LA, California (Pasadena) – In-N-Out Burger

Restaurant: In-N-Out Burger
Cuisine: American/Burgers/Fast food
Last visited: October 1, 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA (Pasadena)
Address: 2114 E Foothill Blvd
Price Range: $10 or less

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 6
Service: 3
Ambiance: 3
Overall: 5
Additional comments:

  • Since 1948
  • Privately owned
  • Famous for being fresh
  • Fresh quality ingredients
  • Made upon order
  • Basic menu
  • Best burger of it’s kind
  • Busy/long lines at peak hours
  • World famous burgers and fries
  • No freezers/microwaves/heat lamps
  • 100% pure beef patties
  • Whole leaf lettuce
  • Hand cut (in store) fried
  • Real ice cream milkshakes
  • Popular to EVERYONE
  • Cheap eats/Budget friendly
  • Kid-friendly
  • Sun-Thursday 10:30am-1am
  • Fri-Say 10:30am-1:30am

**Recommendations: Any of the burgers – as long as its Animal Style. Also get fries Animal Style and a milkshake to wash it down.

This is my 2nd post for In-N-Out Burger. It didn’t feel right to only have a post for the one in Las Vegas when In-N-Out Burger was born in California. (To see my post for In-N-Out Burger in Las Vegas click here.) In-N-Out Burger is the Californian tradition so I wasn’t about to go against tradition. It was just as good here as it was in Las Vegas and when it comes to quality control, In-N-Out Burger has it pretty much totally under control! It’s truly a must try and still the best burger for a fast food chain in my opinion.

It’s pretty much an open kitchen and you can watch them slice the onions, grill the patties, chop the lettuce and cut the potatoes.

They only use 100% pure beef patties are from premium cattle and they’re ground and formed by real people at the In-N-Out Burger patty factory. They’re grilled upon order and this location is always packed whether it’s for eat in, take-out or drive-thru.

There’s a whole “secret menu” that only Californians know about and I don’t even know the terms for everything. I know a “flying dutchman” will get you just the meat and cheese. “Protein style” will be lettuce instead of the bun, and of course “animal style” which is grilled onions and their “secret sauce”. They apparently have veggie burgers and chicken burgers, but if you ask for a “veggie burger” or a “chicken burger” they’ll say they don’t have any.

On the table:

Double Double – 6/6

  • Double-Double “Animal Style”
  • Two 100% pure beef patties, hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, spread, two slices of American cheese, with or without onions, stacked high on a freshly baked bun $2.75USD
  • Animal Style: Burger of your choice with hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, a mustard cooked beef patty; add pickle, extra spread, with grilled onions.
  • In-N-Out Burger has coined the term “Animal Style” and whether it be the burgers or the fries, make sure you pay your respects and order it “animal-style”.
  • It’s not even a greasy burger. It’s just a basic burger made with fresh ingredients and that’s the only thing to it.
  • It’s ooey gooey, messy, saucy, soft, crunchy, tangy, sweet, savoury and just perfectly balanced with every flavour coming through.
  • The bun is super soft, lightly toasted and it has a shiny top. They’re generous with all their ingredients and it’s just the perfect balance of everything.
  • The beef patties are quite thin, but the quality is excellent so it’s just enough. You can really taste the crumbly bits of juicy beef chuck they use.
  • It’s whole leaf lettuce, a big slice of fresh tomato, real cheese and the “secret sauce” or Thousand Island spread. Everything is just so fresh!

**Cheeseburger Animal Style – 6/6

  • $2.05USD
  • Nimby’s Burger in Vancouver, BC is very similar to In-N-Out Burger if you want to get an idea of what it tastes like. The Standard Burger at Romer’s Burger Bar is a gourmet version of In-N-Out burger. However, as many In-N-Out Burger knock-off’s there are, not one can offer the same quality AND price as In-N-Out Burger.
  • We didn’t order the fries this time around, but I’ve had them before. They cut the potatoes and fry them upon order. Order them “animal style” – with spread, onions, and cheese!

Fries – 2/6

  • $1.35USD
  • Always order the fries “well done” and “animal style”. They’ll come out extra crispy and smothered with onions and secret sauce on top.
  • The fries are cut and fried upon order and the taste a bit raw, hard and starchy. I’m not really a fan of them and I prefer McDonald’s fries for fast food fries.
  • They are fresh though and they fry them in non-hydrogenated vegetable oil so they’re actually yellow and not brown at all. They taste almost too healthy.


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