Monday, October 10, 2005

In-n-Out Burger Unwrapped

I'm in Southern California this week, so I decided to dedicate a post to a Californian favorite, In-n-Out Burger. It's a chain fast food restaurant, but the ingredients they use are more fresh and are of higher quality than your average McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's.

In-n-Out's burgers are made from fresh, 100% pure beef that are free of additives, fillers, and preservatives. Their butchers carefully hand-cut and grind the beef in their own facility at which point the patties are shipped directly to their stores in refrigerated trucks. In-n-Out uses fresh produce and real American cheese, and all of their burgers are always fresh off the grill. In addition, their french fries are cooked in 100% cholesterol-free vegetable oil and are made fresh with real potatoes in the restaurant. Their shakes are also made from real ice cream.

Their standard burger comes with a 100% pure beef patty, hand-leaf lettuce, tomato, sauce, onions, and freshly baked bread.

When you walk into an In-n-Out, you'll see a very simple menu which consists of a hamburger, cheeseburger, double-double (2 patties of meat and cheese), fries, and shakes (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry) and other beverages. Although the menu is simple, most regulars know that In-n-out has a secret menu. I did a little bit of research, and I've compiled what I believe to be an all-inclusive list of items that are included in this secret menu. See the secret additions below:

Animal Style (My personal favorite) - Burger comes with mustard, sauteed onions, pickles, extra sauce

Any combination of burger patties and cheese slices (e.g. 4x4, 5x5, 6x6) - I've heard people getting 10x10's, but that's getting a bit ridiculous. I've never eaten a burger larger than a double-double.

Protein Burger - Lettuce in lieu of bun

Grilled Cheese - cheeseburger without the beef patty

Wish Burger - no meat. I don't know why anyone would eat this.

Well done Fries - Crispy and brown.

Neopolitan Shake - a blend of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. I'm assuming you can select any two to blend as well.

For all of you native Californians, this is nothing new. For those of you who have learned something by reading this post, I encourage you to go try something out. I've been meaning to go grab a burger before leaving town, but I've been too busy. Hopefully, I'll be able to pick one up before I leave town.

If any of you think I've missed anything up above, let me know.