So are they indeed the best burgers in the world?
IMHO, they're right up there. I've been to a lot of burger joints, and have eaten a lot of burgers, and truthfully, I've found some really good burgers at other places. But In-N-Out is still a damn good burger.
And who can't love an In-N-Out restaurant anyways? Their menu is painfully simple:
- Double Double (two patties, two cheese)
- Milk Shake
Technically, the menu goes on and on under a "secret menu". If you want three patties and three cheese, tell then you want a "3x3". If you want 4 patties and eight cheeses, tell them "4x8". Simplicity and elegance in ordering.
My only "beef" with In-N-Out is that they're always so damn busy. It doesn't matter which location you go to. At lunch time, or dinner, there's a long line. When you're hungry, you don't like having to wait. And being a man of convenience and spontaniety, I end up forgoing In-N-Out for speedier digs.
In in the 1980's I used to go to the In-N-Out in Santa Ana, CA, on the corner of Bristol St and Civic Center Dr. At lunch time, the drive-thru would maintain a procession of 30 cars backed up a block down Bristol St for about an hour straight.
They're secret to success is fresh meat. They don't use frozen patties. Same with the french fries. They bring in whole potatoes, slice them right there on location, and fry 'em. I never cared much for their french fries however cause they're too skinny and crunchy. I like the fat, soft kind.