In-N-Out Burger was the first drive through burger stand in California. It started back in 1948 by a wonderful man named Harry Snyder. He would buy fresh ingredients every morning to make the burgers while his wife cooked the books. They now have locations all over California and is one of the best burgers you can find. It has a drive through but it is not the same category as a fast food burgers. You see them inside grilling the burgers and onions as the orders pile up. They hand leaf the lettuce every day. These burgers are fresh. They have started expanding east as far as Utah and Texas and I’m sure this trend will continue. I only get to eat here about once a year when I visit my sister near LA. Every time you go to an In-N-Out there is a line at the drive through that extends out into the street covering almost all demographics. Lexus and Cadillac cars sandwiched between beat down old Chevy S10s. It’s like a goddamn Tim Horton’s during morning rush hour. Once you try the burgers you know why.
The menu is seemingly small when you look at. It has about 6 things on it included drinks and shakes. However, almost everyone knows about the secret menu that is no longer a secret. This is where you order or 3x3s, protein style, etc. But I want to talk about animal style. It’s fucking glorious. In-N-Out made the first animal style in 1961 due to customer requests. They throw your patty on the grill and cover it with mustard, when they flip your burger it cooks the mustard into your patty. They load it up with lettuce, onion, tomato and extra burger sauce (thousand island, obviously). It is like having a party in your mouth and all the chicks you invited show up. This is the benchmark for what a drive up burger should taste like. If you ever go to California you must make a stop. Just sitting outside in the sun in December was enough to make my trip worth it, but throw this burger in and it felt like I won the awesome lottery.
Now let me touch on the animal style fries for a second. Their fries are pretty good as is. Fries aren’t that hard to make though. Order them animal style and they get smothered in cheese, sautéed onions and burger sauce (again, basically thousand island). Eating these will change your life forever. At least the way you look at fries forever. If fries are like watching Michigan win a football game, animal style is like watching them win a bowl game. Except I’m not always drunk at In-N-Out like I am watching football.
In closing, In-N-Out is fantastic. I don’t know anyone from California that doesn’t love this place. Unless they are just some kind of tree hugging, vegetarian, not showering, dirty hippy who doesn’t deserve a cheeseburger (or yoga) ever. Don’t let the hippies win, eat at In-N-Out.