Erin Eats at In-N-Out Burger. Finally!

June 22, 2011 · 23 comments · Print This Post

in Resturants, San Francisco

In the spirit of “it didn’t happen unless there are pictures” I present to you my very first In-N-Out meal. Does this mean I’ve officially been inducted into West Coast life?

I didn’t go wild and order anything custom this time so my burger was just a straight-up menu item, although I did add pickles and onions and asked them to leave off the lettuce. I hate lettuce on hamburgers. Actually, I pretty much just hate iceberg lettuce all the time but that’s a story for another day.

Now I’ve heard people rave about In-N-Out for years. My usual response was to roll my eyes with intense skepticism while wondering incredulously if they had lost their taste buds in a freak pizza burn incident. How could a fast food burger actually be THAT good?

Well I’ve changed my tune. They truly are scrumptious! Super soft bun, fresh tomato, crunchy onions, and a yummy sauce all combined to make me utter a chorus of “mmm” and “I love this!” the entire time I was eating. And don’t even get me started on the french fries as they are truly hand-cut happiness.

Now back to those “secret” menu items — what do you guys recommend? Is Animal Style going to rock my world? Should I ask for the onion grilled? Well done fries? Do tell!

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah June 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

I am so jealous! I’ve only been in DC for about two weeks but I already miss In-N-Out so much! I probably at there four times in the last week I lived in CA! Definitely go for the grilled onion…a must! And if you haven’t had one yet, get a shake. Totally worth the calories! Enjoy!


2 Lindsey June 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

Glad to see you’re acclimating to SF! While I do love me an in-n-out burger, I think their fries are a waste of time. Maybe because 5 guys fries are better (at least in my opinion)?


3 Hänni June 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

I know I’m gonna get some hate for this, but Lindsey I’m with you on the fries. And also? I think Five Guys burgers are superior too. There I said it. *gulp*


4 Hänni June 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

To note: I don’t eat burger buns, so my opinion is based solely on the flavor of the meat and toppings.


5 Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy June 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

Definitely go Animal style! Also, you might like to try an Animal – Protein style with the diet you’re doing 🙂 Protein = lettuce, no bun.


6 Erin June 22, 2011 at 9:47 am

Oh yeah…I’m supposed to be on a diet. Oopsie!


7 Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy June 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

er, take that back – remembered iceberg lettuce comments. 🙂


8 Julia Barrett June 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

You suck! That looks so good!!!! I used to love in and out when I lived in California….that is….until I noticed the bible verses on the bottom of their cups!!!!! My athiest-ness was so offended.


9 Frau Haselmayer | August 7, 2011 at 7:17 am

Wow, I had no idea! First time I heard about this…


10 Julie June 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

You MUST try animal style!!!!!!!!!! it is divine! You can also ask for chopped chilies which is also heavenly if you like a little kick.
You can also get your fries animal style which they come covered in grilled onions, cheese and the sauce. With the sauce it’s a bit too much so I just ask for the sauce on the side and dip away. Fries with cheese and grilled onions…..YUM.


11 Kathy - Panini Happy June 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

Congrats! Yes, you are now officially a West Coaster. 🙂


12 meg June 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

it kind of is a rite of passage – you can’t really consider yourself a full blown california girl until you’ve had these ridiculously awesome fast food burgers. welcome to the club 🙂


13 Erin @ The Speckled Palate June 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I am so jealous that you got to eat at In-N-Out Burger! I’ve heard wonderful things… and I look forward to the day when I can try it.

What was your favorite thing? And what do you plan on getting when you go back?


14 Jess Mann June 23, 2011 at 7:01 am

The one time I ate at InNOut I was still a vegetarian so my seasoned cali companions told me to get a grilled cheese “animal style”. This is when they essential smother one of those buns with cheese, sauce, grilled onions and more cheese.
I ended up getting violently ill about an hour after consumption. Somewhere amidst the gastrointestinal pyrotechnics I recalled the bible verses on the bottoms of the cups and wondered if I was being punished for tittering at them while in line.
So I would enjoy the animal style trimmings with a shade of caution.
Of course, the InNOut I ate at was in the valley, so there’s no telling what else could have happened to that sandwich.
You should be fine if you keep to the city proper.
p.s. I love your west coast posts. They make me feel a little less california-sick.


15 Kelly June 23, 2011 at 8:57 am

Mmmm. I adore in and out. Everytime I am in the west coast it always gets a visit although I have to say, now living in Chicago I’m familiar with five guys and although they don’t have the same yummy sauce, they are up there too. 🙂


16 Erin June 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

This is the post I’ve been waiting for!!! ;]

You should try lemon-pepper fries. Regular fries with a few squeezes of lemon juice from the lemons at the drink bar and pepper from the packets. Kinda sketchy but SO yummy!

Also good is getting your burger “mustard fried”. They put mustard on the patty while it’s cooking so it’s fried in, and then add pickles to the burger as well.

You can also order a root beer float if you want to try the shake without having a whole one, they’ll also split the shakes into 2 cups if you ask for it “cut in half”.

Can’t wait to hear more! Hope you’re having fun out “here”. ;]



17 Allen June 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

Oh, Erin — I’m so jealous, envious, and downright hungry! I miss those burgers so much … burgers north of the border and just NOT the same thing.

I once ordered the 4×4 just to see what it was like (i.e. 4 patties, 4 slices cheese) — yikes, it was a heart attack waiting to happen. Too much of a good thing. Animal style is good but I usually stick with a cheeseburger and grilled onions.

Did you happen to notice the hidden religious notations on your burger wrapper, fry box, and drink cup? I didn’t notice until one of my later visits – you’ll find things like Psalm: 3:16 printed in small random places on the products. Not sure why they hide it – but it’s an interesting In-N-Out piece of trivia 😉


18 Millie June 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

I don’t think you’re an official Californian until you grow tired of In and Out =) When I do make the trip (usually when out of state friends are visiting), I go for animal style–it’s the only way to go.

BTW, were you in San Jose? Believe it or not, I was sitting at a stop light right in front of this exact in and out just a few days ago, wondering what the “SKW Group” on the sign meant.


19 Mandie June 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Double Double with grilled onions. AND a neapolitan shake. mmmmm


20 Frau Haselmayer | August 7, 2011 at 7:19 am

I miss IN-N-OUT Burger soooo much!


21 Lora Anne October 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

InNOut is a must for every Vegas trip. You gotta try the grilled onions on it. And I get my fries well done…I want to make sure I don’t have any limp fries. Yum Yum.


22 foodie @ October 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm

In-n-Out… double double animal style… can never go wrong with that… still the best burger for the price out there


23 Brie November 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Animal Style French Fries will change your life.


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