I do not understand the In-and-Out Burger hype. Go ahead, boo and throw soggy french fries at me, I expect it, but just hear me out.
Two new In-and Out Burgers have opened in my area, with a third on the way. People are going crazy, and apparently some people even lined up the night before to sleep in the cold! I do not understand this, why would people line up overnight for soggy french fries and good, but not great hamburgers?
My complaints about In-and-Out's food sort of ends there. I do not mind their burgers or shakes. While I would eat them and be just fine with it, I would not go out of my way or wait in line to get them. Good, but not great is my opinion.
I have heard many excuses for why people like in-and-out. My least favorite, "It's fresh!". Okay people, fresh does not equal good. Poop is often referred to as fresh, would you eat that? Its like the people who think all organic food is healthy (like organic potatoes chips or cookies). Yes In-and-Out uses real fresh potatoes, fresh, not frozen beef, and real ice cream in their shakes, but what they do with them does not make it taste good. To me, food is something to enjoy, especially when going out to eat. Utah has some awesome burger places, Burger Supreme, Crown Burger, Regal Burger, JCW's, Iceburg, Coney's.... Do they use fresh ingredients? I honestly don't know, but their burgers and fries are delicious. If I want "fresh" food that actually tastes good, I just make it at home!
I have actually heard two valid excuses of why someone my like In-and Out. Someone told me they liked In-and-Out because was not something readily available, and because of this it was fun and exciting. I totally get this. I love Jack-In-the-Box! We do not have any in Northern Utah. Anytime we are anywhere near a Jack-in-the-box I make my husband stop. Why? Their food isn't any better than Burger King or Carl's Jr. Just the fact that I cannot have it when I want it makes it amazing. Plus the idea that you can order breakfast all day makes me happy. Do I ever order breakfast there? No, but the fact that I can if I want to makes me happy. Plus their ciabatta burgers are the best, and their commercials are pretty dang funny.
Second valid excuse, my friend told me "In-and-Out reminds me of home. It is like your mom's cooking, it might not taste great, but it taste like home". I guess my favorite part about that is the part where she says, "it might not taste great..." But a valid excuse nonetheless.
A plea to all In-and-Out lovers. Come to my house. I will feed you fresh burgers and fries. Believe me, you will not be disappointed and it will be better then anything you can get there.
I know a lot of people my not agree to anything I say here, and you might actually hate me now. Just wait until blog about my hatred for all things Cafe Rio.