. The line was long so it took a bit of time to get our burger and fries, but that is not really that different from other fast food chains at lunch time, and at least our counter person could actually, GASP, count change!

If you go to the one I was at (near Universal Studios) and want to sit down at lunch, good luck. But I didn't go there for the service or the seating, I went there for a burger and fries.

The Food

I had a double burger with fries. It was a nice, tasty, greasy, messy burger and very good French fries. While my burger kind of started falling apart on me a little I gobbled it down with glee while staring at the unwanted and uneaten sandwiches nearby. To me the quality of the meat and ingredients were much better than other fast food chains like McDonald's, Hardees, and Burger King (not that mind those at all). The food was tasty and fulfilling if you are in the mood or if you are craving a fast food burger.

The Cost

I paid nearly seven dollars for a burger, fries, and drink which was okay. I was in a touristy area and I'm not sure how the price compared to other fast food joints in the area.

The Bottom Line

I would rate this burger joint at the top end of fast food burgers that I have tried. The interior of the building wasn't as accommodating as more well known fast food places, but I thought the food tasted better and seemed to be of higher quality, for fast food that is.

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March 22, 2009
Yes, In 'N Out is a west coast thing and you're going to quickly become addicted! The guy who researched and wrote Fast Food Nation actually condones In 'N Out, while he hates the likes of Mickey D's and KFC, the reasons being that they have better quality food and business practices, and they actually treat their workers well and pay way above minimum wage (minimum wage is around $7'ish dollars where I live, but the In 'N Out guys start out at $10.25 last I saw a few years ago).

In 'N Out uses higher quality meat that's never frozen, and their fries are freshly made in house, among other good restaurant practices.  They also have a "secret" menu, which you can read a bit about in @Abigail's review.  You should order some animal style fries the next time you're there.  They're my fave and almost a meal in themselves!
March 22, 2009
Thanks for the comment. I'll have to check those fries out next time I'm in LA. :)
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review by . March 05, 2011
What happens when you try to order it all your way!       http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2011/03/...on-the-secret-menu.html
review by . December 03, 2009
I Could Eat A #2 Everyday For the Rest of My Life!
   If you need to know the definition of perfection, going to In N Out would be a good place to start. I have never had a bad experience at this "fast food chain, everytime I eat here it's "the best burger I've ever had," not to mention, the price is right!      I think In N Out's success can be attributed to a few key qualities of the chain:       1. It's privateley owned, allowing them to keep a careful eye on every location …
Quick Tip by . November 25, 2010
One of the best classic All-American hamburgers from a fast food restaurant.
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
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If your out on the west and you want a burger, theres one place to go. Burgers, shakes, sodas and fries. Nothing else.
Quick Tip by . December 03, 2009
My future sister-in-laws are coming to town for X-mas and let me tell you, they put this as the #1 thing they miss most from California ;p
review by . January 06, 2009
This review was written because today my boyfriend and I went to In-N-Out. So what is the significance of that? Well, I freakin' LOVE In-N-Out burgers! I'm very partial to fast food in general; always picky after watching the documentary Super Size Me ... but I just can't get over how delicious this fast food chain actually is. And honestly, I'm not very fond of hamburgers; so usually when I do have to go to some fast food place I always order the wraps or something else.     The …
Quick Tip by . August 28, 2009
Double-double protein style, animal style fries, and neopolitan shakes are my favorite!!!
review by . June 19, 2009
posted in Awesomeness
You come here for burgers people.
In N Out was something I grew up around and never fully experienced.  It would be sometime before I would get to try one again and when I did I wondered where those lost meal opportunities went toward?      Best burger on the planet?  Could just be.  Lets see...McDonalds and White Castle?  Don't make me gut laugh!  Hardee's and Burger King?  No way.  Every town has it's own good local burger chain but nope sorry not even those.  …
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2009
In-N-Out Burgers- great burgers and fries, fast, reliable service...one of the best chains I know of.... give em a try!!
review by . March 03, 2009
It is not an overstatement to say that In 'n' Out burger has achieved So Cal icon status.   In 'n' Out recently celebrated its 60th anniversary and they haven't aged a bit!  Same delicious food and great service that I remember getting back in the '70s and same great value for your money!   The first place I think of to take a recently-arrived-in-L.A. foreigner (especially those that hail from Japan) is In 'n' Out.  Why?  Because …
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In-N-Out Burger is a fast food restaurant originally from Baldwin Park in Southern California. The chain is headquartered in Irvine, CA and has expanded all over California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. They are famous for their limited menu items and extensive "secret menu," which offers customers the chance to customize their food beyond what is offered on the standard menu.
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