Another case for In N Out!
I've read the debates on this board over best burgers, Apple Pan vs. Fatburger vs. Tommy's vs. In N Out... but here's an excerpt from a book review about my personal favorite, In N Out:
Book being reviewed: Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser
"And the book ends with what can only be called a tribute to In N Out Burger of California, a family-owned chain that has refused to franchise and pays the highest wages in the fast-food industry. In N Out peels its own potatoes and uses fresh beef, and it does without microwaves, heat lamps and freezers. It's ranked first in the nation in food quality, service and atmosphere, and the most expensive thing on the menu costs $2.45."
I love In & Out and have been going there since I was a kid. My only complaint these days is the "secret menu". Whenever I got to the one on Sunset Blvd. (closest to me), people are holding up the line coming up with the craziest combinations and adding their own versions of 'animal style' etc. Personally, I think the beauty of In & Out is the simplicity of the menu. I want the bun. I don't want mustard on the Double Double. I don't want fries with grilled onions, spread, and cheese slices cut into snowflakes. A #1 works for me everytime. In fact, I remember when In & Out added the #1, 2 & 3 combos and it was like they had done something radical. I like the fact that they don't have Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches or Guacamole Burgers.
a) The #1, #2, #3 combos do NOT save a single penny -- add 'em up! -- it just makes it faster to order.
b) The "specials" (e.g.: animal style, protein style, 4x4, etc.) are actually ON their menu -- why else would they have buttons for them on their cash registers? The fact they do not apear on their written menu boards only popularizes their appeal (giving one the feeling of being "in the know," as it were). But they are printed on their menu on the website! Go to their menu -- http://www.in-n-out.com/menu.asp -- and click on the folder marked "Secret Menu." (Yeah, big secret!)
c) Since all burgers are done to order, getting a "secret menu" burger takes no more time than a straight double-double.
INO random comment:
I LOVE the 'Animal' sticker they use on their orders. It has a permanent place on my dashboard. Good times.