In N Out
9610 W Tropicana Ave
My friends know me as a food lover, but my husband knows the truth about me – I can be a food nitpicker. I nitpick and complain on texture, hence my other nickname, the texture whore. So, why am I talking about texture with In-N-Out? It is because they keep it texture-riffic. Veggies are crispy and not limp. Buns are usually toasty. Fries are golden and light. Ketchup is stored ice cold. Shakes are creamy. This is why I couldn’t resist going back to try some “secret menu” items.
What we ordered:
Number 1 Combo. Double-double – Regular.
Number 2 Combo. Cheeseburger, “secret options” = extra toasted (bun), animal style onions, and well done fries.
If you look carefully at the burger photo, you can see on the left burger is my animal style cheeseburger with “extra toasty” bun, and on the right, you see the more golden “well done” fries.
Alright, time for texture whore to nitpick. The bun was NOT extra toasty. I mean I could see that it WAS toasted, but somehow became UN-toasted in the process of getting from the grill to me. I think logistically it would not be possible with my combination of animal style AND extra toasty. The fact that it had to sit a few minutes wrapped up with hot meat and sauces waiting for the well done fries added critical minutes and steam to the bun before it landed in my watering mouth. However, I’ll give them this – the extra juices from having the onions animal style made up for the toasted-reverted-to-untoasty bun. The trade-off of this logistical snafu was that the well done fries were fantastic. Crunchy without loosing the tooth feel of the a real spud and salted just enough. Also, I think because they had to fry my batch of fries especially, I received more fries in my batch. Bonus!
Conclusion: Next trip, only two secret options out of three. Animal style burger and regular fries. Extra toasted burger bun and well done fries. Animal style + extra toasted + well done fries = soft bun from all the steam.