The time I fell in love – one In-N-Out fan’s story

I will never forget the time I fell in love…I was a freshman at UCLA. A family friend invited me to stay the weekend with her family in Orange County, CA. Lots of buildings, fast cars and hot guys caught my eye on our two-hour journey to her home in L.A. traffic.  But nothing stopped me in my tracks like the brightly lit box just off the freeway draped with the letters IN-N-OUT. “What is that?” I asked. With excitement, Ms. Anderson responded, “that’s In-N-Out. You have got to try In-N-Out.”

I have always been a burger fan, from the hole-in-the wall joints to the gourmet shops. Even when I “gave up” eating red meat, I made an exception that I could have one burger a month. This In-N-Out had to be conquered.

My first experience with In-N-Out was anti-climatic. I asked a class mate to drive me to the closest store which was an hour away from campus back then. I ordered a cheeseburger and fries. It was okay. I called Ms. Anderson to update her on my progress at school and to let her know that I tried the cheeseburger and fries at In-N-Out and thought it was okay. Immediately diagnosing my problem, she told me to go back and order a Double-Double. A non-believer, I waited a good while before making the journey back to try the burger. When I finally did, the heavens opened. I was in love.  That was in 1987.

Fast forward 20 plus years and the love affair continues. We have weathered the distance only meeting when I travel west.  But soon, my burger-love and I will be reunited here in Dallas.

There is something that is addicting about this burger. It may be the spread they slather on the slightly toasted bun, the dripping cheese, the service with a smile…I am not sure. But it is an addiction. Have I had better burgers? You betcha. But for the money, IN-N-OUT has the competition beat. Unlike other fast food burger joints, this place only sells burgers, fries, shakes and soft drinks. That’s it. There are no gimmicks, no salads, breakfast burritos or chicken nuggets–just burgers, fries and drinks. I believe the limited menu helps the company to maintain the integrity of the food.

My favorite burger is off the not-so-secret menu found on www.in-n-out.com. The Double-Double “animal style” is a mustard-cooked patty topped with a blend of pickles, secret sauce and grilled onions diced and mixed together. When you join the “cult”, you will find your own favorite. I am not a fan of their fresh cut fries, though. They are too dry for my taste. I choose to spend my calories in other ways.

Ebby Halliday Realtors is proud to be the agency of choice to relocate company employees to the Dallas area. The first stores in the Dallas area will be in Frisco on Preston across the street from Sam Moons, in Allen on Stacy Rd. across street from the Macy’s in the Allen Mall,  in Garland on Town Center Blvd, near the Firewheel Mall, on LBJ near Coit Rd in Dallas and on 75 Fwy just south of Caruth Haven Ln. in Dallas.

It’s good, It’s fast and It’s cheap – a trifecta indeed. I am seriously thinking of camping out for the grand of one of the locations. It would be fun to have company. Let me know if you are in.

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