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In-N-Out Burger...Is it that good?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by sigma1914, May 10, 2011.

  1. May 12, 2011 #81 of 119
    TBoneit

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    Well I used to call it Hadley field.
    From a internet site.
    "Hadley Field was an airport in South Plainfield, New Jersey and contained the Nike Missile Battery NY-65. It was the site of the nation's first air mail service. The two magazine Nike missile battery was first manned by Regular Army units and later by the New Jersey National Guard. Nike Hercules missiles were installed in 1961 and the site remained an active air defense installation till around 1970. An office complex and a shopping center now cover the site which is known as Hadley Plaza."

    When I was a youngster my father used to take us there sometimes to fly model airplanes.

    I guess I'll have to try Sonic one of these days then.

    Never saw a roach at Fudruckers, OTOH It must have been the 80s when I was last in one.

    I was in a fast food emporium back in the 80s or 90s when a manager took off running to hush a worker who was telling the other workers in a loud voice that a roach had fallen off of the ceiling onto someones food in the dining room.

    Having been in so many fast food, convenience stores, supermarkets, bakeries and little local mom & pop food stores, deli's you'd be amazed how what you are buying is handled and how unsanitary some of them are.

    A good restaurant, bakery food store has regular visits from exterminators and that keeps things under control.

    I always wondered how the Lone Star was, Guess I'll never know.

    I used to go to Snuffys in Somerville for their sizzling steak. Down the road was O'Connors in Bridgewater, good steaks and fabulous hot and cold buffet bar. I used to make a thick turkey sandwich there add some Beef short ribs, maybe some shrimp and salad and have a complete meal. Or get a 16oz Ribeye with potato & vegetables, Soda bread, Yummm.
    Both long gone now.

    The Texas Weiner at Washington Ave & Rte. 22W used to grind his own beef for the burgers.

    I used to go there some mornings for breakfast after work and get their 3 egg platter w/Pork roll. They used to cut the pork roll by hand. Then the cook changed. he pork roll got thinner sliced by machine & weight, Low oil cooking. The salt would just bounce off of the home fries and eggs so I stopped buying the breakfast. Life!
     
  2. May 12, 2011 #82 of 119
    Greg Alsobrook

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    When I worked for my dad, we had a vendor in California that used to FedEx Priority Overnight us In-N-Out. Probably not the safest thing to do... but even after being in a box for ~8 hours, it was still pretty dang good. We'd nuke 'em for a few seconds though to knock off some of the bacteria. :lol:

    The last time I was in California (about 12 years ago), I didn't know to eat there. Can't wait to try a fresh one some day.
     
  3. May 12, 2011 #83 of 119
    Greg Alsobrook

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    Mmmm. I'll take a Hot Dog and a Beef & Cheddar Croissant please. :D
     
  4. May 12, 2011 #84 of 119
    Lord Vader

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    Refresh my memory about Jack Straws. I'm only two burbs away from there.

    When my brother moved to NW suburban Houston 10 years ago this month (The Woodlands), as much as he loves Texas over Illinois and Chicago, he says the 3 things he misses most are:


    1. The pizza
    2. The Italian Beef sandwiches
    3. The hotdogs
    When he came up here for business in late February and again late last month, he called me to pick him up from the airport and asked for only one thing: to go to Portillo's for a beef sandwich one night and Giordano's for stuffed pizza the next.

    I can attest to the fact that there is no good pizza place around where my brother lives. His kids? Papa John's is just fine (they're 9 and 12, they'll eat ketchup on cardboard and think it's awesome). Me? Yuck! Give me a Lou Malnati's, Giordano's, Uno, Home Run Inn, et. al. any day.

    Shortly after moving to The Woodlands, my brother contacted Frank Portillo, the head honcho, and asked him about the possibility of opening a Portillo's in the Houston area, explaining that the area had NO good beef or hotdogs or pizza. Frank immediately trashed that idea, saying he had no desire to open a Portillo's anywhere outside northeast Illinois. Not too long after, Portillo's opened in Southern CA., where a friend of mine from Chicago has been living for the last 7 years. My buddy tells me that Portillo's is ALWAYS packed, especially the drive-thru.

    Go figure.
     
  5. May 12, 2011 #85 of 119
    Greg Alsobrook

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    I don't really like most fast food places (or the burgers from them). Don't like McDonalds, don't like Burger King, and don't like Wendy's. Sonic is really the only fast food place that I eat regularly... but their burgers aren't the best.

    I ate at my first Five Guys a few months ago in Nashville. I thought it was really good, my wife didn't love it though. We're supposed to be getting one here pretty soon. I think they've already started construction.

    My favorite burger here in town is from Huey's. They've won the 'best burger in Memphis' for many many years. Another fantastic burger here is from a place called Interim. It'll cost you though. It's like 16 bucks... but it's like no burger you've ever had.

    Best burger I've ever had in my entire like though... Is from the Burger Joint, inside the Le Parker Meridien in NYC. When my wife and I were flying there several years ago for our Anniversary, I picked up a GQ magazine in the airport gift shop to read on the plane (this was before iPads :D). It had the top 20 burgers you had to eat before you die... and one of the places on the list was in NYC... so we decided to give it a try. The place is tucked back in a corner of the hotel lobby. It's only about 15x20 in there. Very small. And PACKED full of suits. I'm pretty sure they only cook it one way and you better eat it like that. :lol: But man... was it fantastic.

    We also tried eating at another place on the list the last time we were in Miami. It was a place in Hollywood, FL. Can't recall the name of it. We got there at about 2 or 2:30 in the afternoon and the wait was 2 hours... :eek:... so we passed.

    Edit: The place in Hollywood, FL is called Le Tub... and it was actually number 1 on that list.

    Edit 2: I found a link to the original article if anyone wants to take a look: http://www.gq.com/food-travel/alan-richman/200602/hamburger-death-eat
     
  6. May 12, 2011 #86 of 119
    Lord Vader

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    At Burger King the only thing I like is the Whopper with everything (but no cheese). McDonald's I've always loved. I don't go there that much (trying to save $), but when I'm on the go and need a quick lunch or late dinner meal, I always get the 2 cheeseburger meal. I LOVE their cheeseburgers, and Mickey D's has always had one of the best French Fries in the entire fast food industry. Wendy's new fries are good, but really! Give me a hot McDonald's French Fries any day (just don't overdo the salt!).

    Many years ago Burger King changed their fries to some god-awful formula. I can't eat them. It doesn't just hurt my stomach; it causes weird things to occur in my colon.

    At Wendy's, I get the best spicy chicken filet sandwich anywhere. Theirs is tops.
     
  7. May 12, 2011 #87 of 119
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    I like Sonic's burgers. Better than McD's and BK, and usually better than Wendys.
     
  8. May 12, 2011 #88 of 119
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    For all those who don't think In N OUT has good fries, and everyone else too.. Have you ever tried them Well Done? Trust me, they aren't even the same fries.. I'll eat them either way, but well done, they are awesome, and its the only way I order them... You can get fries animal style too..

    And someone said they are slow for service? You must not realize what they do vs. other fast food joints. They don't even think of starting to make your meal till you have paid. Show me another place that ONLY does it that way... Always fresh...

    I was in Vegas a few years ago.. Went to N IN OUT and put in my order. I was like number 23 or something. I heard them call number 36 as I was paying.. The place was packed, I figured, wow, they are really moving today.. Yeah, Um, 113 orders later I got my meal :D All of maybe 15 mins. They really were moving...

    And that traffic jam in Texas, that's normal at all In N OUTs... Maybe not quite that big all the3 time, but they always create traffic jams... Really their only downside.. :D

    And everyone I know that has tried 5 guys.. Has told me they are good, but they aren't In N OUT... I need to try one soon, just so I know.
     
  9. May 12, 2011 #89 of 119
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    spartanstew

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    It's a different category. There's really three categories:

    Fast Food - McD's, BK, Wendy's, etc.

    Fast Casual - Five Guys, In-n-Out, Scotty P's, MooYah, Smash Burger.

    Casual Dining - Red Robin, Applebees, etc.
     
  11. May 12, 2011 #91 of 119
    Greg Alsobrook

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    To me, Red Robin is just okay. I can't stand Applebee's at all. I think it may just be the one's in Memphis that are the problem. I have several friends that have eaten at Applebee's out of town and say it's great.. but also hate the ones here. Chili's has a decent burger as well.

    A couple other fast food places that I just thought of that I really like... Whataburger and Varsity. Varsity is limited to GA though.
     
  12. May 12, 2011 #92 of 119
    Greg Alsobrook

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    Anyone ever had Central Park? We used to have one here a long time ago. Really good from what I remember. Worst website ever though. :lol:
     
  13. May 13, 2011 #93 of 119
    Lord Vader

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    Applebee's is just gross.
     
  14. May 13, 2011 #94 of 119
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    That sounds like a good tip, wish I had known they're not consistent. The time I said they were mediocre the FF came out limp and greasy. We have a local sandwich chain whose FF are better than any of the national fast food outlets, but if you don't ask that they be served golden you risk getting the worst FF around.
     
  15. May 13, 2011 #95 of 119
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    You exaggerate. They are NOT that good.

    :barf:


    I don't know about where some of you live, but here in NorCal, Fuddruckers is EASILY the best hamburger to be had from any chain, and the ones in my area are nice, clean, and kept up. And they are always packed.

    Fudds can't fairly be compared to other places, though. They're fairly expensive, and everything is made fresh onsite, including the excellent buns. Their fries are skin-on potato wedges with season salt (awesome), and of course, you put all your own toppings on your burger yourself from their big toppings bar, which is constantly being refilled with fresh veggies.

    Fudds started many of the things that Five Guys has copied, such as using cases of soda and dry goods to make their "corrals", and of course, the free peanuts.

    The location in The Willows shopping center in Concord, CA is the largest in the Bay Area, and has been there since the early 1980s (except for a period in the 90's when they relocated; they ended up moving back after their 3 year lease was up on the "new" location), and is still widely considered the best.
     
  16. May 13, 2011 #96 of 119
    Lord Vader

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    I'm sure glad no one here has brought up Gastric Gulch, commonly known as Denny's.

    I burn holes in my colon when I eat there, and the flatulence I produce as a result is beyond putridly odorous. It's downright toxic.
     
  17. May 13, 2011 #97 of 119
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    Since we're on the subject of good and bad burger stops, I have to add "Nations Giant Burger" to the good list. It's a chain with a couple of dozen locations in the SF Bay area that I allways try to stop at while in the area. Xlnt Bacon Cheesburger IMO.
     
  18. May 13, 2011 #98 of 119
    Laxguy

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    Thanks for the review of Fuddrucker's. For some reason I had a neg. image of them, so I'll give it a go next time I can.
    If you're ever on College Ave in Oakland, Hudson's burger's are awesome. Also there's a new Sparky's around there.
     
  19. May 13, 2011 #99 of 119
    hdtvfan0001

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    There is a Fuddruckers about 2 miles away - and even on Fridays and Saturdays...its a semi-ghost-town here. They are "better than OK", but nothing extraordinary either. There is a Five Guys about a block away (also only half full at peak times), a Chili's, an Applebee's, a TGI Fridays, and the usual suspect 3 big chain burger places - all within a 1/2 mile radius). McDonalds is always the busiest, followed by Friday's.

    Plenty of choices. We've tried them all...multiple times. The best burger we find is at a smaller private Chicago-style eatery that makes the best Pizza, the best Italian Beef sandwiches, deli sandwiches, and burgers in town - bar none. Another small franchise operation called Taco Mac (not mexican food by the way) also has very good burgers here. It's not even close to all the others. It seems these smaller places take more care in what they do.
     
  20. Laxguy

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    Yeah, and they're not at the mercy of centralized purchasing, so they might be able to obtain higher quality meat and breads.
     

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