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In n' Out coming to Round Rock


"Vining said the restaurant contacted his firm three months ago to help facilitate zoning changes needed at the location In-N-Out is considering purchasing, 4251 N. I-35, next to BJ’s Restaurant. Current planning and zoning ordinances prohibit drive-thru restaurants at that site."

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  1. Looks like that's near the Outlet Mall? Not a bad spot... They wouldn't be competing with any of the local chains.

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    1. re: verily

      Don't think they'd be worried about local competition, I think they are a bit better then most fast food burgers... or maybe I just feel that way because I only get to eat it when i'm on vacation in Vegas

    2. Been waiting for this since I moved here. I've had to make a yearly pilgimage to Oxnard for my double/double with onions fix.

      1. It will be interesting if RR changes the zoning for a drive thru like gtown did for hat creek.I hear they are overated and we have 5 guys in RR already.

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        1. re: nytexan

          Lets face it , mostly a burger is a burger. I will say that for a fact In and Out burgers are not frozen, made to order and yes over hyped. Round Rock will do what ever it takes to make money.

          1. re: nytexan

            Mighty Fine is also already in RR.

              1. re: ericthered

                The point is, I ain't whistlin' Dixie just because yet another hamburger joint is coming to town. Relax and have a glass of Cool-Aid, dude.

            1. re: nytexan

              I'll say this... and I'm a California girl born and raised... In-n-Out burgers are delicious but I've never understood the hype... as a business they are great to their employees and pay way better than most customer service jobs let alone fast food... I think the best part about them is that yes, their fresh never frozen, hand cut to order fries, etc... but, you're not going to pay $20 for burgers and fries like you do at Mighty Fine... it's Mighty Fine quality on a McDonald's budget. Fine by me! ;)

            2. I noticed In-n-Out was listed on Austin google map a few months ago so I figured one was coming. I'm excited, I haven't eaten at one in 2 years now and miss it.

              1. still not official to they get the land rezoned but its not better than 5 guys which we lready have in RR,more excited about jack allen's kitchen and live oak mkt coming along with torchys tacos.

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                1. re: nytexan

                  This is all well and good, but here's the $1,000,000 question: When, oh when, will get a White Castle up in here? ;)

                  1. re: tdombrow

                    There is no White Castle in the South. Your best hope is Krystal which already failed spectacularly in Texas.

                    1. re: TheBadWolf

                      Ugh, I know... such a bummer. I grew up on Krystal and was ecstatic to find that there was one just north of San Antonio, and would stop by whenever I was in the area. Now it's kaput.

                      Maybe it's just wired into my DNA to love it, but I can't comprehend why it didn't last. It's some of the best late night/drunk food ever. Sigh.

                      1. re: popvulture

                        Doncha know, raised in Atlanta and we always had Kyrstal on the way home from the bars, was crushed when SA location closed....now I have my mom bring them on the plane when she visits, not half bad out of the microwave!!!!

                  2. re: nytexan

                    nytexan: Jack Allen's kitchen is coming to Round Rock?


                    Love the one southwest; it's just too out of the way to make it a regular haunt. Their slaw w/ their fish tacos is magnificent! Went there after holiday shopping for happy hour - delicious fish tacos with that slaw + a beer all came to $9 and change.

                    1. re: sweet100s

                      I am very very excited about this too!

                      1. re: sweet100s

                        sweet100s -- it's going in at the old Bennegins / Blue Oak Grill space behind Rudy's at exit 254. Perhaps the worst location in Round Rock, hopefully their food will make them successful, I have never tried there far south location, but reviews seem positive.

                        1. re: LakeLBJ

                          I hope they do well. They will certainly be closer to me than before. ;-) I've had some pretty damn fine chow at Jack A's south.

                          1. re: malarkey

                            First person who goes when they open, please start a new topic!

                    2. Thank God! Now I won't have to go to P. Terry's, Dan's, Fran's, Hat Creek, Hopdoddy, Hill-Bert's, Top Notch, Mighty Fine, Dirty's, Phil's, Hut's, Moonie's, Poodie's, Casino El Camino, Short Stop, Burger Tex, Your Mom's, The Frisco, Sandy's, Hill's, Wally's, Players, Cat Mountain, Wally's, Billy's, Hopfield, Five Guys, or Whataburger for lunch.

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                        1. re: brentwood

                          Ha! Good one, brentwood.
                          But you only have to go to Wally's once.

                            1. re: TroyTempest

                              So sad that this place remains open when Burgerhouse closed across the street...wouldn't have been nice to have both Torchys and BH? There really is no good burger (surprise, surprise) in the land of the bland.

                              1. re: amysuehere

                                "No good burger". In N/NW Austin you have Hopdoddy, Hat Creek, Five Guys, Flemings at the Domain, Roaring Fork, Mighty Fine.

                                This "land of the bland" stuff just isn't true and is tiresome to see all over this board.

                                1. re: TheBadWolf

                                  Just for clarity, i'd like to get a map with the land of the bland boundaries.

                                  1. re: TheBadWolf

                                    Back in the '90s, the Chicago Tribune surveyed 3,000 households over the course of a year to find out why people moved out of the city to the suburbs. One of the questions asked what they missed most about the city and the newspaper described answers to that question in an article entitled "Land of the Bland".

                                    Overwhelmingly, respondants missed their favorite restaurants.
                                    Some missed the number and variety of ethnic restaurants. Others focused on the caliber of Chicago's restaurants, bemoaning the lack of similar quality in their new towns. Many missed the convenience of living in an area where dozens of good restaurants were within easy walking distance.

                                    Not that amysuehere needs me to defend her, but that definition of "Land of the Bland" seems valid viewpoint for an area where the Cheddar's is packed and local or adventurous spots must be sought out and are likely struggling to find customers.

                            2. I last had In-N-Out 11 years ago in SF. Always remembered how good it was.

                              We were in Dallas last weekend and happened to stop into an In-N-Out, and boy, it did not live up to my memories. Nasty fries, worse milkshakes and a ho-hum burger. After having all the great burgers in Austin (P. Terry's especially), there's no need to drive to RR to get this.

                              I wouldn't cross the street to get In-N-Out again.

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                              1. re: knightro98

                                I think they're tasty but I wouldn't drive out of my way for one. It will be a great option if I'm shopping in the area though.

                              2. It's official according to KXAN. Round Rock has approved the re-zoning to allow In and Out to proceed.

                                1. Lastest news is December 2013 opening. Just in time to grab a burger and then walk over to the RR Outlet Mall to do your Christmas shopping. Here is the newspaper blurb:

                                  Construction on the In-N-Out Burger location in Round Rock is underway.
                                  Carl Van Fleet, In-N-Out Burger vice president of planning and development, confirmed July 23 that construction had begun at the 4251 N. I-35 location in North Round Rock.
                                  “While we still have a lot of work to do, we hope to be ready to open by early December,” Van Fleet said.
                                  In August 2012, In-N-Out announced the Round Rock location as the site for the first In-N-Out franchise in Central Texas. The company has since announced its intention to open additional franchise locations in Austin and Cedar Park.

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                                  1. re: redhatcharm

                                    I'm in no rush anymore. Love the new Mopac P. Terry. Great fast food burger and excellent service.

                                    1. re: Rptrane

                                      I've not tried In 'n Out but from what I've read and heard, it does sound a lot like P. Terry. It would be good to know if anyone has tried both and how they compare.

                                      1. re: Rene

                                        They are similar, as P. Terry's is based on In-N-Out. In-N-Out has much better buns and a more flavorful beef burger, in my opinion, but they don't have the chicken or veggie burger options that P. Terry's has (and which I really like). The fries are very similar; both fresh-cut and cooked less crispy than soft and potato-y, but In-N-Out's are a bit lighter and airier in texture.

                                    2. re: redhatcharm

                                      Construction on the Airport Blvd/I-35 I&O stared pretty much that same week. Right now it's just civil work (drainage/grading) but they finally put an official sign up "In & Out Coming Soon". I still think it's an odd intersection - single family homes right across the street and sandwiched between I-35 SB feeder (one way) and a decrepit commercial street. Judging by the drainage work, there will not be entrance on Airport Blvd.


                                    3. will be opening dec 2013