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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. 951socal

    951socal Senior member

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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: 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.
    its hard to find a ramen place in japan anymore, its now just a vending machine you throw a couple of yen in and give a ticket to some guy microwaving cup ramen and pouring it into a bowl. hell even the natto is fresher than the ramen at these chains taking over japan. they make awesome street euros though, particularly one at the shibuya station. awesome guy making shoyu dangos too. all japan needs is american style gatorade, instead of that one flavor pocari sweat knock off shit they're pushing. mcdonalds mega mac > in n out everytime i go home, its narita airport mcdonalds (which tastes like heaven after shitty ANA or JAL food) then eat it on the narita express .
     
  2. yjeezle

    yjeezle Senior 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.


    i'll check it out sometime... it's kinda far since i live in southlake [​IMG]

    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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    this is what i mean. it's ridiculous shit like this that i don't understand. i was at the frisco location yeterday and there was a line that was so long that the actual line began in the sports authority parking lot behind the place.

    don't get me wrong. it's a good burger, and i'm not expecting some gourmet burger shit but i don't think it's the most revolutionary thing i've eaten.

    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.

    ok i'll give you this one. their fries were a lot better than 90% of most fast food places (ie. i didn't think i was eating a tub of grease...)
     
  3. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    1) It's a good burger. No, it's not a great burger, but it's definitely a good burger, and better than that of any other franchise (Whoever said that Fat Burger is better should just stop eating food.)
    2) The secret menu options elevate the burger from just a good burger to a fantastic burger.
    3) It's surprisingly cheap. You can get a burger, fries, and a shake, for like $5.
     
  4. soxpats

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    Most over rated burger ever!
     
  5. skywalker

    skywalker Senior member

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    Most over rated burger ever!

    It's $5, I'm curious if the critical people could suggest a better place.

    I've heard fat burger, i'm not a fan. I've heard five guys, and those aren't around.
     
  6. whodini

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    It's $5, I'm curious if the critical people could suggest a better place.

    That's wrong. It's $5 for a meal, a cheeseburger's around $2 and a Double-Double is $3.

    What could possibly be overrated about a $3 burger in which all the ingredients are fresh and made to order?
     
  7. ConcernedParent

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    +100000000 to the... "It's cheap and beats the shit out of other fast food chains" crowd.
     
  8. CouttsClient

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    That's wrong. It's $5 for a meal, a cheeseburger's around $2 and a Double-Double is $3.

    What could possibly be overrated about a $3 burger in which all the ingredients are fresh and made to order?

    Exactly. The "overrated" talk is...bullshit.
     
  9. yjeezle

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    1) It's a good burger. No, it's not a great burger, but it's definitely a good burger, and better than that of any other franchise (Whoever said that Fat Burger is better should just stop eating food.)
    2) The secret menu options elevate the burger from just a good burger to a fantastic burger.
    3) It's surprisingly cheap. You can get a burger, fries, and a shake, for like $5.


    what other secret menu options are there other than animal style?
     
  10. soxpats

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    5 Guys is so much better, but it is a couple dollars more. In-N-Out is mediocre at best. Burger sucks, Fries are decent.
     
  11. Harold falcon

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    You really shouldn't be eating from fast food joints in the first place, regardless of how much you like it.

    Unless you're drunk, then by all means, partake.
     
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    what other secret menu options are there other than animal style?
    you can get the whole onion grilled. they can even cook the burger with mustard so the mustard flavor cooks into the meat
     
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    what other secret menu options are there other than animal style?
    If you're way OCD about carbs, then you can lettuce wrap your patties. Also you can customize your meat to cheese ratio - largest I've seen is a 4x4 (as in four patties, four slices of cheese... one for each chamber of the heart!) Flying Dutchman is just meat and cheese. In a wrapper. Grilled Cheese Animal style fries Well done or undercooked french fries Chopped chili peppers on your burger Root Beer Floats Neopolitan Shakes *Edit - Five Guys is way better anyways...
     
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    You really shouldn't be eating from fast food joints in the first place, regardless of how much you like it.

    Unless you're drunk, then by all means, partake.


    Yeah, yeah, love child of mm and nosu.[​IMG]

    Just kidding. Anyway . . . the problem is not with In-N-Out, but the hype that surrounds it. Like SField said, the business model and the consistency in light of what it is (a fast food restaurant) impresses me as well.
     
  15. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

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    Whoops - double posted that somehow.
     
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    had in-n-out in vegas, and it was meh...my friend looked at me like i had three heads when i didn't drop my goo from the first bite, but it wasn't anything i would go out of my way for.

    5 guys is perfect when your hung over, but i'm not a fan when sober.
     
  17. whodini

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    5 Guys isn't bad per se but are people really comparing apples with apples? When people think of 5 are they picturing a simple burger ala Out or are they imaging the bacon, mushrooms, jalepeños, bbq, a1, relish, etc?
     
  18. kwilkinson

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    5 Guys isn't bad per se but are people really comparing apples with apples? When people think of 5 are they picturing a simple burger ala Out or are they imaging the bacon, mushrooms, jalepeños, bbq, a1, relish, etc?

    Yes, exactly. In n Out is the best fast food burger if you want your simple American (tm) burger, or a simple burger with the onions for animal style. Five Guys is a better option if you want a burger with a bunch of toppings or a more "custom" burger. But regardless of my love for the double double animal style, In n Out's fries are fucking atrocious.
     
  19. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    You really shouldn't be eating from fast food joints in the first place, regardless of how much you like it.

    Unless you're drunk, then by all means, partake.


    Wow, you sound like a lot of fun.
     
  20. Bradford

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    In-N-Out and 5 Guys are totally different types of burgers.

    In-N-Out is a much better version of a McDonald's style of burger. Harris Ranch meat, fresh vegetables, quick, fast and cheap.

    5 Guys is like a faster version of Fuddrucker's. It's like a sit down restaurant burger in a fast food place.

    It just depends on what you want at the time.
     

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