Yes, In-N-Out Burger is vastly overrated!

Reading Wombat over at The Other McCain I came across his review of a certain burger chain, and I must agree with his summation

A lot of pixels have been lavished by a lot of fanboys and fangirls on how great In-N-Out Burger is; how it uses only fresh ingredients prepared to your order; how its “secret menu” is so awesome. At the risk of enraging said fanboys, I frankly didn’t think it was all that. I ordered a double-double protein style (no bun) and sampled the fries (for SCIENCE!), and to be honest, neither the burger nor the fries impressed me. It’s not that there was anything bad about either one, but they just didn’t live up to the hype. Comparing them to Five Guys, I give the advantage to the latter: In-N-Out does not have bacon, their fries are inferior to Five Guys’ peanut-fried version, and Five Guys has more variety in the available Coke product.

No bacon? How can a burger place even open without having bacon?

Boy THAT headline will cause many to launch into “what did he say” mode! But, it is my opinion, and I am sticking to it. I recall a couple of years ago when the famed In and Out Burger first came here to North Texas everyone was over joyed. So, I, in the name of research, because science matters, visited In-N-Out, and came away unimpressed. It was not bad, it was good, but the “best burger ever”? No way. In fact, if I did a best burger chains list………

1  Five Guys- not even close! And the fries? MAN!!

2 Steak and Shake- Steak Burgers! And those shakes!!

3 Wendys- Just really good burgers, good fries too

4 Karls Jr- Great ads, very good burgers, and excellent fries

4 Sonic- Love the concept and the food, Tater Tots Baby!

5 Whataburger- So many options, In-N-Out could take a lesson

6 Jack in the Box- Great ads, and their sirloin burgers rock

7 Braums- The BEST shakes, good burgers, and crinkle cut fries!

8 In-N-Out- Good, not great. Two words MORE CHOICES!

No, I did not list McDonalds or Burger King, do I really have to say why? McDonalds, at one time had the best fries, now they are flavorless, and Burger King is OK, but do they understand the concept of EXTRA pickles? or extra mayo, or extra mustard, or no onions? They certainly do not when I eat there.

 

 

Speaking of food I should not eat………..

I do not do many movie, or food reviews here. Although that would be a great job to get paid for, but after a visit to the doctor for  a check up Thursday, I passed a new restaurant, well new to the Dallas area anyway, Five Guys Burgers and Fries. I had heard about Five Guys, heard the burgers were good,, and the fries awesome. So, after getting a good result from my check up, I figured what the heck.

I went in ordered my burger, all topping are free, so you just tell them what you want. I went for the cheeseburger, mayo mustard, pickles, a burger without pickles is unthinkable, tomatoes, and lettuce, and a large order of fries. It took a few minutes to cook the burgers, and I watched their kitchen crew cooking and assembling burgers, cooking fries, etc. They had it down to a science, it is fun to watch people who know what they are doing. Then, my order in hand, in a brown paper sack with authentic grease stains in hand, I went out to the truck, turned on Rush Limbaugh, and dug in.

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First off the fries are rockin! Seasoned well, thick cut, and super hot. One thing though, unless you are feeding a small village, a large fry is a meal itself, even the smaller order is huge I am told. Then, I unwrapped the burger, the cheese was melted, sticking to the foil wrapper. My first bite, was good, you can tell they use real ground beef, not frozen, it tasted like hamburgers used to. Like I said, it was good, but, as I continued eating, I found myself falling in love with this burger! In fact it is likely the best burger I have had in years, maybe ever. So, if you like burgers, find a Five Guys and go munch!

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