A little piece of California, complete with palm trees surrounding it, has arrived in North Texas, and love it or hate it, In-N-Out Burger is a force to be reckoned with.
Wednesday, May 11, was opening day for the chain at both the Frisco and Allen locations and the lines made it evident that In-N-Out has practically a cult following, particularly among the large influx of Californians who have moved to north Texas.
Some camped out overnight to be the first in the doors when they opened this morning at 10:30 a.m. At the Allen location, 1200 burgers were served by noon as the line to dine in stretched out the door and far into the parking area. Most patrons waiting in line said they had waiting an hour or more to make it inside the doors to place their orders.
Cars waiting to order at the drive-through were lined up for half a mile. One woman, who was still in her car, laughed and said she was embarrassed to admit that she had been waiting in the drive-through lane for 40 minutes and hadn’t even made it to the entrance to the parking lot at that point.
The In-N-Out menu consists of three burger varieties: hamburger, cheeseburger, and “Double-Double” (double meat/double cheese). French fries and fountain drinks are available, as well as chocolate, vanilla or strawberry milkshakes. The hamburgers are automatically served with lettuce, tomato, with or without onions (the customer is asked upon ordering, and may have them fresh or grilled), and a sauce similar to Thousand Island dressing, which is called “spread”.
The “secret menu” is available on the In-N-Out website and includes “Animal Style” – a mustard cooked beef patty with lettuce, tomato, pickle, extra spread and grilled onions. (By the way, fries can also be ordered Animal Style)
So, tell us….what is all the hoopla about? Is it hype? What makes people such avid fans of In-N-Out Burger?
The Allen location is at 190 E. Stacy Rd. Allen, TX 75002 Phone: 800-786-1000
Frisco location: 2800 Preston Rd Frisco, TX 75034 Phone: 800-786-1000
In-N-Out Burger is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.