The last time I had an In-N-Out burger I was in high school. I was on a bus with my friends headed to Magic Mountain and we stopped in Bakersfield. I got the #2 animal style with a vanilla shake. That’s a lot of calories for a teenage girl but I burned them all by the time I got to the theme park.
In college, I became a vegetarian and stayed that way until recently. Trips to In-N-Out no longer included orders of their #2 animal style instead I got their grilled cheese and dressed up the cardboard fries animal style. So while out and about shopping for my cat, I saw In-N-Out out of the corner of my eye and wondered if I was missing something. People still rave about their burger and tell me the grilled cheese doesn’t quite compare and then there’s the snobby foodies that wouldn’t be caught dead here. I know this isn’t a Michelin star burger. It’s a fast food burger and I’m not one to discriminate. So what the heck? I decided to wait in their ridiculous drive thru line at 11pm. It baffles me that a restaurant with 3-4 menu items can have such a long line. Shouldn’t that simplified menu speed things up a bit? Especially considering they have two windows – one to pay; the other for food. I don’t get it.
Five stars for presentation. These burgers look fantastic. The ingredients also taste fresh. The use of thousand island sauce vs mayo earns another star or maybe a half star. The meat is a different story. I can’t quite place the texture. It’s moist but chewy and there’s a mystery element I can’t place which tells me this isn’t exactly beef. In reality it’s probably the fact that these burgers are cooked well done. The other ingredients compensate for that fact and you think you’re getting a great burger – if you like it well done and dressed up with produce and maybe you do. It’s not a bad burger but it’s not exactly the best. In reality I think the hype is over. 🙁