If there is an In-N-Out Burger location to visit, it’s probably Baldwin Park. Said to be where this famous SoCal burger joint set it’s roots in 1948, we found ourselves stopping for a bite on our return trip from Los Angeles. Pulling into the parking lot a little later than expected, the burger-slinging-teenager inside of me was a bit saddened to see the lights on In-N-Out University dark for the night. Wouldn’t it have been great to see a bit of history!
Even with the late hour, this location was packed. And the one young lady on till was a machine. Pounding out orders without delay, she was taking down every potential queue without breaking a sweat.The menu is very simple at In-N-Out. For those who haven’t been, you can order a Cheeseburger, Double-Double (double meat & cheese), Hamburger, French Fries & Shakes. Pretty simple right! I think that’s what makes them so special. Oh and the fact that they take their meat so seriously, “We have always made every one of our hamburger patties ourselves using only whole chucks from premium cattle selected especially for In-N-Out Burger. We pay a premium to purchase fresh, high quality beef chucks. We individually inspect every single chuck we receive to make sure that it meets our standards. Then our highly skilled, in-house butchers remove the bones. We grind the meat ourselves and make it into patties ourselves. We do all of this in our facility on our property in Baldwin Park, Ca. These steps enable us to completely control the patty-making process and be absolutely certain of the quality and freshness of every patty we make. We’ve always made our hamburger patties this way.”
For those of you who are new to this fast food delight, there is also the secret menu. Almost like a treasure map, this menu (if you can believe it) was once very tough to come by. Of course with the advent of the internet, people have now collected quite the collection of possible combination’s. Every burger is made with at least one 1/8 lb. beef patty cooked to medium-well and served on a toasted bun. The default style of burger includes tomato, leaf lettuce and spread, a sauce similar to Thousand Island dressing. In addition, you’ll be asked if you want raw or grilled onions.
The burgers are everything they say. Fresh meat that is cooked to order and topped with crisp, clean and flavourful veggies. Just look at the leaf lettuce above. Amazing. The meat was juicy while the cheese melted from the perfect bit of heat. The fresh cut fries were crispy, a little light on colour if I was picky, but still most definitely worth their weight in calories. The quality was worth the visit. The taste was worth the visit. And heck, for someone who worked at McDonald’s in high school, the experience of In-N-Out was worth the visit.