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I Don't Get In-N-Out

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by yjeezle, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. yjeezle

    yjeezle Well-Known Member

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    why are people obsessed with this restaurant?

    it's good but it's not that great... and animal style wasn't something that was amazing as crap either.

    i've had some good burgers... but this was kinda disappoint. maybe it was overhyped for me.
     
  2. scientific

    scientific Well-Known Member

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    you fail at life, again
     
  3. tphd

    tphd Well-Known Member

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    It's good for a fast food burger, but certainly not transcendant.
     
  4. NAMOR

    NAMOR Well-Known Member

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    You are on a road trip, you have been driving for 5 hours, you are tired and hungry, you go to in 'n out. They serve you a delicious fucking burger just as they did the previous 50 times you ate there.

    Its clean, it delicious, its quick and they have the hottest chicks of all the fast food joints. I would go animal style on some of them
     
  5. Reggs

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    Fat Burger > Five Guys > In-N-Out
     
  6. 951socal

    951socal Well-Known Member

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    why are people obsessed with this restaurant?

    it's good but it's not that great... and animal style wasn't something that was amazing as crap either.

    i've had some good burgers... but this was kinda disappoint. maybe it was overhyped for me.


    i like the single with extra lettuce

    and i only like animal style fries

    and yeah its not that great but it's cheap the number 2 combo is something like $5, can't even get a combo at mcdonalds for that
     
  7. Davaeoran

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    People don't know good burgers. Just like people don't know good anything.. "can I get a bud light" "can I get a bud light", give me a break.
     
  8. Nil

    Nil Well-Known Member

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    It's good for a fast food burger, but certainly not transcendant.

    This. You need to compare it to other fast food joints, not actual restaurants.
     
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  9. munchausen

    munchausen Well-Known Member

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    Anyone in the D FW area should check out Burger Bueno in Richardson. Nobody knows about it but it's great. They have gyros too but I've never tried them.

    Smashburger in Addison has ok burgers but incredible sweet potato fries.
     
  10. LatinStyleLover

    LatinStyleLover Well-Known Member

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    Move to a location where they do not have In N Out Burger and it will become more clear why it is so loved. I think you appreciate something more when you can't get it on a regular basis. Now, that will soon change as I move to CA for school! I consider In N Out Burger one of the perks!

    To provide a clothes analogy: it is like Lattanzi. You either love Lattanzi or don't get why his shoes cost so much.

    You obviously don't get it, which is fine. Give me a double double and fries anytime. If I am really hungry, make it a four by four!

    No chicken. No onion rings. Nothing else. Just make a great burger, great fries, shakes and soft drinks and you are good to go.

    We've got a place here called "Hudsons." Just burgers, drinks, and pie for dessert. Not even fries! Walk-in only. Cash only. A nice burger, not the "world's greatest," as they claim, but a nice burger.

    I still prefer In N Out.
     
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  11. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Well-Known Member

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    Surprisingly fresh ingredients for a fast-food place + balance rather than excess (unless you get a 4x4 or 6x6 or something). If you prefer 8 oz. burgers topped with foie gras, then you won't find In-N-Out particularly exciting.
     
  12. SField

    SField Well-Known Member

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    Best "fast food" type burger I've had is M Burger, which is built on a fast food model rather than a boutique type burger place or a famous bar known for burgers (ie. Kuma's or Lockdown.)

    It's like a better big mac.

    Fat Burger is gross, I'm sorry. It's bland... Much prefer $5 at diners.
     
  13. foodguy

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    partly it's california chauvinism. partly it's because it's a pretty good burger at a very good price that seems to be available right where you need it most (ie: at the 99/5 split just south of Bakersfield, where you've been driving for 3 hours already, have 3 more to go and there isn't anything else to eat within 50 miles that doesn't take a search). it's certainly not a great, or even good, burger, but there are times that red and gold arrow beside the highway looks like a signpost to heaven.
     
  14. willpower

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    The In-N-Out in my area is consistently packed. The drive through is always at least 6 cars long. Not the best, but far from the worst. Grand opening in TX. Heh. One woman cried real tears after she tasted her first Double Double, the iconic two-patty In-N-Out staple, and some even decked themselves in full In-N-Out Burger clothing, donning t-shirts and caps they'd ordered online.
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  15. LawrenceMD

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    I'm the same way with Chick-fil-A. I've had it (like on a road trip when hungry and thought to myself "this is mana from heaven!" then on other occasions I'll randomly see it in a food court and force myself to buy it expecting fireworks and well its a meh chicken sandwich.

    I like to equate In-N-Out as the westcoast version of the way guys from the North East/New England region treat Dunkin Donuts. There's a TON of emotional energy involved.
     
  16. impolyt_one

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    I was in LA talking about this topic with some bona fide burger experts, and what I said and have always thought is this:

    1) It's a pure west coast style burger - the sauce is a thousand island spread, the burgers are diapered and put in the box and it represents a diner-style burger more than other fast food places. McDonald's and the Big Mac is also a west coast burger IMO, but obviously an InO is fresher and tastier.

    2) ^ Fresher and tastier - it's hard to get that kind of fresh produce on a burger consistently at any other fast food place. If you've ever eaten at a fast food burger place in the midwest, you'll know that the produce is just old and bad looking.

    3) In n Out does presentation better than any other place - Five Guys burgers literally look like someone has stepped on them, InO's are clean and fresh looking, it's a much more pleasant sensory experience that probably makes them less low-class than other fast food burger chains. It is a food with a pure intent and makes few other statements, whereas Burger King and McDonald's, they are loaded up the ying-yang with marketing and the constant rotation of marketing spiel and 'healthy' shit one day and crazy shit the next day.
    In n Out is much like the way ramen is in Japan - stores with very simple menus, the ability to slightly modify your orders to taste, the high class rubbing elbows with the working class - because everyone is on the same plain to just eat some quick comfort food.
     
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    partly it's california chauvinism. partly it's because it's a pretty good burger at a very good price that seems to be available right where you need it most (ie: at the 99/5 split just south of Bakersfield, where you've been driving for 3 hours already, have 3 more to go and there isn't anything else to eat within 50 miles that doesn't take a search). it's certainly not a great, or even good, burger, but there are times that red and gold arrow beside the highway looks like a signpost to heaven.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with being proud of a chain that sticks to a pretty honest business model. Perhaps its status has been elevated beyond the point that it deserves to be, but one could do worse than following their lead as a franchise.
     
  18. MrG

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who isn't blown away by In-N-Out. The first time I went to the West Coast I was told it was one of the places I had to try, and my experience was a bit of a letdown. It was a good burger, but the adulation struck me as a bit much.
     
  19. Pilot

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    I have never been impressed with a hamburger (I've said this before), but for whatever reason I always find InO refreshing, and for that it qualifies as my fav fast food burger.
     
  20. 951socal

    951socal Well-Known Member

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    for the guys who have eaten at both hardees and carls jr. which do you prefer? its supposed to be identical but hardees tastes better for some reason, carls jr. is more of a cook it the night before then microwave and serve it to you place.
     

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