I know, I could’ve also entitled this post “In-N-Out: the best burgers ever”, or “In-N-Out: burgers I’d cross the Atlantic for”, but you would’ve have been so intrigued, now would you? But okay, I’ll be gentle and start off with an introduction on how Sylvie and I discovered In-N-Out Burger on our trip to Los Angeles.
“You’ll want to have In-N-Out Burger more than once!”
We actually spent the biggest part of our first day not in LA but in… Laguna. That’s because we met a guy on our flight who was from Laguna and who had a son, Matt, who was willing to show us around.
At a certain moment that day Matt asked us if we knew about In-N-Out Burger. I’d read some discussions online between fans of In-N-Out and fans of another burger chain (I honestly can’t remember the name), but I’d never been to one of their ‘restaurants’ before. According to Matt, In-N-Out had the best burgers ever and he told us to get some as soon as possible because he was sure that once we’d tasted them, we would want to have more before we went back home.
And he was right.
Best. Burgers. Ever.
First you must know that I’m not that into fast food. I can enjoy it from time to time but at home I almost never go to places like McDonalds.
Luckily for me, they don’t have In-N-Out Burger in Belgium.
What a completely different burger experience than at any other burger chain I’ve been to before. Okay, In-N-Out is no haute cuisine. There are also places that make delicious, ‘special’ burgers with carrots and zucchini and who knows what else, but that’s not why we went to In-N-Out. We went for a fast food experience that would blow us out of our socks. And it did.
Unlike McDonals or Quick (very known in Europe), In-N-Out doesn’t offer a dozen different burgers with twelve kinds of sauces and fifteen types of meat. No. You can choose between three menus: a basic burger with fries and a drink, a cheese burger with fries and a drink or a double burger with fries and a drink. My friend Sylvie and I both had a classic burger with fries and a drink and that for only $4,95!
Update: I learned that there’s a secret menu at In-N-Out Burger, which means there’s a lot more you can choose from.
The burgers are served in a little paper that says how all the ingredients are really fresh, without preservatives and additives and well, they tastes like that as well. Tomatoes that actually taste like tomatoes, fries that still taste like potatoes and a bun that doesn’t taste like carton… Yummie!
“Hey, what about the constipation part?”
Well, we’d already been in LA for several days when we finally made it to an In-N-Out and you know, when on holiday your body has to adjust a bit to its new surroundings. My inside had a little problem doing so and by the time we got to In-N-Out I felt like I was carrying an extra 3 kilos (6,6 pounds) with me.
I had oatmeal with fresh fruit and some tea for breakfast every day, we’d already had some frozen yogurts (mmm, frozen yogurt…), but no. Nothing.
Until In-N-Out Burger.
It must have been the grease from the fries. It’s always the fries.
Thank you, fries.
Their effect took place almost immediately and after our fast food lunch I’d actually lost more weight than I’d gained eating that burger menu!
Lesson to be learned
Of course there’s an important lesson to be learned out of all of this: when things don’t go too well, when you feel stuck, jammed or there’s a heavy load on you, go get some fries and a burger!
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