This all started when I was younger and was on vacation from my parents in Las Vegas. From my window itn the hotel I could see it in the distance practically begging for my attention. The IN-N-OUT Burger. I had no idea what it was at the time, just a funny name, but I wanted to go.
Being from the East Coast, I’d never heard of this odd named burger joint. I knew that other chains existed outside of the Golden Arches, Burger King, Roy Rogers, Arby’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Checkers; but I hadn’t seen any of them. IN-N-OUT was completely foreign to me. And worse yet, I was too young to venture out by myself and my parents wouldn’t go. It was like torture.
Fast forward a few years later and I find myself in San Francisco walking around thinking to myself “I think those burger joints are out here.” I couldn’t find one, but then off the highway I saw that familiar sign of the red lettering on a yellow backdrop and I knew where I was heading.
It was WONDERFUL. Four menu items to choose from seemed friggin brilliant. The printed menu has not changed since 1948 but little did I know that there was a secret menu. here’s one site about the secret menu and here’s another the second inclues the bible verses included in some of the wrappers. Someone even ordered a 100 patty, 100 slice of cheese burger.
This Octonber, once again I’ll be able to partake in the awesome awesome awesomeness that is IN-N-OUT Burger when I head to San Francisco. There’s an IN-N-OUT on the Fisherman’s Wharf, and when I’m in SF, I’m there. As a matter of fact, here I am in 2004: