Friday, February 25, 2011

A Random Friday with a Side of In 'N Out Burger

Hey, everyone!

Thanks for the great response to my last post. In honor of your great comments, I actually dedicated my workout on Wednesday to you! I ran at a faster rate on the treadmill, and I took 10 lbs off of the assisted dip machine (that 10 lbs makes a difference...ouch!). I'm glad to hear that everyone is doing what they can to stay healthy.

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Did I mention In 'N Out Burger in the title of this post? Oh yeah! By the way, I do find it ironic that I just talked about health and am now talking about In 'N Out Burger. Moderation, everyone! ;) This will probably be my only fast food burger for the year, so it should at least be good.

When I was last in L.A. I was a hard core pescetarian, so I couldn't really enjoy In 'N Out like I should have. I was not going to miss tasting it on this trip. Anyhoo, I got off the plane in Los Angeles and was able for the first time in a long time to feel WARM wind on my face. After being cheap on my five hour cross-country flight and not buying the $8 sandwiches offered on the plane, I was totally ready for lunch. Luckily, Big Mitts, my friend and tour guide for our trip, lives VERY close to an In 'N Out. Score!!

A Cheeseburger Animal Style (with sauteed onions + extra sauce)

French Fries

Favorite parts of the meal:
Sauce + the Onions i.e., the animal style in general

Worst part of the meal:
The fries

Okay, some brief general observations:

1. This burger was definitely good. I felt like the elements didn't gel well together though. Parts of it were downright freezing cold, and the burger was sorta kinda just warm. I like my food (especially mass cooked meat) to be pretty warm when I get it. Am I being picky?

2. In 'N Out is rather good burger, BUT is it life changing? I'm going to have to say that I don't think so. I think it's a great FAST FOOD burger, but I have tasted better burgers in general. I think I'd rather save my red meat points for elsewhere, if I've got other options. Plus, I know that they must put the worst things ever in them, but Mc Donald's fries cannot be beat. These In 'n Out fries were a little soggy, and I longed for some more crunch and salt.

3. I think given In 'N Out's price, it's a great deal for the quality of the burger.

So what do you think? What are your feelings about In 'N Out? Did this East Coast girl miss the mark? Maybe I went to the wrong In 'n Out location? Do you have a favorite fast food burger option in your city or town that isn't Mc Donald's or Burger King?

Happy Weekend!


BigAppleNosh said...

I looooooooove In-N-Out and totally fall for the April Fool's joke every year that it's coming to NYC. Next time, try the animal style fries too!

Maya said...

I never understood the hype about In 'N Out-- it's tasty, but it's not anything life changing IMO. And I am so with you on In 'N Out fries-- I think they are really blah. Like you, I don't want to know what's in them or how they make them, but McDonald's fries are the best ;)

lavenderpug said...

i love in 'n out. i think part of it the atmosphere and experience of it all--it's not necessarily life-changing, but it's comforting, fun and tasty. now i want a burger. with cheese. mostly definitely cheese. okay maybe i'm craving melted cheese more so than the burger.

Cathleya said...

As far as fast food and availability for us west coasters, In n Out can't be beat. But I definitely prefer Five Guys (can't get it near me). I'm guessing it's a bit of a "grass is greener" kind of thing.

The nice thing about In n Out though is that I can skip the fries and not even be sad...great calorie saver. Like you, I'm not a fan. You know, like you can't walk into a Mc Donalds and NOT get fries. You'd be all sad...not so in In n Out! :)

Jade said...

The In-N-Out fries are MUCH MUCH better when you order then "well-done". They taste more like potato chips that way! I personally LOVE In-N-Out fries! I've had Five Guys and I love them too, but I think it's much different than the In-N-Out experience. Both are good, and I'd crave both differently.

I also have to throw in, that I have yet to try Shake Shack. Stupid me - I was home in NY last summer and had lunch with a friend at East Japanese restaurant for a quick but filling bite of sushi plucked from the conveyor belt. Since she was on her way back to the office and I had time to kill before meeting my other friend, I stopped by Madison Square Park to people watch. Surprisingly the line at Shake Shack was NONEXISTENT but my tummy was full of sushi and udon. I should have just sucked it up and ordered a burger anyway!

Kimberly Michelle said...

I was coming here to echo what Jade said: fries well-done! My Dad used to hate In N Out as well, just due to the fries, and now all is well!

There's no better fast food out there than In N Out. The meat is never frozen, they're cutting the potatoes right there, and they're paying people awesome wages to make your food insanely fast! I won't eat fat food meat anywhere else... at all!

But it's not meant to be compared to any sort of awesome take away burger, like Five Guys or Shake Shack, but it's in competition w/McDonalds, Wendy's and Burger King.

Mrs. Hot Cocoa said...

I almost licked my screen. I heart In n Out.

Diana said...

Ive been to Cali but we didnt get a chance to go to In an Out! Looks good. I really havent eaten a fast food burger in so long. Wendys is my favorite!


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