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In-n-Out: Overrated.

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by wicked, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Had my first this morning. Good, but Five Guys is far better: better burgers, better fries.

    This isn't a popular POV, I'm sure, but whatever.
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    East coast bias. :)
  3. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    I'm with you. Granted, I've nly been to one In-'N'-Out, in Petaluma, CA, but I did wonder what all the fuss was about.
  4. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    I'm sure if you run a search of my posts, you'll see that I've said this on at least 3 threads over the years.

    In-n-out is THE most overrated thing in California, by far.
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Five Guys might have better fries. Better burger than In N Out? NFW. In N Out is considerably cheaper than Five Guys as well.
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Bay Area just started getting In-N-Out in the last 10 years or so. When the first one opened there would be two-hour lines. I couldn't fathom what the fuss was over once I had one -- I think it's just Californian pride about something that's theirs.

    It's better than the other fast-food places, but nothing worth going out of your way for.
  7. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    It's the allure of what you can't have. My cousin, who lived in Vegas for a couple of years, tells me there's a bar there that'll give you a $100 bar tab for every case of Yuengling you deliver them. They turn around and sell them for $10 a can. In Pennsylvania, they use Yuengling to wash the dog. On the Strip, it's 24-karat.

    There was a time Coors had that appeal on the East Coast, because you couldn't get the stuff but you'd hear that it was seriously awesome stuff. Then we got it and ... howaboutno.jpg.

    I would like to get a double-double animal style with well done animal style fries and a neopolitan shake, just to say I did. But I doubt it'll live up to the hype. I'm not sure it's possible.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Expectations can also be too high. I grew up with In N Out Burgers all around me and probably ate there once a week. I knew it was a "California chain" but then you go out of state for college and it's not there, so you can't wait to go when you go home for Christmas.

    I haven't eaten there in probably five years. I've been to California once during that time, but the only time we tried to go, there was an insane line and we were running late.
  9. Orange Hat Bobcat

    Orange Hat Bobcat Active Member

    Yes, MMII. You always want what you cannot have.

    I live in Cleveland, but am in Phoenix for Spring Training. I've made two trips to the closest In N Out, about 10 miles from where I'm staying. The hamburgers are excellent (and the buns are the best I've ever had), but the shakes are only good and the fries leave much to be desired. Does that change my opinion of the chain? Absolutely not. A good burger in a clean restaurant with friendly service and smiles isn't always easy to find.

    Burgers: In N Out > Five Guys
    Fries: In N Out < Five Guys
    Shakes: Saywell's, Hudson, Ohio, 1909-2005
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    There are certain chains that you just have to hit when you're in that region.

    If I'm in the south and there is a Publix around, I'm going in and getting a sub. Zaxby's and Checkers are other southern chains that are great that I can't get where I live now.
  11. Orange Hat Bobcat

    Orange Hat Bobcat Active Member

    You can keep Zaxby's. We got one when I still lived in North Carolina and ate there plenty as a staff and, at times, as a newsroom. And I never saw the allure. The chicken was good, but not that good.

    In fact, you can keep most chains. But a few are good.
  12. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    In N Out is considerably cheaper than Five Guys?

    Why do people act like Five Guys is all that expensive? It's really not. You can get a burger, fries and a drink for $9. I'd say anything "considerably cheaper" would be getting all that for $5 or $6. And if you can, fair enough. But I doubt it. And if it is, I feel like I should question the quality of the food.
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