Tales of In-N-Out

11 May, 2011 § 1 Comment

The In-N-Out Burger sign at Fisherman's Wharf ...

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Okay, so In-N-Out Burger is a big deal. A really big deal, apparently. It’s an even bigger deal that we now have In-N-Out here in North Texas. So big of a deal, in fact, that people are willing to drive 75 miles and live out of their car for two days just to get a taste of those succulent, juicy animal-style patties.

The previous sentence, just so you know, is not an exaggeration. The first two In-N-Out Burger restaurants in Texas opened today. Ron Russek drove from Cleburn, TX and camped outside In-N-Out in Allen since Monday night just to be first in line. Kip Cummings, who drove considerably farther (from Shreveport, LA), missed his son’s graduation from LSU just to be sure he was one of the first people to try the new Allen In-N-Out. He managed to score a spot second to Russek in line. This link tells their stories. It leaves out the part about Cummings missing his son’s graduation, but that was confirmed in a radio interview after his double-double breakfast.

As I drove by today the line of cars waiting to go through their drive-thru was at least a mile long. Once again I must point out I am not exaggerating. In-N-Out’s parking lot was sorted out with cones so that once you managed to get into the parking lot you still had to weave through about a half-mile’s worth of cones before you got to the window. The street outside the parking lot was packed with cars waiting for the drive-thru as well, backed up at least another half-mile.

Did I wait in line for a four-by-four and a chocolate shake today? No, I did not. Absolutely not. In fact, I’ve never in my life tried In-N-Out. But y’know what? I’m sure it’ll still be there in another month or two. When In-N-Out is ready to provide me with fast food (not three-hour food), then I’ll give it a try. Until then, there’s always Whataburger.

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