In-N-Out Burger - Dude Grade: A
1159 N Rengstorff Ave
Mountain View, CA 94043
This is my third trip to the bay area and I've always heard about how good this In-N-Out burger is - hell, even the deified Thomas Kellar loves this place. We are actually pretty damn lucky in the NYC area with a ton of burger options - the fast food joints (Five Guys, Smashburger, etc) and the sit down joints: (JG Melon, Prime Meats, Minetta Tavern).
For a fast food burger joint, In-N-Out Burger is friggin awesome. Hands down the best fast food burger I've ever had - categorized by me as something you can order and get within 5-10 minutes either take out or sit-down.
Double - Double ***
Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, onions, and bun. Sounds familiar right (minus the pickles and sesame seed bun)? Wrong. This thing is a totally different animal than the Big Mac. The bun, which is baked fresh, is light and fluffy with a hint of sweetness. The patties have great texture to it and is seasoned beautifully with decent beef flavor for a fast food joint. Even the damn lettuce, tomato, and onions feel like they've been picked from a local grocery store and cut for you. Everything about this thing is awesome. A big wtf for me that this place actually matches the hype serving an awesome fast food burger.
Animal Fries *
Fries are actually hand cut there and they're pretty good. Not great by any means and five guys definitely takes them down here - better potato flavor and crispier. Animal style is off their secret menu - basically adding grilled onions, pickles, and special sauce.
Service I was pretty amazed about how they run their operations. It's totally the ford assembly model with everyone working very focused and efficiently. Completely floored since I'm used to the lazy arses you usually see at McD's and BK not paying attention and taking their sweet ars time. It does take 5-10 minutes for the burger, but that's because they're cooking and preparing your burger there - not using a microwave like bk or mcd's.
Definitely the best fast food burger I've ever had - for those of you pointing to Shake Shack that place is average. Although In-N-Out makes the best fast food burger, this by no means is the best burger I've ever had. Prime Meats takes the cake and you can go to a ton of other joints in NYC (e.g JG Melon) for a better burger. I guess I'll have to hit up Blue 9 Burger if I ever want to satisfy the In-N-Out burger craving since they do a pretty damn good rendition of this style of burger and serve it pretty fast too.