FIRST BITE BACKSTORY
Going on and on about In-N-Out is nothing new around here. I gush about the soft bun that cradles grilled onions, gooey cheese, crisp lettuce and juicy meat patties whenever I get the chance. So when I heard Jeff Houck, Food Editor of The Tampa Tribune, and I would be in Las Vegas at the same time for BlogWorld–TECHmunch, I knew it was my duty to play matchmaker and arrange for his very first Double-Double. Albeit a more sober and cheesy version, Jeff may have had a Double Rainbow moment with his first Double-Double at In-N-Out, Las Vegas. Watch Double-Double Rainbow to see for yourself…
For the many culinary adventures Jeff writes about in The Tampa Tribune, his column and on Twitter, it’s nothing short of a miracle that he hadn’t experienced In-N-Out yet. Jeff’s Special Report Series Underbelly Tours investigates the back-road diners and dives from around the world, all hidden within the Tampa culinary canopy. Jeff has seen and eaten things most of us never have or will, so the absence of In-N-Out in his epicurean diary was a crying shame.
THE SECRET IS OUT
Surely Jeff had read all about the gooey, cheesy dripping food porn that abounds at In-N-Out. He may have even heard about the In-N-Out Secret Menu featuring Animal Style burgers and fries.
But Jeff had never seen the bustling burger joint in person. He had never feasted his own two eyes on a glistening mass of Animal Fries, or taken a bite of a Double-Double and tasted the fast-food-burger pride of the West Coast for himself!
But we fixed all that one typically hot and sunny day in Vegas… at one typically busy In-N-Out.
Like all things in Vegas, even the In-N-Out is magical. Rumored to be the busiest location in the country, Jeff describes it as “burger zen.” And it’s easy to see why: A super small menu, a smooth running –dare I say well-oiled– operation, and burgers and fries that put a smile on your face. In a town that serves up $5,000 burgers, you might not be surprised to find out it’s also the locals’ favorite.
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Photos #2 #4 #5 credit Jeff Houck.
Barbara Bakes says
Such a fun post. Guess I’d better try the animal fries next time.
Average Betty says
Thank you, Barbara! No kidding, if Jeff’s Animal Fry review doesn’t convince you – nothing will :)
Jeff Houck says
Because of you, Betty, I now look at every plate of food I eat and think, “This would be so much better if it was served ‘animal style.'”
Thanks for being gentle in plucking my In-N-Out innocence.
We’ll always have Vegas.
Average Betty says
Haha! That’s quite the compliment coming from an animal like you, Jeff :) I kid, I kid. It was my honor to treat you to your first In-N-Out. And I’m so incredibly thrilled you dig the video. YES! We’ll always have Vegas.
The diaper needs changing lol! Fun video Betty. The burgers and fries look divine, I need to find one of these in and outs.
[email protected] says
I can’t believe how many fries and yummy burgers are on the video. Burguer Zen mmmm special after yoga haha :)
Excellent video and post Sara!
Cajun Chef Ryan says
OMG, I thought it was going to be a quadruple rainbow!
I have to say I’ve never been to the local In-N-Out Burger place near here, but that last photo of the Burger Zen, just about pushed me over to fly out of here right now and make the 20 minute drive to get me one ASAP!
Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie says
When you move to the West – you just aren’t part of the scene until you’ve been to In-N-Out. They’re not nearly as ubiquitious as Starbucks but my husband and I are lucky enough to have one just five minutes from our home.
I get the Double-Double Protein Style. Which means instead of a bun it’s wrapped in big, iceberg lettuce leaves. So it becomes low carb. Those fries looked dang good. I’ve never had ’em that way. What Betty didn’t say is when you go to an In-N-Out burger you can see ’em cutting the fries from big ol’ potatoes with a tool that looks like it’s from the early 1900s. The fries are fresh not frozen. Same with the beef.
If I hadn’t already had lunch I’d grab my car keys and drive over their right now.