In-n-Out Burger was mentioned on the A-380 Airbus thread, so I thought I'd start one on it.
Is there a better fastfood place? As an East Coaster, I don't get to it very often, but I love it when I do. First found out about it in mid-90s when Scott Davis took me to one while we were going out to Mt. Sac. Since then, everytime I'm in California, I scout one out. At medical conferences they often put us up in nice hotels. Typical scenario at the concierge desk is this:
1st doctor and wife: "We'd like to go to a fine French restaurant in [city]? Can you help us??
2nd doctor and wife: "We're looking for good Italian with a nice wine list?"
Me: "Where's the nearest In-n-Out Burger???"
That discussion begins and ends with Fuddruckers, if you consider them fast food. HUGE burgers, potato wedges the size of your fingers, and a fabulous fixin's bar for your burger. And don't get me started on the brownies and sundaes.
Well Hammy is correct, In and out cant compare to "gourmet burgers" BUT as a chain burger they are amazingly good, really really good. I only had em once after a hangover and 2 bloody marys but they took me back in time. They felt, tasted and smelled they way a burger must have been on route 66 in the 1950's. Im a fan and burgers are very very important to me.
Well I've apparently said it all before. I will only add to it that while the In and Out burger is total crap, it is infinitely better than the total crap they call hamburgers at McDonalds. How that company made is so big on burgers I’ll never understand. Great fries and Egg McMuffins, but the burgers are worse than total crap.
I can't remember the last time I had a fast food burger---it's been more than a couple of decades, I'm sure. But you guys have me curious. I'm an East Coaster myself, but next time in California (which will probably be the NCAA's this year in Sacramento), I'll try to remember to sample one of these just to see what all the fuss is about.
guru wrote:That discussion begins and ends with Fuddruckers, if you consider them fast food. HUGE burgers, potato wedges the size of your fingers, and a fabulous fixin's bar for your burger. And don't get me started on the brownies and sundaes.
Wouldn't call this fast food, or the best burgers, but they are pretty damn good. And they have ostrich and buffalo burgers too.
OK, my votes would go like this:
Best large-chain fast food burger: Burger King Whoppers (it has probably been at least 10 years since I've had a burger at any big fast food chain, so things could have changed).
Best small chain burger: Tie between Nations and Barneys.
Best burger period: Cafe Rouge in Berkeley. Run by ex-chefs from Chez Panisse who grind their own meat.
tandfman wrote:I can't remember the last time I had a fast food burger---it's been more than a couple of decades, I'm sure. But you guys have me curious. I'm an East Coaster myself, but next time in California (which will probably be the NCAA's this year in Sacramento), I'll try to remember to sample one of these just to see what all the fuss is about.
As the reigning King of all that is bourgeois hoi polloi crapola, I can tell you that the Burger King flame-broiled-have-it-your-way-Angus-Beef-quarter-pounder hamburger is NOT TOO SHABBY, and I'm sure my gourmand pal Squackee will tell ya the same!!!!
(Speaking of 'Reigning', today I saw Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler as the guy whose wife and three small daughters were killed in a 9/11 plane crash and Don Cheadle as the guy who tries to help him reconnect with reality. It was stunningly poignant and AS was actually superb in a very depressing role!)
I mostly don't do junk food burgers, but when I did, it was at Burger King. I had my 1st (I think only) in&out burger at MSR a few years ago. They set up a stand inside the stadium. Pretty good burger. But, in the bay area, they have only fairly recently arrived and started to spread. Never was one close to us. We tried to go to one in Kettleman City (on I5), but no space in the lot. Wait, we actually did stop on another trip. Again, pretty good burgers. But, cooking your own burger is not rocket science, and you have some control over the quality of meat, cheese (gorgonzola, please) and roll. But, I guess, on the road, BK or I&O would be the choices.
I can't imagine being hungry enough to eat ANTHING served at McD's
Funnily enough, I completely disagree with bh... what a shocker, huh?
Burger King is the absolute worst fast-food burger because of that awful flame taste. Don't usually touch Jack-in-the-Box burgers, either.
Of the big chains, Sonic and Dairy Queen are tops on my list, though I will eat McD's anywhere in the world, any time.
Whataburger is tops in Texas for chains, and I enjoyed Fatburger in LA, too.
Just like music, though, it's all up to individual taste!
In-n-Out is by far the best fast food burger chain. No question, no doubt.
But, according to newspaper reports, the grandchildren of the founders are now looking to take the totally family owned-company public and possibly franchise the brand name nationally. Then the famous double-double would quickly degrade into a Big Mac-ish mess!!!
Strange thread - such titillation over eating dead cows. There's a wickedly great burger chain in Toronto called Lick's. But I've yet to find anything remotely like a properly prepared home burger, few people have a clue how to do it. As for MuckDonald's, how could its success shock anyone? Do you live under a rock? For God's sake, it's from the nation that gives us Jerry Springer, Paula Abdul and Texas biscuits and "gravy" - milk, flour and grease.
As a kid i loved Mcdonald cheeseburgers but they are nothin but mush. Theyre just mushy mush. The big mac is less mushy but still mushy.' Mcfish is mush but its a different tasting mush.
Burger Kings not bad but lately ive enjoyed the Wendys junior cheeseburger deluxe for 99 cents. Burger,cheese, pickles, onion-fresh, tomato,lettuce, mayo, catsup, mustard and bun. I believe the best burger in the world for under a dollar. A perfectly fine little burger.
I cant wait to have another In and Out experience. 8)