Most have heard about the legend that is In-N-Out Burger (yes N and not N) and many I’m sure have chronicled its history and “culinary” achievements, but this was my first taste and what follows was my experience…on two separate visits thank you.
First off I would like to say this was some great adventure where I went across country to rekindle old friendships (that was the plan…but it fell through), when in reality I was holed up at a conference in a hotel surrounded by the worst thing imaginable for a food loving person….high end chains; they not only serve you mediocre food, but they rip you off as well…all with a smile. On a whim, I grabbed the rental, insurance in tow, and headed to a “seedier” part of town (town will go unmentioned, but it’s somewhere where a large theme park and crappy reality show started) to find the nearest In-N-Out Burger! With the huge influx of burger joints in Atlanta, I figured I should try the place I had heard so much about from my west coast friends.
The restaurant, not really sure it qualifies, itself was old school and could have been transplanted from the 60s. The menu was pure and simple, with two options; hamburger or cheeseburger…of course you could get a double! They were also health conscious enough to provide the caloric intake so you could see how fat you would be getting with each additional patty!
On my first visit I just had a burger and fries, but on the second I grabbed a cheese and a normal burger, as I really didn’t care too much for the fries. The other two interesting things about the place, were the fact that they had someone with a headset and laptop standing in the drive-through taking orders and there were literally 20+ folks working in the back…so why the hell did it take 10 minutes for my order damnit!
The burgers themselves definitely lived up to their reputation and were juicy and full of flavor. The veggies are all cut fresh and were another differentiator and the option with onions provide great crunch and a sweet, pungent kick to the burger. The cheese burger was by far my favorite and the juice literally ran down my fingers.
I am really pissed however, because I found out (after the fact) there was an off menu item…the monster burger…with three patties and special sauce! Not sure how I would have fit it in my mouth, but at least gives me another reason to go back. Are they the best burgers in the world; no, but they are pretty damn good, and for the price beat anything in the ATL. In-N-Out is definitely worth the trip if you’re in the area, and if you get the monster…let me know how it works out for ya!