Atta Ikede

September 1, 2009

In-N-Out Burger

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 6:28 pm

To answer your first question, I got a grilled cheese there. Grilled cheese = everything but the meat.

This is a west coast only chain that specializes in being old-skool fast food. The fries are made of real potatoes. The workers are paid normal salaries. The tomato, lettuce and other toppings in your burger were actually chopped there. The menu only has like 4 things: burgers, shakes, pop and fries. All that plus a tacky 50ish decor, 100% processed american cheese and surprisingly low prices. People around here love it. “Well, if I’m going to get fast food, I only go to In-N-Out” is a very common sentiment among California types.

I’ve been there twice now, and I have to say, it really does set the standard for fast food awesomeness. I have the following observations to share with you:

  1. Fancy cheese is really lame in a burger. Processed cheese is definitely the way to go.
  2. Get the grilled onions. mmm ….
  3. Fries made from real potatoes aren’t as crunchy as those made from reconstituted, but they’re satisfying. A few make you full.
  4. It’s nice to bite into fast food and see a real tomato there. A real crispy lettuce leaf. Sigh. I got a veggie burger at BK once and made the mistake of opening the wrapper. I’ll never forget that sad, sad sliver of tomato. Sad.
  5. And most importantly, In-N-Out burger is the only place where you will see the following cross section of humanity happily sitting in red plastic chairs stuffing their faces with burgers and fries: (1) Yacht club types  in their blazers, pearls, and deck shoes with no socks (2)  hipsters (3) hippies (4) aging hipsters & hippies with their babies (5) all shades of middle america – chinese, white, indian, hispanic, black (6)  one or two bum-like people. It’s amazing.


  1. I tried a veggie burger at Harvey’s a few years back. It was at they’re store at the University plaza. It was quite gross! Speaking of fancy cheese, I tried some smoked cheddar last week and it was actually pretty good!

    Comment by el_rodento — September 6, 2009 @ 11:09 am

  2. Ooh man.. I definitely have to check out In-N-Out when I’m over in Cali!

    You’re missing on the gourmet burger goodness of Toronto, though.. a la Craft Burger and the like..

    Comment by Will @ Cheap Date Ideas! — September 26, 2009 @ 11:39 am

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