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30 April 2009 @ 10:16 am
Food: 50 States, 50 Burgers.  
Food Network has posted an article about the "one burger you absolutely have to try in every state."

Most of the states have burgers from this classy little bistros, or that hole-in-the-wall diner, or some other one-of-a-kind location.

California? A Double-Double from In-N-Out Burger.

They aren't wrong, mind you.

...I may have one for lunch.
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Terminotaur: foodterminotaur on April 30th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
A double-double?

Hehehe, to a Canadian that has a very different meaning. When you said that I thought "Tim Hortons merged with In-N-Out?"

(BTW it means a coffee with two cream and two sugar)
Tube: got a fishietoob on April 30th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
I really heartily recommend Main Street Burgers, in Los Gatos. Best fucking burger I've ever had.
Tugrik - Modern Day Monoceros: yum!tugrik on May 1st, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
I took your recommendation and tried it tonight.

It was indeed a tasty burger... but it wasn't a $15+ per-person burger, in my humble opinion. For about 2/3rds that price there's comparable fare to be found at Happy Hound a few miles away.

Directly comparing the two, I'd say HH had a better burger while MSB had better fries and malts. Though at $5/ea it was quite the pulp fiction flashback with that malt. :)

Tasty, tasty vanilla malt. Mmmmm....
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on April 30th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
When we were living in Maine, Adrienne didn't understand why I was, like, "Man, I miss California hamburgers."

Now, of course, she's, like, "Mmmm. In-n-Out."

John 3:18!
Tube: buff ottertoob on April 30th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
John 3:18?
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on April 30th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Sorta hidden on a lot of the packaging of In-n-Out burgers are various Bible verses. The founders are, like, Mormons or something.
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on April 30th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Tho' I checked and it's John 4:16. ;)
Tube: religiontoob on April 30th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
"Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither."?

Maybe it's 1 John 4:16 -- "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him."

That would make more sense. And weird -- I knew they were a Christian org, but I didn't know they were planting Bible verses!
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on April 30th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
It's pretty subtle, but they're there. On the cups, they're on the inside of the lip on the bottom of the cup, for instance. You're not going to see it unless you really look for them. But they're on all the wrappers - burgers, fries and cups.
Tube: holy shittoob on April 30th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
ZOMG we're surrounded!!
Your Obedient Serpent: Eye of Agammottoathelind on April 30th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
And it's JUST the Book/Chapter/Verse references, not the text. As 'rex says, it's subtle. Tasteful, even.
Arcaton: jackassr_caton on April 30th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Get 'em reading and they'll want to know what comes next....
Subtle!
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Your Obedient Serpent: facepalmathelind on April 30th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Just be glad I didn't mention St. John's, and their bacon-cheese fries.

...oops.
dutchmouse: Dutch Mouseydutchmouse on April 30th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
We have a Red Robin near us in Des Moines. They have an excellent selection of boigahs. :)
I've been curious about the In and Out Burger ever since I saw the Big Lebowski. I mean, apparently, the joint is good enough to mention in a Coen Brothers film. If I ever visit, we're going to the In and Out. I can only assume the place is constantly busy.
Ever since I left Texas I've been missing Whataburger burgers. All fresh, all the time. No time under a heater. At all.
Dammit, man. I want a burger now.
Your Obedient Serpent: foodathelind on April 30th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Red Robin is quite tasty; we have them out here, too.

In-N-Out is an entirely different animal. It's most definitely a fast food burger, as opposed to the Sit-Down Restaurant Pub Burger of the Red Robin variety -- but it's what other fast food burgers STRIVE to be.

It compares favorably to Whataburger (having eaten at both places semi-regularly at different points in my life). In-N-Out is all fresh, too -- they don't even have FREEZERS. Fresh ingredients, shipped every day.

I'd give I/O the edge, personally. When I think of Whataburger, I kind of absently miss it. When I'm stuck in a place without a nearby In-N-Out, though -- I CRAVE.
Arcaton: farragoduetr_caton on April 30th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
What is his "American Cheese" of which they speak? Cometh it from an aerosol?

I've just fried up a Tesco Barbeque Burger... humungous things intended to grill from frozen in 12 minutes, the grill is on the fritz so I fried it in about 4 minutes... in a wholemeal roll, sweet chili relish on top, sweet onion relish below and a bit of Sainsbury's medium cheddar and tomato puree in between the two halves of the burger (too big for a roll in one piece)

ver' nice matey.
Your Obedient Serpent: foodathelind on April 30th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Araquan Skytracer: Sciencearaquan on April 30th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I love the statement that it "...meets the legal definition of cheese."
Auryanne: art: pixel auryauryanne on April 30th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Stone me if you want, but I don't really think In & Out is that great.

(For one thing, they don't have bacon or avocado, the two ingredients I require in an excellent burger.)

There's a place here in my town called Hamburger Central that has some pretty darn good ones.
Your Obedient Serpent: barcodeathelind on April 30th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
As I said to Dutch, I consider "Sit-Down Pub Burger" to be an entirely different species than "fast food hamburger".

Honestly, there are fast food burgers that I like as well or better than I/O, or find myself in the mood for more often. I/O, however, has that "quality you can taste" thing going for it: I can TELL that the ingredients are fresh, and that this is Good Quality Food entering my body.

It's also "Iconically Californian".

Edited at 2009-04-30 10:35 pm (UTC)
Auryanne: art: pixel auryauryanne on May 1st, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Yeah good point, Hamburger Central is sit-down :)

I do really like In & Out's fries though.
Tugrik - Modern Day Monoceros: ROARtugrik on May 1st, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
I agree, actually. I'm the one oddball amongst my friends who really doesn't "get" the whole I/O experience. They're overly greasy and the whole buns-on-the-grill bit makes for that nasty, grease-fried-rim effect on the bread.

Admittedly, getting one 'protein style' with grilled onions is quite flavorful, and I'll agree with Athelind here that the actual beef used is decently high quality as ground beef goes... but the overall burger itself? Just not my kinda burger.
Your Obedient Serpent: foodathelind on May 1st, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
For me, I/O is one of those things I have to be in the mood for -- but when I'm in the mood for it, it's What I Want, No Substitutions.


I will ALSO, on occasion, get that same Nothing Else Will Satisfy Me craving for a Wendy's Triple (No cheese, Catsup & Mustard ONLY, do not taint my meat-and-grease experience with that damned rabbit food) -- and I have NO illusions that that is anything resembling "quality".

Hell, on rare occasions, the Crave is for a blasted Quarter Pounder.
Tugrik - Modern Day Monoceros: yum!tugrik on May 1st, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Weirdly, the only burger I've had in the bay area that came across as wow, this is seriously good quality meat! was one at Kirks.

One.

I have no idea what they did 'right' that day, or if it was my own perception systems being wonky at the time... but I've yet to have another burger from them that's the same quality. Go figure.

One I do happily recommend, though, is the Kobe Beef Burger at the local British pub (Britannia Arms). There's one in downtown SJ and one down by me in the Almaden Valley. While not super-super special, it's been consistently really dang good.
Your Obedient Serpent: foodathelind on May 2nd, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
My experience with Kirk's can be summed up by the word "blaaaah!" It was not a happy burger.

And... I suppose I should try another Britannia Arms at some point. My experience with them is colored by my five years in Monterey, where the main drag had TWO British pubs -- the Britannia Arms and the Mucky Duck -- but the GOOD one was the THIRD one, just OFF of Alvarado. The Arms was a distant third compared to the Crown & Anchor.

Oh, jeez. I've GOT to head down to Monterey now.
dutchmouse: Dutch Mouseydutchmouse on May 5th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
I mostly just wanna eat there because they mentioned it in the Big Lebowski. :)
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on April 30th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Hmm. The 2x2 is what I had when I went there the day after we'd met up. Fisherman's Wharf location.
A.R.M.: twoheadskinkyturtle on May 1st, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
When I go to San Jose for Further Confusion, I like to go to In-n-Out and order a Teleia burger. Of course, they don't call it that there; that's just my name for a double meat animal-style. :}
Araquan Skytracer: Fruity Oaty Bar-Octopusaraquan on May 1st, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Looking at that article again, I see I've eaten at the place that's listed for here... Never gotten a burger there though. It's a barbecue place and that's what I get when I go there. I may have to try the burger someday, however. But maybe without the sauerkraut. I don't care for that stuff. c.c