In-N-Out Burger; America's Best Places to Eat
Best Places to Eat
My inspiration for my upcoming series of articles comes from one thing, food. One of the greatest joys in life in my opinion is eating. Not just eating, but, finding the greatest foods and places to eat in the world. If you were one to enjoy Easter egg hunts as a child and love to eat. Then I assure you that you will love to explore and hunt down the world’s best kept secrets. You may encounter something better than the last and it may be heartbreaking when you have to leave. For the past several years I have generated a mental list of the best places to grab a bite to eat in America. From fast food to Japanese steak houses I guarantee you will find something to fulfill your appetite. Today, we are going to discuss one of California’s gems which will fall into the category of fast food.
Locations: In-N-Out Burger is located in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah & Texas. The Majority of the restaurants are located in California, 216 to be exact. The other 4 states have them located around major metropolitan areas such as Salt Lake City Utah, Las Vegas Nevada, Dallas Texas, and Phoenix Arizona.
Brief History: As you can guess, In-N-Out first opened in California in 1948 by Harry Snyder. Originally, it had been established as a drive-thru burger stand. It wasn’t until 1979 that they introduced their first ever dining room. By 1988 they had established 50 restaurants, and within the course my life time of twenty-four years they would increase that number to 278 locations (with 3 more to be added soon).
My experience: Ever since I arrived in California I was told how epic In-N-Out Burger was. Eventually, I would soon try one of the most notorious fast food restaurants in the western United States. One thing you must know about In-N-Out is that the lines are always long. In fact, I have yet to come across one In-N-Out where there wasn’t an incredibly long line. I have seen their lines out the door and wrap around the building. So what does this mean to you? Well first, you may have a little wait. Next, the food must be something incredible (which is really an understatement).
Have you eaten In-N-Out?
Simplicity at its Best
Menu: When I finally arrived at the front of the line, I was shocked to see only five things listed on the menu. I thought to myself “All this fuss about 5 items?” Below, I have listed the menu;
-Shakes (and then beverages)
A Double-Double is merely a cheeseburger with two patties instead of one. Since I was hungry I had gotten myself a double-double. It is truly amazing; in fact, I would argue it is one of the best cheeseburgers in America. The fries are just as good, if you are in line long enough you will see them put the whole potatoes into their “slicer” and watch the soon to be cooked fries fall in the basket below. This is the first time I have ever witnessed fresh food at a fast food restaurant, I was simply intrigued by the entire process.
Secret Menu: In-N-Out has a “secret menu” that isn’t listed with the rest of the menu. In other words, if you are not a local or haven’t visited their website before your visit you may be missing out on some amazing opportunities. Up until writing this, I was unaware that they had more than just “Animal Style” on the secret menu. The only reason I discovered this was from a California local. You can get your fries “Animal Style” as well as your burgers. Now, I am unsure as to what the sauce is that incorporates this style, but, I do know that it contains onions which may detour you from ordering Animal Style. For the rest of the secret menu you can click here.
*If you enjoy lemonade, be sure you try theirs as it is amazing.
Customer Service: For as long as the lines are, they do an incredible job at making sure your food is delivered fast and accurate. They have a loud speaker to call your number so not hearing shouldn’t be an issue. Every employee I have come across has been friendly so you won’t have to worry about them spitting in your food (especially since you can see the kitchen).
America's Best Food to be Continued
There you have it, a quick look at one of the most outstanding fast food restaurants in America. To add onto this story and to create your own, ensure you visit your local In-N-Out. If you are not fortunate enough to live near one like the majority of us. Just keep it in mind until you fall into the western hemisphere, it is truly worth a visit and a memory.
Standby for more amazing restaurants located all throughout America, will your favorite make the list?
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