When the first DFW In-N-Out locations opened in May, people camped out overnight and even stood in the rain. Not me. After all, they are going to stay open and more locations will pop up over time. Unless my hamburger can do this, there is no reason for me to marinate in rainwater or lose sleep. Now that the hype has died down, I was ready to give it a try.
The menu is very simple, offering burgers, shakes and fries, as well as a not-so-secret menu where you can have your burger a different way, and even a grilled cheese. I opted for a Double-Double Animal Style which I hear is the way to go. It’s probably called that because when consuming it you resemble our farm friends ;) Don’t be surprised if someone awards you a Best in Show ribbon mistaking you for a Fair Pig.
Animal Style consists of lettuce, tomatoes, mustard cooked beef, pickles, extra spread, and grilled onions. The crisp seared patties were juicy and flavorful, but a word of caution: the patties are thin, so get the Double-Double if you prefer a heftier burger. The produce was fresh and the spread reminded me of Thousand Island dressing. The hamburger was good and I’m glad I went the ultimate fatty route in getting it Animal Style.
The fries are fresh cut at the restaurant and I was pleased with the overall taste and texture.
In-N-Out runs a tight ship. The staff were hard at work giving great customer service and keeping the restaurant clean. I was amazed at how they were able to keep their all-white uniforms pristine and pressed amid fry oil and spread. I can’t even hold it together with an apron on just reading a recipe!
So for my first Californian nostalgic burger experience, I liked it. The atmosphere, people, and food make it memorable. Mark, my food companion, once quipped “Fatburger is better”, so I’m curious to see how Fatburger stacks up (literally) against In-N-Out. Hopefully we can get Fat Burger here, but I digress.
In-N-Out will soon be opening an Addison location. More openings = more jobs and that’s always a good thing. They even start at $10 p/hr. For a full list of their DFW locations, visit www.innout.com.