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Apr 22, 2009 11:40 AM

Phoenix In-N-Out Burger Near the Light Rail

I'm flying out to Phoenix from the East Coast tomorrow for business. I'm looking to grab an In-n-Out Double Double while out there. I'll be without wheels, and would prefer to not pay a big cab fare for In-N-Out, so I'm looking to find a branch close to the new Phoenix Light Rail, which goes right by where I'm staying. Any suggestions?

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  1. The University / Rural stop in Tempe (Eastbound from Downtown) will be the closest to In-N-Out, just south of the 202 Freeway on Scottsdale Rd.

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    1. re: azhotdish

      the link...

      In-N-Out Burger
      920 E Playa, Del Norte Tempe, AZ

      1. re: azhotdish

        As azhotdish notes, that northern Tempe location is the closest to light rail. Unfortunately, In-N-Out's Phoenix locations tend to focus on outer suburban areas rather than the core of the metro area.

        From University/Rural to Playa del Norte is a walk of one mile, and part of it is on a bridge over Tempe Town Lake. it's a safe walk with sidewalks the whole way, but it might be a little taxing in the 100-degree heat we've been having lately. I'd recommend a hat, sunblock, and a bottle of water for the walk. Alternatively, you could take light rail to the Tempe Transportation Center (one stop before University/Rural) and transfer to the northbound 72 bus, which heads over the lake toward Scottsdale and goes right by In-N-Out.

      2. I really liked In-N-Out until about a year ago... I stopped there last week (Scottsdale Promenade location) and actually had to discard my meal -- the fries were too greasy and the burger largely inedible. Has the quality of the beef they use declined markedly recently, or is it my imagination?

        You might advise us where you are staying; there may be other similar offerings nearby that you might want to sample.

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        1. re: zencker

          Maybe just an off day? I've eaten at the In-N-Out in Chandler a few times over the past month and it's been fine.

        2. Perhaps the phx c-hounders can recommend a nice local burger spot as a substitute?

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          1. re: danieli10

            The only one sort of close to a light rail stop that I can think of is Chuck Box by ASU. I think the closest stop is still Rural/University, and it would be a bit of a hike across campus or down University to get there. Probably no further than In-N-Out though. We love Chuckbox.

            1. re: Jen76

              The Chuckbox is only about a 10-minute walk (.5 miles) from that rail stop. Closest stop is at 5th St and College (near Sun Devil Stadium), which is a little over a quarter mile from the restaurant.


              Chuck Box
              202 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

              1. re: hohokam

                Shows you how much I've walked.

                1. re: Jen76

                  No worries.

                  I have the opposite problem in Berkeley. I usually walk to places that are within a mile or so of my pad there. A couple of times a year, we take our car up there, and I (re-)realize that my almost all of my walking routes are closed to cars. d'oh!


              2. re: Jen76

                The Chuckbox is certainly a shorter walk. I suspect the op has heard the hype about In-N-Out, and MUST go. It was a minor letdown for me. I'd still go to either place, even though I'm pretty picky about burgers.

                1. re: johnseberg

                  I feel/felt the same way about In-N-Out. Better than other fast food burgers, but certainly not the stuff of dreams. I don't hate it, but knowing what I know now, I wouldn't invest 40 minutes walking to and from the restaurant.

                  On the other hand, if I was an In-N-Out virgin from the East Coast, I might feel compelled to check it out just as someone from this part of the country might feel compelled to check out Pat's and/or Geno's when first visiting Philly.