In-N-Out Burger: Worth the Wait, But Not the Fuss

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First bite of the first fry by the first customer in Allen. Soon to be followed by two double-doubles.

Stay tuned to the Observer's food blog, City of Ate, for more from the In-n-Out opening.

In-N-Out Burger is the best hamburger. Period. The end.

When I'm in Oxnard, California for Cowboys training camp or Surprise, Arizona for Rangers spring training or Las Vegas for fun, yeah, I'll go out of my way for the freshest, most fantastic burger in America.

Excited that the chain is spreading to Texas and today opening shops in Frisco and Allen. But people are camping out for the grand opening? Since Monday night?

Just saw a guy on TV say he cried when he heard the news that In-N-Out was coming here. Of course he's from L.A., so perhaps he's simply trying to camouflage his Lakers tears in hunger.

I went to the Allen location at around 8:30 this morning for breakfast and lunch and to check out the scene.

People were camped out in chairs. Saw a tent. First guy in the door was Ron, a 44-year-old relatively sane man who wore an In-N-Out cap and shirt, skipped work, and drove from Cleburne to be the first guy in the door.

"How can you not love this place?" he said. "The food is heavenly. The staff is nice. I wished everywhere could be this great. I'd eat every meal here if I could."

While I don't endorse selling your soul and joining the In-N-Out cult, it is dang good eatin'.

Some ordering tips for In-N-Out newbies ...

While the menu is simple, there are secrets:

You can get the double-double, the 3x3 or even the 4x4 with, yep, four 2-ounce patties and four slices of cheese.

The cool kids order "Animal Style", which is a mustard-cooked patty, pickles, special spread (think Thousand Island dressing) and diced onions.

The healthy kids order "Protein Style", which is basically just a lettuce wrap instead of a bun.

And the weird kids order "Flying Dutchman", which is just two patties and two slices of cheese.

For me? Double-double with no onions. Fries. Strawbery shake. Good to go.

Bon apetit.


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cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

One person characterized the madness as KrispyKremesque, same frothing at the mouth over an ordinary item. It's a fucking hamburger. They were just donuts. People started to figure that out after awhile and amazingly the lines went away and everybody went right back to what they ate before. Some of them closed after overestimating their own greatness. If I were to chart all the recommendations of burger joints mentioned so far in this thread I could have them from OKC to Fredericksburg and not have the same stop twice.

There are little no-name joints all across the state with ingredients just as fresh. If it makes some Californians all warm and fuzzy to have their burger joint in town, so be it, but I am not buying into the hype.

Good burgers are easy to find. Real honest to God fries that have never felt the touch of the deep freeze, that is a little harder.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

What did you think of the fries at Clownburger, Cactus? Also, try Al's in Arlington next time you go the Ballpark...Good fries there too. I believe it was you that took my rec on the Clown. Fresh made for every order, the wifey loves them. If Nic's in OKC was located in Fort Worth or Weatherford, I'd eat there 3 times a week...Same thing with Alamo Springs Cafe.

Corby Davidson
Corby Davidson

There is nothing special about an In And Out burger as people will find out.

Dankivi
Dankivi

Ritchie can get plugs to try to allievate his balding head but what is he going to with that mug of his?

AnnaL
AnnaL

You are right. Witt looks like a retarded duck.

Phil
Phil

Gotta separate fast-food type burger places from sit-down restaurants that serve burgers. That being said, Kenny's in Frisco for sit-down and Mooyah for fast-food.

Cowtown
Cowtown

It would have been hilarious if all those losers that camped out for INO had their homes robbed while they were gone.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Now that's a RAGE listener. Fits the angry, kinda dumb demo. Mad they didn't open in Mesquite?

Cowtown
Cowtown

Yes, because then I could go house to house on foot and rob them.

Dap the Nub's brother
Dap the Nub's brother

So I guess this means a "last supper" for Whataburger?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

nah, only two in and out burgers for the entire area? Not shutting anyone down.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

There's going to be 5 or 6..but yeah, their not shutting down the competition.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Because this area can only support one regional burger chain? Moron.

Dap the Nub's brother
Dap the Nub's brother

Because you can't see when someone is making fun of Richie's prognostication skills? Moron.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Most commented blog entry since the Colby dissertation...and I think I got the only nut-kick in on little RW...#winning

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

#1 that was the fake kergs up above..8.0's is for douchey guys like Robem and RW to try to pick up chicks...not for the burgers. Good Wednesday night Country music scene, though very crowded. #2 when in the town of the Cow, try Fred's off of 7th or if you want an old timey burger try the Clownburger in Haltom City...Kincaids is top five too (original location only)#3 in Arlington you can't beat Al's..#4 Best burger in Texas is the Alamo Springs Cafe outside of Fredericksburg. Close runner up would be Ms. Hatties in San Angelo

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I was gonna throw Al's into the mix, Its right in my hood, wonderful, juicy, inexepnsive and close.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Al's was Mrs. Broken Shoulder's favorite burger before we headed westward. Clownburger is just like it, small patties..lots of grease..mmmm

Tex192
Tex192

If its as good as Country Burger in Plano, I'll give RW a dollar...my guess is I'll keep my $1 bill.

asa;l
asa;l

Hey Bud, Country Burger is OK.....don't get excited! I'd rather walk a couple of feet away and go to Campisi's.

See, burgers joints are MEH, anyone can cook a burger; I enjoy Jakes cause they have:

-a great bar-great "fried bottlecaps"-fantastic "sweet tater fries".

Kergie Out.

ps-Burger Break ain't half bad.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

We've been copying Alamo Springs burger since our last foray into the hilliest of countries..every Saturday since the burn ban was lifted..start with a fire, big ass patties, fresh buns from the bakery, pepper jack, bacon, sauteed onions, little bit of avacado ...cold ass beera...mmmmmm

Ckergo
Ckergo

soundin' good up in dat sonabitch!

Bluenote15
Bluenote15

It doesn't make sense to compare In-n-Out to a sit-down burger joint. This is fast food with tables and chairs. Not a full-service restaurant like some of the burger joints being cited in this list of comments. It's not meant to compete with restaurants that are not fast food.

It beats the crap out of mcdonalds. Period.

corby's backpack fullaweed
corby's backpack fullaweed

" It beats the crap out of McDonalds"... who doesn't? I'm sorry but beating McDonalds doesn't impress me one bit.

Gordon Rives
Gordon Rives

The blog post makes reference to the burgers and the ingredients as to why In and Out Burger is the best burger. RW makes no mention of the table and chairs or the type of restaurant. Don't tell me how to post.

Mishon
Mishon

Dutch's in Fort Worth across from TCU is greatness. Tuesday they have half price burgers, so you can get full for really cheap.

Look. it. up.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Have you seen Olive Branch lately? I'd hate for him to miss this thread.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

He got burned up in the fires. We have a mutual friend.

Mishon
Mishon

I hope nothing happened to Sybil's beaver. Haven't heard from it in awhile either.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

that's too bad. I wish farmer's branch would have burned up instead.

McDoom
McDoom

I preferred the burgers of the former tenant in the Dutch's spot, the late, the great Jon's Grille. RIP Jon and your burgers.

therrick
therrick

I prefer Scotty P's in Frisco myself.

Gordon Rives
Gordon Rives

Love Shack

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Pretty good, but I'd take a Diablo burger at Fred's over it, everytime ...Gordon, go to Love's other place The Lonesome Dove for lunch sometime..order the Buffalo Meatloaf with garlic spinach and yukon gold mashed. Runs about 12 bucks, and worth 5 times as much...Now, you are talking my friend.

Gordon Rives
Gordon Rives

Your post reminds of a Diablo Sandwich and a Dr. Pepper

PatJim
PatJim

Um, Keller's??

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

This. Can't beat it.

If you're gonna wait 3 hours, might as well drive to Okie City and hit Nic's.

SoonerJon
SoonerJon

If your going to OKC Johnny's is the place for burgers and the world's greatest onion rings. Scotty P's tried to copy them, but didn't even get close.

In-N-Out is the best fast food burger going.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I love Nic's, I always schedule meetings up in OKC for after 2:30 so I can get by there before they close...best/only good thing in Oklahoma!

Billy Batts
Billy Batts

hey douche,

leave the food stuff for City of Ate.

capiche?

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

No thanks. I think I'll keep on writing whatever I want when I want on my blog. But thanks for the feedback. capiche?

Guest
Guest

Might be your blog, but I'm pretty sure the Dallas Observer could take it the damn away from you if they so chose to. Midget asshole.

Billy Batts
Billy Batts

did City of Ate get on you? I noticed you added a line. You struggle enough as-is with sports, leave the food to them, schifoso!

Billy Batts
Billy Batts

now go home and get your fucking shinebox!

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