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Best Fast Food Burger in Las Vegas - In-N-Out Burger!
Explanations Of The Secret Menu And Operations Of In-N-Out Burger
I had heard about these GREAT burgers, but never tried one until we moved to Las Vegas!
In-N-Out Burger is a fast food chain of restaurants that is only located in five states in the Western United States. They currently have locations in California (where the first one was opened in 1948), Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Texas.
This restaurant chain has consistently been rated as the top fast food restaurant in several surveys used to measure customer satisfaction. The hamburgers, as well as everything served at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant is fresh, never frozen. Food is prepared when you order it. This restaurant does not even OWN microwave ovens or warmers, The french fries are made from fresh potato's that are sliced and fried right there in every restaurant.
The restaurant was founded in 1948 by Harry and Esther Snyder, and the first one was located in Baldwin Park, CA. It was founded on the premise that all of the food be as fresh as possible, the employees be friendly, and the surroundings sparkling clean. Their motto is "Quality You Can Taste." The restaurants are currently owned by the grand-daughter of Harry and Esther Snyder, Lynsi Martinez. Today, there are 258 locations.
In 1992, the first restaurants outside of California were opened here in Las Vegas, Nevada. Then they expanded into Northern California. It wasn't until the year 2000 that locations were opened in Arizona. Later, in 2008, In-N-Out was expanded to it's fourth State, Utah. Then in May, 2010 they expanded into Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.
The menu is very simple. There are only three meals that you can order and they are numbered 1, 2, and 3. Number one is a "double-double"- two hamburger patties, two slices of cheese and items that come standard on every burger - lettuce, fresh tomato, and onion slices (if you want them) and a "sauce" which is similar to a thousand island sauce. You get this burger, fries and a drink when you order a number one.
The number two is a cheeseburger, fries and drink, and the number three is a hamburger, fries and a drink. What could be easier? You can order three flavors of milk shake as well, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
You can have an option of ordering ala carte, if you don't want the entire meal. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers and fries are each sold individually, as are all three flavors of milk shakes.
Now there are also items you can order from a "not so secret - secret menu".. the menu is even printed on their website. These variations include a 3/x/3 which has three hamburger patties and three slices of cheese, or a 4/x/4 (four patties and four slices of cheese).
You can also ask for your fries to be "cheese fries." The In-N-Out restaurants I have been to make cheese fries by melting a slice (or slices) of American cheese on top of fries. You can also ask for a burger that is served "animal style" which includes pickles, two slices of melted cheese, the onions are fried, and when the burgers are fried, they are dipped in mustard, and you'll also get extra "sauce" on your burger. You can even order french fries that are "animal style" and they come with the same condiments on them as the hamburger, except for the pickles and mustard.
If you are not a hamburger enthusiast.... what are you even DOING at In-N-Out Burger? All kidding aside, you can order a "grilled cheese" which is basically a bun and cheese, lettuce, sauce, tomato and onion slices, if you want onion. It is then "grilled" to melt the cheese.
One Burger Was Originally A Dog Treat... And A Unique Company Signature
There is one item you can order called the "flying dutchman" which is simply two hamburger patties, and two slices of cheese. No bun, no vegetables. It was thought that these were ordered originally by people who wanted to give their dog a treat while they were eating! I have also seen people order hamburgers, substituting large leaves of lettuce in place of a bun, probably to avoid eating extra carbohydrates by skipping the bun.
The colors in all of the restaurants are primarily red and white, black, and yellow. And when you go to an In-N-Out burger location, you will notice that outside of every restaurant are two palm trees that are crossed. This is a signature found at most, if not all of the In-N-Out Burger locations.
This chain has used some advertising, mostly in the form of highway billboards and radio spots, but relies quite a bit on word of mouth reputation. A lot of Hollywood celebrities love In-N-Out burgers, so they do get a reputation that way, too. For many years, they gave out bumper stickers to people and they became popular because of those as well.
These days, there is even a store on the company website where you can order very reasonably priced t-shirts, some as low as $9.50 - and other items like license plate frames. These items are also available at some of the In-N-Out Burger locations.
In the past, In-N-Out Burger restaurants have been welcomed into communities that have shunned the traditional "corporate" fast food restaurants. They started out as family owned.. and even today you cannot buy stock, because they are still family owned. Communities have been willing to accept them instead of the large national "chain" fast food places, since they are so different.
Some of the most famous celebrity endorsements have come from Chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Julia Child, Anthony Bourdain, and Mario Batali. Julia Child had even said that she knew "every location of In-N-Out Burger between Santa Barbara and San francisco"! Anthony Bourdain has said that it is his favorite fast food meal.
Now those are some great recommendations, but the greatest of all is from ME! Yep, I highly recommend In-N-Out Burger for having the very BEST hamburgers and fries West of the Mississippi!
Now that is coming from someone who has eaten at Culver's locations in the Midwest. Those are very good as well, but there is just something real special about In-N-Out Burger. I would have to say that Fuddrucker's is pretty darn good too.
But, if you are ever out cruising in the western United States and you see that RED lettered sign that says "In-N-Out" with a bright yellow arrow pointing the way, STOP your vehicle immediately, prepare for landing, make sure your tray tables are in the upright position and secured... or if you're in a car, PARK IT! And go directly into In-N-Out Burger, you'll be so GLAD you did!