Kelly the Culinarian: Food find: In and Out-rageous food

Friday, July 13, 2007

Food find: In and Out-rageous food

Remember when Paris Hilton got wasted off of (allegedly) one margarita, got a DUI and said it was no big deal, she was just hungry and wanted to go to In-and-Out Burger?

I do.

A new In-and-Out Burger was recently planted in Tucson and I am so grateful. I think Paris Hilton would be too, if she could find Tucson on a map. If you can imagine what McDonald's used to be back in the day, that's what In and Out is. There are only a handful of basics on the menu: cheeseburger, burger, fries and a couple of shake and soda options. Nothing fancy, but it's really, really fast. Your meal is made to order and even though the line at this joint is always long, you're out of there within 15 minutes, tops.

First time around, I order a cheeseburger and fries. Tim got the same thing, when he was in town. He did not like the cheeseburger, but loved the fries. I was the other way around -- I was impressed by the burger; the fries, not so much. The burger was huge and I could taste the freshness of all the ingredients. The fries are made from real potatoes, not frozen, that are peeled, sliced and fried in short order, but I would have liked them saltier.

The second time I went to this joint, I heard about the glories of the secret menu. Essentially, if you know the lingo, the menu there more than doubles. I got animal-style fries, which you see in the photo next to a plain cheeseburger. These secret fries come with cheese, secret sauce and grilled onions.

And they were glorious! It was salty, cheesey, savory and messy. Quite messy, in fact, and I had to use my Tide pen at the end of the meal to get the spills out of my top. The burger was exactly the same -- if nothing else, this place is consistent.

Overall, I can see why Paris Hilton made a beeline for this place. I wonder if she went there after she got out of jail. It's just that yummy.


Cynthia said...

My weakness - fries :)

Unknown said...

hehe..remember when Larry King asked PH how she get by in the prison ? I read the bible a lot, and I'd read it everday. So, what is your favorite phrase ? hmm..huh..hmm..hmmmmmmm..there's alot, I can't remember..HAHAHA ! You think she knows her geography well ? Tucson ? Where's Tuscon ? hehehe :P

Melting Wok said...

Oopps..that was me, meltingwok.

ladygoat said...

Mmm, In and Out! You're so lucky. I'm still waiting for one to open up anywhere near me.

WokandSpoon said...

Animal fries! YUM!!! THat looks really good!

Marianne said...

Mmmm.... I miss In and Out Burger! I am from Baltimore and am sad to say that I haven't been out to the West Coast in nearly four years. That's a long time to go without In and Out Burger.

Rhea said...

Oh, those fries looked good. I don't think we have that chain here in the Northeast.