Monday, March 3, 2008

In n' Out Burger

You'll have to wait for the longer post on tacquerias of Orange County. And believe me, there's Bourdain-like meat tales to tell there.

For now, you'll have to settle for a brief post on the quintessential Southern California burger joint, the In-N-Out Burger.

Here, in all it's glory, is the burger shack.

Trust me, follow that arrow. It leads to goodness. It leads to this.

And after a few minutes of three dudes from WV and one from OK figuring out the particulars of ordering, we had this.

Say hello to my new desktop background. Yes, I need to buy a drool-guard for my keyboard. No, I haven't yet.

The boys in the back started in on their burgers, each a single cheeseburger combo with onions, and order of fries, and a pop (east coast WV boy, it's pop).

After a few minutes of slurping and gnoshing noises, Karl decided that waiting for me to be able to eat was not a moral imperative. See the results here.

Karl at the end of the pre-burger bite action.

Karl in mid-burger-bite.

And Karl in post-burger-bite-bliss.

Josh made the excellent point that one of the best elements of this fast-food burger was the freshness of the veg. The tomato was juicy and tasty. The lettuce was fresh, crisp, and actually added to the burger.

And if you though I was waiting to get back to the're crazy.

It's LA. There were lots of red lights between the In n' Out on S. Brockhurst and the Disneyland Hotel.

This was a cheesy (heh, I'm punny) excursion but well worth the gas. It's a piece of Americana like chicken fried steak in Texas, or clam chowder in New England, or salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

There are little pieces of Americana everywhere, and a few minutes in a drive-thru in LA IS a part of LA. Cars everywhere, drive-thrus to feed the people in them. Reminded me of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

You remember the nefarious plot of the Judge, don't you?


user said...

It's been many years since I've had an In and Out burger, but you're right--there's nothing like 'em. Heaven.

Anonymous said...

In-n-Out is some good stuff.

I love the regional variations in burgers. California has In-n-Out. Utah has Crown Burger and Hires Big H. DC has Five Guys.

It's all good (if not good for the waistline).

redneck muppet said...

And Carl's Jr., which appears to be Hardy's West. Didn't make it to a Jack in the Box, though I saw several.

Also missed out on Del Taco and Pollo Loco, but more on that in the tacqueria post tonight.

Bethie said...

Del Taco was my last meal of 2007.

In n Out was my first meal of 2008.

I can't wait till I get to go back out west where even the fast food is funky. Glad you had fun!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Carl's Jr. is Hardys :)

I'm glad you had in-n-out and i am SO BUMMED i couldn't be with you for the event. Was it your first? I see raw onion in that photo. Someone from CYD should have given you tips on the "secret menu" that's not secret to anyone here but gives visitors a thrill. Real men order their burgers "animal style" - you can get more than a "double-double" - like a triple tripe. You can get protein style (wrapped in lettuce) or a grilled cheese (everything but the meat and what I eat Friday's during lent). You can get the fries "well done" - all crispy goodness. You also always have a point and a laugh at the John 3:16 on the inside lip of the cups' bottoms.

Anonymous said...

double doubles? Good! Did you get it animal style though? that's part of their secret menu and is just a messy sauce. it is great

redneck muppet said...

i knew i needed to go to in n' out burger. i didn't know i needed to google it to find the friggin' 'secret' menu. now i have to go back to southern california. oh, damn.