For me, the best burger for the price has got to be In-N-Out. Only available in California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada, the thing that sets In-N-Out apart from the countless other fast food joints is their commitment to freshness. Nothing is pre-made, pre-cut (well, the tomatoes and lettuce I suppose) or frozen. The final product reaps the rewards of such dedication to quality. Sure, there are better burgers out there; but not at this price. It has been a full year since my last In-N-Out burger. In the meantime, I have yearned. The In-N-Out b"urge"r is something that is almost unbearable. So much so, I briefly considered making the 6-hour trek from Portland (back in August) to Redding for a taste.
I had originally planned to meet up with Greyelf for some XLB action after I arrived at SFO. But due to a flight delay and the usual other things we must do at the airport, I had to skip it. No matter, the backup plan was to tag along with Kim to the Wharf for that In-N-Out "urge". After arriving at our hotel on the corner of Geary & Jones, we hiked it a good 3 kms. Hey, it was a nice day and honestly, why not burn off some calories? This was only the beginning of 4 days of eating.
Kim and I ended up sharing 2 burgers and an order of fries. Starting with the basic in the Hamburger. It's nothing that will "wow" you; yet that is not the point of it all. The patty isn't exactly moist either. However, the freshness of the components make for a solid burger at a really low price. Of course a visit to In-N-Out is not complete without getting something "Animal Style". Thus, Kim got the Double-Double Animal Style. For those who have no clue what this is, it's the addition of pickles, extra spread, grilled onions, and mustard fried onto each meat patty. Yummy? Yes! Extra charge? Nope... See what I mean? In-N-Out is a good deal. The extra moisture and messiness from the additional ingredients help make the burger even better. As for the fries, they're pretty good - crisp, not too oily and starchy. Pretty fresh eats for prices that are better than McD's. That is what sets In-N-Out apart from all the rest. Too bad I don't live close to one. I guess it's all for the better. I don't want a whole new wardrobe that reads "XL".
- Fresh everything
- No charge Animal Style
- Good, but not outstanding (a bit too much hype sometimes)
- Locations only limited to California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada