After a 3-day liquid fast, I was craving all sorts of foods. Dori and I decided to give the digestive system a break. My system wasn't happy after the second day. I had to trick my mind. I told myself, if Aron Ralston made it out of a slot canyon alive after 127 Hours - I can do this. 72 hours later, I was on my way to In-N-Out to order a grilled cheese, fries, and chocolate milk shake.
In-N-Out Burger is a chain of fast food restaurants with locations in the western United States. The restaurant was founded in 1948, starting with southern California and expanding to Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas.
Julia Child, one of the first celebrities admitted to knowing every location of the restaurant between Santa Barbara and San Francisco. The book Fast Food Nation gives a positive note on the chain for using natural fresh ingredients, cleanliness and great treatment of employees. Anthony Bourdain's favorite fast food meal is In-N-Out Burger. They don't have a whole lot of advertising and they don't use celebrating endorsements. It's mostly word of mouth.
I like the menu because it's basic and doesn't leave me overwhelmed with choices. However, there are additional named items not on the menu but reside in the chain's "secret menu". The menu is accessible on the company's web site.
Their french fries are made from hand-diced, fresh, whole potatoes. The fries have always been fried in vegetable oil while other chains have historically used lard or beef tallow. There are no microwaves or freezers. The milkshakes are made from real ice cream. It hasn't upset my stomach yet.
These photos were taken last year.
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