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A stop at In-N-Out Burger

August 10, 2009

By Melissa Stephans


No West Coast food report would be complete without giving necessary props to In-N-Out.

California’s beloved burger chain, which has expanded beyond the Golden State’s borders into neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Utah (not surprising, since this is a Mormon-owned chain), is a local obsession for a reason. In business for sixty years, In-N-Out has perfected the art of the burger–even creating unique variations for their mysterious “secret menu”.

The listed menu is refreshingly minimal–it only offers a hamburger, cheeseburger, the famed “double double,” and fries. But ask any fan of the food chain what they order, and they will likely utter strange phrases that are unfamiliar to any outsider. This, my friends, is courtesy of In-N-Out’s secret menu. Okay, it’s not that much of a secret, since it can be found on the company’s website. Popular secret menu selections include “caveman/protein” and “animal style” burgers.

In-N-Out Animal Style Burgers

In-N-Out Animal Style Burgers

The former is perfect for those who live in fear of carbs (not me). Instead of being served in a bun, the burger and all its fixings are wrapped in crispy, hand-leafed lettuce. The latter option is a burger smothered in special sauce (a yummier version of Thousand Island dressing), grilled onions, a pickle, lettuce and tomato.

The not-so-secret menu also includes my personal favorite–the grilled cheese sandwich. I have never been much of a carnivore, so all I ever really indulge in from In-N-Out is their crunchy, melted grilled cheese sandwich with its super-creamy secret sauce and savory grilled onions. If only they did this to fries…oh wait…they do! But don’t expect to see “animal fries” on the secret menu. In fact, animal fries are not listed on any menu. Whatever the reason for keeping this genius, artery-clogging creation a secret, it is well-worth the calories.

In-N-Out Animal Style Fries

In-N-Out Animal Style Fries

Check out their menus, locations and charity foundation (benefiting abused and neglected kids) at

9 thoughts on “A stop at In-N-Out Burger

  1. shyema Post author

    I need a second go at in-n-out…the first time i had it i thought it was gooddd but maybe didn’t live up to the hype…we ordered in, I’m going straight for the source next time.

  2. Shoaib

    I’m demoting Shake Shack down to a tie for 2nd.

    1. Dumont Burger
    2/3 Shake shack/five guys

    too bad five guys have crappy fries..

  3. priya

    so time magazine once published an article on where to find “the world’s best burger”. and of all the places in the world, it’s in cairo! go figure. it’s a restaurant called lucille’s. when i lived quite near the place, i refused to eat there because i claimed i was too sophisticated to eat american food while living in cairo. now i wish i had just so i can claim i’ve had “the world’s best burger”.

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