I can’t think of any establishment anywhere, with “fans” as loyal as In N Out’s. Sure, people have their fast food preferences; places like Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle get some pretty high praise. But when was the last time you heard about someone skipping their son’s graduation to make the opening of a McDonald’s? How about bursting into tears over being able to order a whopper at their convenience?
“Cult” brings too many negative connotations for these seemingly harmless followers. I think of these In-N-Out fanatics as a pseudo fast-food religious group. Well I’ve got some free time on Sundays; let’s see if I’m ready to join.
I decided to go with the classic cheeseburger done in the ever so popular Animal style. For the ass who is planning to ask, “Why not super-secret menu 4×4 animal style with a chocolate shake, animal fries, and a side of diabetes Rod?!” Because I wasn’t even that hungry when I ordered and was planning to eat again this month.
My initial lack of appetite turned into ravenous hunger during the 5 minute
ride homeIn-N-Out hot boxing session. As soon as the bag entered my car, I could smell the mustard grilled beef patty melting with the cheese, grilled onions, and spread. I have mixed feelings about the smell having dissipated since.
The sum of the burger’s parts are better than any of them individually; it’s the epitome of balance in a fast food burger. However, I’m still going to break it down into some key components for wandering minds.
In-N-Out uses fresh never-frozen-beef, I appreciate the commitment to quality, but can’t say I could really tell. What I could tell is that the classic fast food style griddled patty was flavorful enough so that even the single 2 ounce patty made its presence known among the extra accoutrements.
American cheese is the only fitting for this type of burger, and these slices are a notch above your typical kraft single. They’re the perfect gloo (I’m coining that, goo+glue) for melting the sweet grilled onions to the toasted bun.
The whole mayo/relish/mustard/ketchup debate can be laid to rest with one simple condiment – Spread. Think thousand island or fancy sauce…but better. .
The toasted bun is great, and all of the veggies are fresh, but the last truly key component to the animal style formula is the grilled onions. The onions have been caramelized so much that they’re damn near candy. It’s the perfect sweet accent to the savory burger.
I paid $2.32 for all of this gloriousness, a few extra packets of spread, and the most bad-ass paper hat known to the food industry.
As for joining the In-N-Out kingdom, I’m not quite ready to baptize myself in spread just yet. I’ve got too many burgers to try before giving my soul to just one. That said, I no longer think these people are quite so crazy. If an In-N-Out opened in my hometown, and I knew how to cry – I would.