Review By: Stefanie Parks –
I’ve been going to visit my parent’s house in Arizona for years, yet somehow in all my time there, I’ve never made it to In-N-Out Burger. Don’t ask me how it’s possible, because I have no idea, but I decided that this was going to be the trip that I finally tried the infamous burger chain.
Dave came into Arizona a few days after me and we decided that we’d go on our way back from picking him up at the airport. We walked inside and looked at the menu, which consists of a hamburger, cheeseburger, double cheeseburger (called a Double Double), french fries, and milk shakes. They do one thing and they do it well. That’s the way I like it (there’s nothing I hate more than a restaurant that has both sushi and burgers on it, for example… It just seems like a recipe for disaster).
Dave walked to the counter and ordered like a pro from the secret menu (that I’d heard about but most definitely didn’t know by heart, like he did). We got two double-doubles, animal style (which means with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and Thousand Island dressing), two orders of fries, and a Neapolitan shake (all three of their flavors – strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla – combined.
First, I dug into the fries. They’re skinny, but not too skinny, crispy, but not too crispy, and really just the way I like my fries.
Just looking at the double-double pretty much had me drooling. You know how fast-food restaurants always show pictures of their food in ads but then when you actually order said food it looks much different (and not in a good way)? Well, not In-N-Out. This burger looked like it came straight out of an ad. And it was love at first bite (good one, huh?). Now this is what a fast-food burger should taste like. After just one bite, I immediately knew why In-N-Out burger has such a cult following.
Last, I tried the shake. It was so thick that it took a little effort to get it through the straw, but once I did… It was well worth it. I loved the three-flavor combo and really everything about the shake (and my whole experience at In-N-Out).
We live around the corner from Shake Shack in New York, which is pretty similar to In-N-Out. I like Shake Shack a lot, but it just doesn’t compare. In-N-Out has a simple menu, great prices (our whole meal was only $12), AND awesome food. In-N-Out is doing it right. I just can’t believe it took me this long to try it.