In-N-Out Burger and I never really understood it. I have a friend named Jason (a native Californian) who was my roommate at Brigham Young University who almost had a heart attack when I told him that I didn't much care for the franchise.
"What?!? Have you ever eaten there?"
"Well, yeah," I said, "and I was a little disappointed. I went on a road trip with a friend of mine a few years ago, and we went to one. Everybody who had ever been before always raved about it. I guess it was so hyped up that I just expected... more. I just didn't think it was that good."
Scandalized he replied, "Fresh isn't good? Everything is fresh!"
I didn't know what to say to that, so I just said, "I don't know... and they only have like 3 things on the menu."
Then he smiled. "Well, there's a secret menu for those who know."
I'm sorry, but the idea of a secret menu that I didn't know about just gave me another thing to dislike about In-N-Out Burger. Exclusivity is not my cup of tea. So from then on I just stayed quiet whenever people talked about it. And then not long ago Utah started getting In-N-Out Burgers and I just rolled my eyes. They were a huge hit and the drive-thrus would have lines a mile long. I confessed my hate for In-N-Out to Brian, and luckily he didn't care much for it either.
However, I feel like an apology is due. You see, Brian's mom recently mailed us a gift card to In-N-Out Burger, and even though I wouldn't normally eat there, it's hard to not take advantage of free food. As the saying goes, "beggars can't be choosers." So today Brian and I went, and I gotta say, it was better than I remembered.
We both ordered the Double-Double and it was actually a really good burger! The beef patties were moist and delicious, the cheese was nice and melted, the tomatoes and lettuce were fresh and crisp, and the bun was just perfect. I was shocked. I remembered it being blah, and here I was enjoying the very restaurant that I supposedly hated. I felt like such a fool.
So I want to say that I'm sorry. It was mean of me to hate In-N-Out Burger so much.
However, I'm still not a fan of those fries. They are flavorless! I'd much rather have Brian's homemade fries any day. But the burger has earned my respect.