In-N-Out Reigns Supreme!
OK, here’s where our true inner burger-eater comes out. In-N-Out, that is. Glorious, wonderful, exquisite In-N-Out. What is it about these burgers that elevate them to a near-celestial status in our minds? Well, the simplicity is one thing. Yes, we truly do love the complicated stuff we’ve told you about – the great imaginings that went into toppings and sides and sizes and meat combos. The idea of a chorizo burger on a glazed donut is just too good to pass up… unless there’s an In-N-Out in close proximity. Then it’s the not-so-secret menu we crave. You can find it at http://www.in-n-out.com/menu/not-so-secret-menu.aspx but in case you’re not familiar, here’s why we are so attached to these works of art.
The Not-So-Secret Menu Double Meat is “two 100% pure beef patties hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, spread, with or without onions, stacked high on a freshly baked bun.” The 4×4 is “four 100% pure beef patties, hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, spread, four slices of American cheese, with or without onions, stacked high on a freshly baked bun.” The Protein Style is “your favorite burger wrapped in hand-leafed lettuce instead of a bun.” The 3×3 is “three 100% pure beef patties, hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, spread, three slices of American cheese, with or without onions, stacked high on a freshly baked bun.” The Grilled Cheese is “two slices of melted American cheese, hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, spread with or without onions on a freshly baked bun.” And the Animal Style is “burger of your choice with hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, a mustard cooked beef patty; add pickle, extra spread with grilled onions.”
And the shakes are awesome. We can’t stress that enough.
HuffPo Weighs In on Carl’s
Our buds at HuffingtonPost.com have a few choice words about burgers and Millennials, addressing Carl’s Jr. and its approach to Millennials.
A snippet: “Carl’s Jr. will introduce what it says is the first “all-natural, no hormones, no antibiotics, no steroids, grass-fed, free-range beef patty” from any major quick-service chain. The item also is the latest effort by a QSR chain to reach out to the 18-to-34-year-old millennial age group, some of whom are choosing fast-casual chains such as Smashburger, Elevation Burger and The Counter, perceiving these chains’ food to be higher quality.”
To which we add: We’ve encountered the proverbial hockey puck at Carl’s Jr. It’s not like we haven’t encountered the puck elsewhere, but the frequency at CJ’s is – well – more frequent. Sorry. Truth is truth. We applaud the chain for the all-natural approach, however. P.S. to CJ’s – The encounters were all in the Rocky Mountain states, if that helps.