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Dec 5, 2013 08:00 AM

In N Out Burger

Anybody been?

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  1. not yet-- didn't wanna wait in crazy lines.

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    1. re: dinaofdoom

      Me neither, though an acquaintance went right at lunchtime today and said the whole process took about 20 minutes, which doesn't seem too bad.

      1. re: hlk

        That's pretty good considering it takes 15-18 minutes when they're not crowded. I have never gotten "fast food" at any I&O in California.


        1. re: sqwertz

          I think that we've covered this before, but I always liked to reserve the place for California trips. Kinda made it special. I imagine that I'll still go here, however. But they don't have the McGangBang on their secret menu, so that presents a quandary.

    2. Still no definitive opening date for the Airport location (or at least none that I can find), but I just got a Facebook ad that said "less than a week." Eater said "early December" as well, so... soon.

      I happened to drive by yesterday and it looks ready to go. Boy, those are gonna be some hellish lines...

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      1. re: popvulture

        I travel through that intersection 4-5 times a week and they better have good traffic control. When I lived in CA I always seemed to be stuck outside in traffic on days that a new I&O was opening up in the Bay Area,

      2. I went last night. I lived in Cali for a bit so it's not unknown to me. It's just a burger, better than normal fast food burger, but a burger none the less. For people who don't go to Mighty Fine or P. Terry's it might be some kind of revelation. But honestly those places execute everything better than In and Out do. Better fries, more substantial patties, etc.

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        1. re: Rptrane

          I agree partly... P. Terry's basically operates on the InO model, only with better ingredients.

          I love a Double Double animal style though, and I think their fries are best ordered well done (the fact that they'll fulfill that request is pretty unique). Plus you can get the fries animal style as well...

          I'll be going, but I'm definitely not in any hurry – I'll wait til a little of the mania has subsided.

          1. re: popvulture

            I don't think P. Terry's necessarily has better ingredients. They have a nice variety of patties available with the veggie and chicken options, but their buns are just horrid and their beef burger is almost flavorless to me.

          2. re: Rptrane

            I&O fries are the worst of any fast food place. Even if you order them well done (which is what people suggest when I mention they suck). That, the limited menu, and the lack of a bacon (Hello! - Earth to Burger Joint!!) or alternate cheese is reason enough for me to avoid the place.


            1. re: sqwertz

              In-n-Out has been extremely successful by following a strategy of disciplined expansion (in both locations and menu) throughout its history. Why should they add bacon? Perhaps they know what they are doing.

              Here's a quote from the son of the founders with a link to the article from which it was taken:

              "His resolution to maintain the simple menu devised by his parents was equally strong, which he made clear to Forbes in 1989, saying “it’s hard enough to sell burgers, fries and drinks right. And when you start adding things, it gets worse”. A lemon-lime soda would be the only exception during his tenure as president."


                1. re: girloftheworld

                  The grilled cheese is on a hamburger bun. There are no additional ingredients needed. It is a cheeseburger without meat.

          3. funny how grumpy/ecstatic people get about in n out. it's just a fast food joint, folks.

            i recently had a pretty darn good burger at the trailer outside the gibson. and they had the crunchiest crinkle cut fries maybe i've ever had.

            perhaps i'll try the io for next month's burger.

            in the meantime, let's all go eat some greens or cook something at home while it's not too hot to turn on the oven.

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            1. re: ieathereforeiam

              That place, which has been on tv a bunch, has the best chicken sandwich in town. Really good.

              1. re: Rptrane

                Hmm., uh. I say, Down With Hamburgers! Eat Rib Roast instead at half the price per pound!

              2. re: ieathereforeiam

                It is a great time to turn on the oven........

                1. re: rudeboy

                  You betcha! I don't understand the yuppie burger fad. Why would people wait 2 hours for a burger?

                  In & Out Airport Blvd will open for mass consumption Thursday at 10:AM


                  1. re: sqwertz

                    I can understand waiting a little bit... like at say, practically every I&O in California where you have to maybe wait 15 minutes. An hour for Shake Shack? No way.

                    Also, every time I pass by Hopdoddy on a weekend, I am astounded that people are willing to wrap a line around the building for those burgers. At least Shake Shack's are sort of worth it.

                    1. re: popvulture

                      WORD !! Hopdoddy's transparent marketing technique to not allow the line to form inside (forcing a visibly apparent line to be noticed by passersby) irks me. At least this was the way it was on my one and only visit to the Anderson location. I mean, it's not a bad burger, but the hype is just... that.

                      1. re: slowcoooked

                        Exactly! Personally, I think for the price, Cover 3 has a much better burger (and their fries rock) with no waiting and it's walking distance from Hopdoddy.

                        1. re: amysuehere

                          ditto X 2. I struggle every time between the cheeseburger, rueben, and calamari salad. Not so many pork pie hats in there either.

                          1. re: amysuehere

                            I prefer Hopdoddy's burger over Cover 3's burger. If there's a wait (which is always), I'll spend about 10-15 min waiting on a bar spot. I won't wait in the long line whether it's inside or out. Hopdoddy's no 'to-go' orders bugs me though.

                            1. re: chispa_c

                              I must admit, I eat a burger every two to three months. I'm with Sqwertz' recent post, there are more fun beef options. I don't hate Hopdoddy, but I'll go back to Bartlett's (1) or Cover 3 (2) for the burgers every time in my hood. Actually, if red meat on Anderson Lane is needed, I will go for the french dip at Bartlett's every friggin' time. Geeeeesh that's good. Extra horseradish on the side, fo sho.

                              1. re: slowcoooked

                                100% agree. I like the occasional longhorn special from top notch too.

                      2. re: sqwertz

                        I don't understand the Austin BBQ mania. Why would people wait well over 2 hours for BBQ that may run out before you can get in the door?

                        Plenty of great BBQ in town that is great and has no wait.

                        1. re: chispa_c

                          I recently had some excellent cue from Ruby' backs and brisket, with no wait. Good sides. But Franklin has his game on right now, so we should support him.. Hell of a nice guy and he puts out consistent brisket that is awesome.

                          But as I always say, "God did most of the work"....and I'm not a religious person.

                          1. re: rudeboy

                            La BBQ has a much more reasonable rate and the bbq is damn good.

                  2. Are the Airport & the RR locations they only ones in AUS?

                    I'll go eventually but I'm waiting for the newness to subside... But I agree with another poster here: if you've eaten at P Terry's and Mighty Fine, you've eaten In-n-Out style.