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You know how sometimes food is delicious not just because it tastes good, but because it symbolizes something special?  For me, In-N-Out is like that.  First of all, I don’t eat fast food very often, so to eat at a fast food chain is a rare and special occasion.  Second, I only associate In-N-Out with road trips, since the closest one is about 8 miles north on the freeway, and who doesn’t love road trips?  Third, there is the feeling of being “in the know” at In-N-Out.  Their bare-bones menu belies the secret code to getting what you want.  Sure, the menu might read “cheeseburger,” (boring!) but what you should order is a double-double-animal-style.  What does that mean?  It’s a double cheeseburger (double cheese, double burger) with grilled onions and their special “animal style” sauce.  Which I think is something like thousand island dressing, much like McD’s Big Mac “special sauce.”  I imagine that knowing the secret code was much cooler pre-internet, since In-N-Out actually posts a glossary of not-so-secret terms on their website.

The one thing that’s not stellar about In-N-Out?  Their fries.  You won’t hear me say this too often, but they’re not greasy enough, and they taste like cardboard. But maybe if you dip them into a thick shake, they’ll taste better?

The neon lights beckoned us from the freeway...

The neon lights beckoned to us from the freeway...

A tidy ship of In-N-Out workers, right as a busload of people entered the restaurant.

The hardworking crew of In-N-Out workers, right as a busload of people entered the restaurant.

cheeseburger animal style, fries, root beer. Yum.

My meal: cheeseburger animal style, fries, root beer. Yum.

I can haz cheezburger?

I can haz cheezburger?

Neopolitan shake

Neopolitan shake

A double-double is no joke

Close up of a double-double animal style

Hard at work, putting away that double double

A double-double is no joke -- it's massive!

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

3 thoughts on “Yum-N-Yum

  1. You can order the fries animal-style (which does include the cheese), which always makes me happy. Somehow my car knows the way to In-N-Out…those milkshakes are awesome.

  2. Good to know! A cheeseburger + animal style fries + milkshake = a truly lactaid-worthy meal!

  3. I will forever and ever, amen, associate the delicious Burger Joint on Valencia with good old drunken lesbian times. When hunger strikes at the Lex and/or ditching the Dyke March because you are ZOMG suddenly so hungry after drinking liter after liter of slushy daiquiri “water” from labeled bottles.

    Basically, I get it. The fast-food burger love.

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