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In-n-Out Burger is Coming to Texas!

Can Austin be far behind?

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  1. yay! PTerrys is ok, but nothing beats InNOut!

    1. I know I'm in the minority, but I think In-n-Out is overrated. Burgers are eh. Fries are eh. Couldn't really understand southern cal's obsession with that place when I lived in Cali. It's supposed to open in Garland (for those who don't want to click on the link) which is a weird place to open, I think. When I think popular parts of Dallas, Garland doesn't exactly pop into my mind.

      1. !!! this is good news!

        1. When I visited relatives in CA last year I made it a point to go to an In-n-Out to see what all the buzz was about from homesick Californians in Austin. It was ok, nothing special.

          Meanwhile, my relatives said they'd trade every In-n-Out to get one Whataburger nearby.

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          1. re: Lixer

            everybody wants what they can't have...

            1. re: SlickTheCat

              This. It seems a lot of it is nostalgia for stuff 'back home'.

              I will say though, that I always hit up an In-N-Out at least once if I am in California. I think the burgers are good, and the food in general is fresh, especially compared to other fast food joints. Same reason I like P-Terrys here, reasonably fresh food, kept simple and cheap. Plus they have Maine root beer on fountain.

              Best burger ever? Hardly. Too many burger types and too many different burger 'moods' to claim one purveyor as superior to the rest. Same with pizza.

          2. I'm not quite on the bandwagon, but since there's this existing thread, figured some people might appreciate the update http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ac...

            1. I'd rather get a Smashburger. That's the most awesome chain burger I've ever had.

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              1. re: achtungpv

                I find it strange that Smashburger is established with multiple locations in every major city in Texas except for Austin. It looks like they even got a Corpus Christi location on the way.

                1. re: verily

                  I read somewhere that a company in SA has the franchise rights to Austin and the plan is to have some here by '12. Hopefully, that's still the plan.

                  1. re: achtungpv

                    They don't franchise at In n Out.

                    1. re: ridgeback

                      That's what I understood - do you think the original link is a fake, or did In-N-Out just change their policy?

                      1. re: ridgeback

                        This part of the thread is referring to Smashburger...

                        1. re: verily

                          Oh - I see that Smashburger does frachise.....I can't see that In-n-Out does. Actually, they say that they don't. Is there some mis-information?

                2. Meh. I don't see the reason for the hype. Don't care for them and certainly don't understand the rally around them.

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                  1. re: blueclaw666

                    Would you like for me to explain it to you or do you just like to add posts that nobody cares to read?

                    1. re: ridgeback

                      That is my opinion. By all means, please explain if you feel an explanation is needed. Otherwise you could be accused yourself for what you just said to me, so, make it good. :-)

                  2. I'm an In N Out lover, and although it feels blasphemous, I'll say it; P. Terry's is almost EXACTLY the same. Since I've lived here, I've always kinda wondered if they used In N Out as a model.

                    I'd love the chain to open a location here, but in the meantime I'm totally happy with P. Terry's. They might not make burgers animal style, but they're in the same vein and damn good.

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                    1. re: popvulture

                      Interesting. I tried In N Out probably 8 years ago and really didn't care for it.
                      I do LOVE a P. Terry's burger though! They are yummy and their fries are great!

                      In the interest of science, I will try In N Out again, but I still will not understand the hype. I think it is thought of as "cool" to like In N Out whether you actually do or not. I don't follow.

                      1. re: blueclaw666

                        Meh, I don't exactly know why I love In N Out so much... I think it's just the fact that it's a rare treat. When I'm in LA, I've got a few places that I like to go out of sheer habit. Late night double double animal style after a night of drinking, Philippe's the next day when I'm hung over, beers at Red Lion in the afternoon, and maybe a trip up to Malibu for some greasy seafood at Neptune's Net. It's golden for me, but who knows why people decide to love what they love. It is what it is.

                      2. re: popvulture

                        P Terry's buns are from Mrs. Bairds and are below mediocre - no competition for the buns baked by In-n-Out themselves. P Terry's also doesn't slice their potatoes in the store minutes before frying 'em; In-n-Out does. I don't think they (P Terry's) slice their veggies or prepare the lettuce in the store, unlike In-n-Out, but perhaps they do.

                        1. re: ridgeback

                          According to P Terry's sign, they do slice their potatoes in the store fresh and they do slice their veggies fresh. They even have windows along the drive through area to show this off.
                          Have you been to a P Terry's to see this first hand? It's quite evident.

                          1. re: blueclaw666

                            I was just there last week to get a veggie burger but ordered from inside - a veggie/potato operation is not evident from the inside. Nobody in line inside but 12 lazy f's were sitting in their cars blocking parking and Lamar Blvd. Their fries are fine, if you like 'em floppy. I guess you must like their Mrs Baird's bread too.

                            1. re: ridgeback

                              Somebody needs a Happy Meal!

                              1. re: popvulture

                                Probably. There's something grating to me about posts that begin with "Meh" and go downhill from there.

                              2. re: ridgeback

                                Their potatoes are delivered whole by the box. I've seen them stock their restaurant. So is their lettuce and tomatoes, so some "veggie/potato operation" is going on. :)

                                1. re: ridgeback

                                  I really like their chicken burgers, but sometimes the buns are way off (either mushy wet or super stale). Either way, they aren't the best buns but the chicken is hormone free, free range...

                                  On another note, isn't it illegal to block an entire lane of traffic, even if it's for fast food? I would love to see a cop handing out tickets over there to those "lazy f's" who block Lamar during rush hour. That might make a tiny dent in this city's budget woes. Heck, they could use that motorcycle cop sitting on Mopac N during rush hour (how in the heck does he figure that to be a speed trap? We're crawling.)

                                  1. re: ridgeback

                                    I was at the N. Lamar location this weekend and noticed that the potato press/fry maker was missing or is somewhere out of site. Back when it opened you would routinely hear the 'ca-chunk' of the device cutting up potatoes. It was back near the drive through side grill, by the windows. Not sure if they are doing these elsewhere. Haven't driven around back to check if they have potatoes on hand, but the fries seemed to be the same as before.

                                    I really like how they have maine root on tap. Love that stuff.

                                    1. re: bbq1995

                                      aha, redemption! confirmation!

                                2. re: ridgeback

                                  Agree regarding P. Terry's buns. Not good. In-N-Out's are much better. I also find the regular burger at P. Terry's to be bland, but the veggie and chicken burgers are pretty tasty and I go there regularly just for one of those. To me, the fries are very close to In-N-Out's, but I like In-N-Out's a wee bit better.

                              3. Oh yay another chain coming our way! so excited I think peeded a little.

                                sorry if that sounds disrespectful but when I read about reastraunts failing i get sad, I think we should support locally owened places that are unique to our lanscape.. Yes, I have had an In and Out burger... but I would rather have a Huts or a Hoovers or a Dans annnnnny day.

                                1. Yeah, nothing special. Good but not wait in line great.
                                  Five Guys not a bad chain burger, decent fries too.
                                  but still looking for that perfect burger

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                                  1. re: justhungry

                                    I hate to tell you this but if it's the perfect burger you're after, you need to go to NYC to a place in the Village called Minetta Tavern and order the Black Label Burger. Outrageously good.

                                    1. re: ridgeback

                                      Definitely. In N Out and P.Terry's are absolutely nowhere near that ballpark.

                                      Not sure what my personal fave up there is... probably DuMont / DuMont Burger. Bleu cheese & bacon. Ugh it's making me mad just thinking about it.

                                      1. re: popvulture

                                        the dumont burger is excellent, as is shake shack for the fast foodish type.
                                        not sure what the austin equivalents would be, if anything.

                                        1. re: dinaofdoom

                                          Shake Shack is fantastic. Nothing in Austin has come close, for me.

                                          1. re: hlk

                                            ...probably because austin doesn't have our own pat lafrieda mix master extraordinaire.

                                            i don't really tend to get burgers here in austin.
                                            sometimes if i am really craving one, i'll get one work, where they do a nice job with a grass-finished texas beef and use a real flame grill.

                                            1. re: dinaofdoom

                                              I've always thought Woodland's burgers must've been modeled after DuMont's, right down to the little pickles they use. It's not a replacement, but a pretty good substitute.

                                              1. re: popvulture

                                                never had one there. is it as tall/fat?

                                                and for everyone else following along, here are some pics from serious eats for your viewing pleasure.

                                                 
                                                 
                                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                  The last time I had a woodland burger it wasn't as fat as that picture, but it was a burger of the thicker variety as opposed to thin/fast food style. I remember it being tasty and satisfying. Not mind blowing though. Went well with the Live Oak Pilz I was drinking.

                                                  1. re: bbq1995

                                                    Yeah that photo looks a little bit augmented reality, but, you get the gist. Plus they actually pay attention if you want it bloody (I like mine rare to medium rare), unlike say, Hopdoddy. I get the Pepper Crust (seared w pepper, plus bleu cheese n bacon).

                                                    1. re: popvulture

                                                      I went to Hopdoddy last week and managed to get a rare burger that was truly rare.

                                                      1. re: hlk

                                                        It's good to know that they're doing that now. The burgers I've had there have been delicious aside from the kinda gray, medium-well meat.

                                  2. you mean... no one has trekked up to Dallas to have an In-N-Out burg yet?!? c'mon...

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                                    1. re: malarkey

                                      I'll go the minute I happen to need to go to Dallas for something. It's kinda baffling that they haven't opened up an In-N-Out here yet... I mean, if you're gonna open up a delicious Californian burger chain in Texas, why not pick the stoner town?