When I arrived in LA, cousins Ann and Steven asked me "Is there anything in particular you'd like to have while you're here?" My first and only response was: "In 'N Out Burger."
There are many reasons why I love In N' Out. Let me count the ways:
1. Best Fast Food Burgers in the land: In my opinion, In N' Out has the best fast food burgers in the country. Unfortunately, they only have restaurants in California, Nevada, and Arizona, so I have to get my fix whenever I'm out in those parts. (And last time I was in Vegas we had so much eating to do, we never made it to In N' Out - a tragedy!)
2. Celebrity Sightings: A very special thing happened during one of our visits to an In N' Out in LA in 2003: We saw DENNIS QUAID! (The funny part of that story is that when I saw him, I couldn't think of his name, so I said to Xani, "It's the guy from Inner Space!" Of course I can only think of a movie that's 20 years old!)
3. Secret Lingo: Yet another interesting thing about In N' Out that I love is that there is a whole SECRET CODE for ordering. Well, I guess it's not so secret since there are websites about it, but there are items on the menu that are not listed anywhere, you just have to know about them. Like a secret burger-ordering society. And I'm a member.
4. Secret Bible Passages: Okay, I don't love this about In N' Out - in fact, I think it's kinda weird - but still, interesting that they hide Bible passages on the bottom of your cup. Praise the Lord! Soda!
Anyway, back to the eating. One evening after we got home from laying around on the beach, we decided that would be the night for In N' Out. So, we did our research at the site linked above, and headed out.
We got to In N' Out armed with our lingo. I ordered my burger "Animal Style," meaning a "mustard-cooked beef patty, additional pickles, extra secret sauce with grilled onions." Ann and Steven got burgers too, but Ann got her fries "well done," meaning they were crispier and more browned than the regular fries. Ann also got the Neopolitan Shake, with the chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry actually kind of separated out - very impressive.
The burgers were, as usual, FANTASTIC. Just totally yummy - the onions and special sauce really made the burger. Ann's "well done" fries were much better than the regular fries Steven and I got. From here on out, I will order my In N' Out fries "well done." Also, the neopolitan shake was really good! I don't even like strawberry ice cream but it totally worked in shake form with its vanilla and chocolate brethren.
It was an awesome trip to In N' Out, and I'm so glad we got to go! I'm told that next time I'm in California, I'll have to go to Fatburger, the rival California fast-food burger joint. Bring it on!