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What's with In N Out fries?

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While I was waiting for my meal to be prepared, I was entertaining myself by watching the fry cutter device in action. Nice long fresh fries. But then I noticed the order of fries I received. They seem to be half the length and many of them are just ends. Sure they taste good but some of them are too small to even pick up. What happened? One theory is that somewhere between the cutting and the frying they are whisked away and sold to high end Beverly Hills steak houses. Then they are replaced with the same precut fries that Islands uses. (They have the same small fry problem)

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  1. Their fries are the weak link in the menu--too limp. I have to order them well done. I prefer McD's.

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    1. re: sparkareno

      I ordered mine well done but they came out of the same batch of fries that everyone else was getting.

      1. re: sparkareno

        I order mine lightly-well. Seems to be a pretty standard 'secret' In-N-Out term and they come out golden and crispy without any of the semi burnt hard pieces that come with the well-done version.

      2. 1. The potatoes they use tend to be smallish so the fries are small too. I don't think I've ever been served a fry at In-n-Out that was more than 1/4" x 2.5" at most. Actually, I always thought they must cut them across the potato instead of length-wise because your observation is one I've made often.

        2. I've been ordering mine well-done lately too. If they come out the same as regular then the order wasn't done correctly for you.

        1. They also start getting lousy more than 3 minutes out of the fryer, they are not par-cooked either, makes for a limp fry.

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          1. re: mrbigshotno.1

            H-m-m-m-m. Personally I've never found them very limp, even before I started ordering them well done.