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how far have you gone for an in-n-out burger?

Hello -- I'm looking to hear any and all stories of devoted in-n-out fans: how far have you traveled for a double double? what is your favorite INO story? how often do you go? how did you first get turned on to IN0 and what happened, how was the experience? Are you a vegetarian and still eat a grilled cheese at INO -- animal style/ happy eating....and sharing

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  1. We have moved your posting here from the L.A. board as In-N-Out has stores throughout California, Arizona and Nevada and this is where we discuss chains that cross our regional boards. It seems that you may be doing some research for an article here, if so, please extend the usual journalistic courtesy by citing Chowhound as your source.

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    1. well I guess I'll start it off. We waited for the opening of the first San Jose store several years ago. We had heard the stories, longed for the taste, we knew that there would be lines. But we waited, I don't remember how long, but as we approached the take out window, the drool starting to make it's way down our chins. We ordered the usual burger, shake and fries. Slowly moving down watching the potatoe friers diligently preparing the potatoes. That first bite....onion, that was all you could taste. The fries were another story, soggy, actually, I'm not sure they were even cooked. The shake, well, nothing to write home about. We chalked it up to opening day and needing to get the kinks out, but after a couple more trys, and no impovement we scratched it off the list. Maybe it's gotten better, but I'd rather have a taco from across the street.

      1. 50 feet - and it was too far!

        1. 3000 miles. :) I never eat fast food burgers here in NYC but on my first trip to LA in October I knew I had to try one. And it was awesome. I am just glad they don't have INO here 'cuz I would eat them too often (for dietary reasons, not good!). I also tried Carl's Jr while out there and while decent, not something I felt I would need to have again...repeatedly. My friends here, who all know I gave up FF burgers years ago were very amused by my detailed accounts of both places.

          1. We moved to North Carolina 7 years ago from So. Cal. & visit about once a year. The first thing we do when we get off the plane is go to In-n-Out. When I was planning our trip a few years ago, I called In-n-Out & asked what hotel was within walking distance of the Ontario airport since we were arriving late & couldn't rent a car until the next day. Unfortunately, our plane was 2 hours late & In-n-Out was closed by the time we arrived at the hotel. :(

            1. I grew up in CA and moved away. Every chance I get, I go to In N' Out - usually on trips home to visit family and friends.

              I was on a business trip in Scottsdale with a coworker who had never been to an In n Out. On 3 consecutive days, when we had limited time for lunch, we drove around looking in vain for the In n Out. Finally, on the last day we found it.

              I thought In n Outs are primarily located near freeways but in this case, if I remember correctly, the Scottsdale location was not visible from or near a freeway. Whatever, it was delicious.

              And I am an almost-vegetarian, gave up red meat, but I allow for a in N Out burger when I get the chance.

              1. I grew up in LA also...so missed them when we lived in WA and AZ(before they came here). We also stopped for one in LA when we were visiting from Seattle. Once we moved to AZ and they weren't here we always planned our drive to LA with a stop for lunch for one in Palm Springs.

                NOw that there's one mile from us in Chandler, AZ...we rarely go! about once a year! LOL

                1. When I was out in CA at a desert resort, we drove for 2.5 hours to get to the closest In-n-Out. There were 3 of us from NY and 2 from Germany.

                  We all felt contented having eaten the meal on the sunny outdoor picnic tables (mine, animal style). And the shakes being extra-thick, there was enough left to slurp up on our 2.5 hr drive back.

                  1. Ya'll are going to make me go out and try one. I just recently moved to Southern CA and I have heard they are the best fast food burger around. I don't usually do fast food but I believe I am going to have to try INO.

                    1. I don't think their burgers are better than Farmer Boy's, but it's a different style. You pay 6 bucks at FB's for a restaurant style burger and 2 for a double double. In terms of value, In n Out has them beat.

                      Having lived within 10 miles of an In n Out all my life, I can't really detail a long trip for one. But I definitely go out of my way when friends from out of town are here. I'd say 15 miles is the furthest I've gone, but I dealt with Saturday night Hollywood traffic to get to the one on sunset. I figure that's punishment enough.